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Yeah, look afterwards I thought I may have been a bit harsh on you. Just take it as a given that most Australians are pretty tired of having their country seen in just the one-dimensionally of venomous wildlife.
Regarding aborigines and agriculture that is actually a somewhat debated matter. True, they didn’t practise agriculture in the intensive way that the Javanese were doing just a few hundred kilometres to the north. But the Australian aborigines certainly manipulated and modified the country to provide them with food. There is evidence of them creating yam gardens in the north and across the continent they regularly used fire to produce new regenerating habitats with fresh green grass for the animals they hunted.
Anyway, I guess what I reacted to in your first comment is the ‘practically getting as many people as possible to immigrate’. It’s simply not true. Entry into the country as an immigrant is not easy, it works on a point system based on wanted skills, age, asset base etc. Meeting the required points level is quite hard for many people.
The last thing I want to say is yes, Australia may be able to support more people. But the population of Australia has already grown very rapidly from immigration in the last two hundred years. You can’t grow at break-neck speed and not have problems with cohesiveness of society and environmental impact. In the last twenty years the mood has certainly shifted to one of many people feeling somewhat anxious about impacts on social cohesiveness. Their anxiety may be an over-reaction but it’s there and it is based on a genuine concern. So while in the main big business continues to promote high levels of immigration, the support for it has certainly waned and that is showing up in increased political pressure.