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BASE IMMIGRATION ON NUMBERS - NOT RACE OR CULTURE!

Media Release 15/08/2018

 

Immigration policy should be based on numbers, not race, ethnicity or religion, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

SPA rejected the anti-Muslim sentiments of Senator Fraser Anning delivered in Parliament yesterday.

SPA national president Sandra Kanck says the time is long overdue for the immigration debate to be in the context of an ecologically sustainable population for Australia.

SPA president Sandra Kanck said:

August 17 2018

SPA Recognises the Life of Dr Mary White

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) recognises the significant contribution to Australia of its Patron Dr Mary White who died aged 92 in a nursing home in Bundanoon NSW this week.

Dr White, a renowned palaeobotanist, had vascular dementia which ultimately left her bed-bound, unable to speak and mentally incapacitated.

SPA national president Sandra Kanck says Dr White had been a wonderful Patron since 2000 when she and four others succeeded poet and author Judith Wright, SPA’s first Patron.

August 11 2018

MELBOURNE BURSTS AT THE SEAMS AS AUSTRALIA POPULATION HITS 25 MILLION - AERIAL IMPRESSIONS

 

03/08/2018

The Victorian branch of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) expresses deep concern that Australia will reach 25 million people by mid August.  In anticipation of this milestone, SPA literally took to the sky on the issue by flying a small plane over Melbourne to see first hand whether bigger means better.

August 3 2018

Growth squeezes species

In 2010, The Australian Conservation Foundation nominated human population growth as a key threat to biodiversity in Australia.

Their submission outlines areas where the pressure is greatest. For example: In 2005, 60% of Australia’s coastal councils had an annual population growth rate greater than 3%, or at least twice the national average.

Now in 2018, what's changed? Not much. Australia's population is still marching on at a rate that puts us among fastest growing nations in the OECD. Meanwhile we've seen more sensitive habitat squashed by development.

July 28 2018

Australia almost at 25 million with no population policy

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has expressed concern that Australia has all but reached 25 million people and has done so too quickly.  It strongly advocates that policies should be put into immediate effect whereby Australia’s rate of population growth slows and stabilises at the earliest opportunity.

SPA’s national president Ms Sandra Kanck says Australia’s population ballooned more quickly than most other developed countries.

July 19 2018

Media Release - World Population Day

To mark World Population Day on 11 July, seven organizations from three continents are calling on national governments and international institutions to take urgent action in response to the 1992 and 2017 Warnings to Humanity.

These warnings were made by the world’s leading scientists. In 1992, 1,700 scientists urged humankind to curtail environmental destruction and improve its stewardship of the Earth. Last year, 20,000 scientists from 184 countries published a Second Notice, pointing to runaway consumption of limited resources by a still rapidly growing population.

July 10 2018

Web Series with Rod Quantock needs YOUR suport

 

SPA is very excited to share that we are joining forces with the highly loved Melbourne Comedian ROD QUANTOCK to make a web series exploring the topic of population growth!

TOUGH CROWD will be a first of a kind series . Rod will be interviewing other comedians and entertainers to discuss the challenges and difficulties they face when discussing population in wider society.  

This series has HUGE potential to draw interest from wider society. Interviews will share their experience with a poignancy and flare that will be engaging and informative.

Furthermore, if Rod has anything to do with it, the web series will also be raucously funny. If there is one thing our movement needs, it is a generous dose of HUMOUR.

It is a project that SPA has never tried before. It is CRITICAL during this time when mainstream society is actually talking about the issue that we are ready to step up to the challenge and reach out to the ‘Tough Crowd’ out there.

To make this project a success, we need YOUR help.

Many SPA members are now aware of our CROWDFUNDING campaign, which we have launched to raise funds for the series.  Support for our campaign has been hugely positive so far, we have raised $3000 so far with 2 weeks left to go to reach our target of $4500.

Funds are needed for the production cost of the series, including reimbursements for the interviewees, venue higher, editing and promotion.  We also need to to purchase additional film equipment to make this series snappy and professional.

We would be hugely grateful if you were to have a look at the site and consider giving a pledge.  It can be as small as $2, every little bit counts and furthermore it is tax deductible!  For those who choose to pledge more, there are some good rewards up for grabs.  These include your name on the credits , a free CD from my band, all the way through to your own personal lunch with Rod Quantock himself!

It would also be fantastic if you could share this crowd funding campaign with your family, colleagues, networks, fellow resident group members or activists, or indeed ANYONE.  Not everyone is in a position to join SPA, but they may be keen on this project if they are concerned about population - or if they are a Rod Quantock fan!

Every cent will count.  We are living in a time when  Australia is around the corner from hitting a population of 25 million. Melbourne is now heading upwards of 9 million by 2050, and Australia is growing by the size of a new Canberra every year. We are concreting over our farmland, we are expected to run low in water within a decade and Australia has one of the highest rates of land clearing in the world.  We NEED to get the message out there.

Please visit the crowdfunding webpage here to find out more and to leave a pledge

 

June 17 2018

Dr Katharine Betts appointed patron of Sustainable Population Australia

12/06/2018

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) proudly announces that Dr Katharine Betts has accepted the position of Patron of the organisation.

A sociologist by training, Dr Betts is vice-president of The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology.

TAPRI recently released results of their polling which shows Australians overwhelmingly do not want the nation’s population to be further increased.

June 13 2018

SPA Newsletter 132 - June 2018

Contents

MMT basics
MMT and a steady-state economy
MMT and a government job guarantee
SPA celebrates 30th birthday
Branch and president's report

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