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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33 No. 14. 1970

Population planning:

Population planning:

There is need for New Zealand to have a population policy specifying optimum rates of increase and a population ceiling.

This should be the task of the National Development Conference. However, instead of presenting long-term recommendations on this subject the NDC passively accepted predicted population increases and used these estimates as their target.

These figures were reached before the recommendations of the Physical Environment Conference on optimum environments were made. The question of regulation of growth-rates arises.

Proposals on population regulation will have to include free contraception, abortion and sterilization available to everyone desiring them. Tax exemptions for children should be abolished, and tax penalties for more than two children will probably be needed.