“More loss than gain in encroaching urban sprawl on threatened open plains”, The Age, 31/5. The grassy plains surrounding Melbourne are under threat from overdevelopment; they are important to the environment but get overlooked.
Dad emmigrated from England in the 1960s and it is not a place he would want to return to now. According to one report the country is more dangerous than the Balkans in terms of crime! As politically-incorrect as it is to say it, England’s huge growing population (mainly through excessive immigration) would be a contributing factor – crowding millions of people together on a relatively small island is asking for trouble, especially when they come from disparate cultures. (The Optimum Population Trust focuses on overpopulation in the UK.)