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SOCIAL ISSUES—GLOBAL POPULATION

The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown), also on behalf of Senator Waters, amended general business notice of motion no. 505 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the estimation by the United Nations (UN) that the global population, which was some two billion people in 1927, and some three billion in 1959, has now surpassed seven billion people, and may, later this century, build to nine or 10 billion people; and

 (b) accepts responsibility for debating this historic and challenging issue and the need for Australia, also estimated by the UN to be the world's wealthiest nation in terms of natural resources per capita, to take a lead role in devising how the planet may accommodate a greater population, using greater resources per capita, within the planetary boundaries.

Question put and passed.