"Urban Sprawl is Finished," Claims Author of Australian Study

The Planning Institute of Australia released a report that predicts a grim future for Australia's suburbs, unless the government moves to radically overhaul its transport and urban policies.

According to Professor Peter Newman of Curtin University, one of the authors of the report, Australia's trade deficit and dependence on foreign oil will sky-rocket if current policies remain unchanged. As a result, he claims, suburbs that are car dependent will become "the slums of the future."

The solution, according to Professor Newman : "every state should duplicate a Queensland law that requires local councils to conduct an ''oil dependence study'' when approving new developments."

Full Story: Oil shortages could turn outer suburbs into slums

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