Extra $5,000 Reward for coverage of the Wilberforce Award in the Murdoch Press

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The Murdoch press are absolutely paranoid about anyone mentioning that we can’t have constant growth in the use of material resources and energy.

What is even worse is the way our politicians appear to have been intimidated on this subject. Many politicians I speak to agree with the simple fact that we can’t always have growth and we need to move to a more stable system. However, a number of them have said to me ‘Dick, what you are saying is absolutely correct, but if I said it I would be crucified by the Murdoch press’.

The fact is we should be discussing all sides of the issue and acknowledging the fact that the growth we have had over the last thirty years cannot continue indefinitely. I am the first to admit that this growth has benefited people greatly, including Rupert Murdoch and myself. But it’s a simple fact that you don’t have to be a very good businessperson to be making more and more money in such a growth-fuelled environment – and we all know that one day there will be a limit to this growth.

It is very sad and also incredibly serious that we presently have a group of politicians, no matter how small, who agree with the important facts about this ‘growth reality’ but are not game to discuss it because they will be attacked.

Recently Barry O’Farrell, the Premier of New South Wales, stated that we would not have another airport in Sydney. He was attacked mercilessly by the Sydney Daily Telegraph. “How could someone doubt growth?” was basically the attitude of the Telegraph.

I have therefore decided on a special $5,000 prize for the first young person under the age of thirty who can get definitive coverage of the Wilberforce Award in the Murdoch press, including the fact that you can’t have constant growth of the use of resources and energy in a finite world.

So go for it! It must be possible. One day there will be a journalist working for Murdoch who is astute enough to somehow get this message in the media, so that both sides of an argument should be fairly shown.

Remember, this is not an emotive view – it’s a simple fact. We can’t always have growth in the use of material resources and energy in a finite world.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE ….

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Plus, I will give an EXTRA AUD5,000 to the first person who can get a proper mention of the Wilberforce Award in the print versions of either New Scientist Magazine or The Economist. Both of these magazines seem to have an insatiable desire for promoting growth. Then again, no doubt they are owned by capitalists who want their business to grow every year!  So – I’ll say it again – to the first person who can get a story which covers the basic points about the Wilberforce Award in a print version of one of these magazines I will be happy to send a cheque for AUD5,000.

Dick Smith’s Wilberforce Award in the News

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Following his launch of the Wilberforce Award last week, Dick Smith received some great coverage in the press.

Check out what Sydney’s Channel 7 News had to say about the Award, as well as what The Australian and the SMH had to say about Dick, the doco and the award.

Channel 7 News Coverage of Dick’s launch of the Wilberforce Award on 11 August

SMH: Dick’s blonde ambition: $1m cash to save civilisation
The Australian: Dick Smith offers $1m for person who reduces population with Wilberforce Award


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Wilberforce award announced

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Armed with a suitcase full of cash and more blonde beauties than Richard Branson, businessman Dick Smith announced his Wilberforce award at the FEX Market Site in Sydney on Wednesday 11 August 2010.

The award is designed to give a one million dollar prize to anyone under 30 who can impress Dick by becoming famous through his or her ability to show leadership in communicating an alternative to our population and consumption growth-obsessed economy.

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Sydney Premiere: Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle

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The Sydney premiere of Dick Smith’s documentary The Population Puzzle took place on Tuesday August 10 at the Chauvel cinema in Paddington.

Dick Smith and his family, including his wife and two daughters were there, as was the Director Simon Nasht, and many members of the crew.

Following the film a lively debate ensued with filmmakers, politicians and members of the Australian Population Party all contributing to the discussion with Dick and Simon.

To see what happened at the event, check out the photos below.

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