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It is not an easy question to answer as Climate Change is increasingly beginning to affect the decisions made about our future.
Example. Would you invest in a new fruit farm in California?
Would you build a high-rise on a low-lying coastal area?
Would you increase the Federal Budget for flood and bush-fire damage?
It does not matter if you agree that Climate Disasters are man-made or not you still have to plan for the increase in Climate Disasters.
Therefore, any technology has to take Climate Change into account.
I would say any technology that is related to Disaster Management and Control, any to do with water and food production and any technology that involves Civil Defense will all be in demand.
As for the subject ‘World Peace’, without technology advances in the areas I have just described I believe the possibility of World Peace to be increasingly remote without them.
Climate Disasters will increase in frequency and in magnitude causing vast movements of people – we are already seeing a yearly increase in movements of people affected by Climate Disasters. Countries will seek to manage their borders in order to ensure that food and water is available for their own citizens.
This could lead to an increase in regional Conflicts and perhaps even a constant state of ‘World Conflict’.
If we want World Peace we must be able to address the ‘conflict of interests’ that will occur with Climate Change and for that we will need technologies that will provide, food, water and shelter.
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For those outside of Australia it would appear to be almost deliberate that there are any homeless people and to some extent that is almost true.
Successive Governments have failed to produce policies which last longer than their term of Government and State Politics work against each other.
Australia’s refugee policy has become inhumane, ridiculous and very expensive. It has divided Australia as it offers no solutions only controversy.
Like most citizens of any country people want their own looked after first hence the homeless and asylum seekers debate.
These are my suggestions;
There are many buildings in Australia that lie empty and it would not be difficult to draft legislation that ensures every developer builds x number of social housing homes per x of commercial development.
The economies of scale of even a moderate commercial development of 10 homes would make building a social home less expensive than as a stand-alone construction.
Australia also needs an industrial strategy that provides value-added employment. It has bled it’s resources dry. Australia has a powerhouse in the sun and that too has the potential to provide thousands of jobs should Australia decide to become a net exporter of energy.
There are no doubt those who say Australia’s first priority should be to its citizens – to which I agree. But the relatively small amount of asylum seekers when processed can be quite easily absorbed with a minimum term of directed location by a country which still seeks legal immigrants.
What Australia needs is a Bi-Partisan refugee policy so asylum seekers are not subjected to Political football .
Unfortunately selfish Party Politics would appear to produce self-obsessed Party Policies which only produce the destructive forces of economic disunity and mediocre politicians.