Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Back in the Burbs

I have recently moved back to the south-eastern suburbs of Perth. For those not familiar with the socio-geography of my fine city, that is akin to moving to the western suburbs of Sydney or Auckland, or moving to Adelaide (I love Adelaide jokes). It's a temporary arrangement and one I look forward to ending for many reasons. I'd like to share one of those reasons:

Today I noticed a car parked in the driveway directly across the street. On its back windscreen (taking up the majority of the windscreen) was an outline of the Australian coast within which were the words "Fuck Off We're Full".

On the very remote chance that the car's owner might read this blog, I'd like to do a quick comparison to disprove his/her assertion of Australia's apparent 'repleteness':

Size: 7,686,850 sq km
Population: 20,090,437 (July 2005 est.)
People per sq km: 2.61

Size: 3,287,590 sq km
Population: 1,080,264,388 (July 2005 est.)
People per sq km: 328.59

Size: 9,596,960 sq km
Population: 1,306,313,812 (July 2005 est.)
People per sq km: 136.12

Size: 9,631,418 sq km
Population: 295,734,134 (July 2005 est.)
People per sq km: 30.71

By my reckoning, Australia is less than 1% full when compared to India, less than 2% full when compared to China, and still less than 10% full when compared to the US.

So, to the bogan who owns the blue falcon parked across the street, why don't you fuck off, you misguided racist cunt! You may speak for a few, but you don't speak for all of us.

All stats courtesy of The World Factbook.

Listening to: Mercury Rev - Deserter Songs


At 4:02 pm, Blogger chuffed_enuff said...

Ooooh! Touche!

I especially like how you backed up your argument with real evidence- like, if you got into a verbal spat with the neighbour you could actually quote statistics and make him/her feel even more ignorant.


At 10:17 pm, Blogger jenny said...

oh, comparing!

size: 449,964 sq km
population: 9,001,774 (July 2005 est.)
people per sq km: 20.0

damn, we're tiny.

At 2:13 am, Anonymous bob said...

your comparisons are relevant, but wouldnt Australia's large arid areas have some bearing too? yet im quite sure said bogan had other motivations for putting the sticker on his car.

i saw a car with a "if you dont like it here, leave" sticker the other day. it was accompanied by a south african flag sticker.

At 8:28 am, Blogger worldpeace and a speedboat said...

hi! found your site via Zoe's (discussing her wonderful new friend, Peter)...

of course the comment on the back of the car is vile and racist. but it might help to come up with some other evidence instead of population density, because we've already pretty much run out of sustainably usable land.

the bee in my bonnet at the moment is that we're putting badly designed, poorly equipped McMansion developments on prime farming land within coo-ee of major cities. witness Kellyville/Rouse Hill in Sydney's north-west, which used to be market gardens and dairy farms 30 years ago (I grew up there), and Shellharbour in the Illawarra, which until just one or two years ago was prime dairy country (of course, deregulation of the dairy industry was helping to kill that off was well). this means two things -

a) it's sustainable land that can never be used for farming again.

b) we have to cart fresh produce to major cities from further and further away, making it more expensive.

it makes me a bit miffed, it does.

so please, find different evidence to shoot those racist buggers down in flames. god knows the people who immigrate to this country, are by far more interesting and more productive than the trash who take it all for granted...

At 8:32 am, Blogger courabyra said...

The Optimum Population Trust is an environmental organisation in England whose concern is with the impact of population growth on the environment. Their research is based on climate change, energy requirements, impacts on biodiversity and other environmental factors. They recommend stabilisation and gradual population decrease globally and in the UK.

The Optimum Population Trust, determined that at the current standard of living (as determined by the WWF's Living Planet Report 2002), the optimum population for Australia is 10 million (rather than our present 20.4 million) and at a lower standard of living, it is 21 million

So, despite it's rather crude and offensive nature, the sticker's not that far wrong.

And while I'm being annoyingly pedantic, it's not racist either. Apparently all immigrants can "f#ck off", not just those of a specific race or nationality.

Which again, might be grossly rude and offensive, but doesn't make it racist.



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