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Student union accused of censorship

The Students Association of the Australian National University stands accused of censorship and shutting down debates, exactly the opposite of what one should expect in a modern university, says Sandra Kanck, President of environment group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

National Vice-President of SPA, Ms Jenny Goldie, was booked more than a month ago to address an O-Week forum on climate change today but, having travelled from Cooma to Canberra to fulfil her commitment, arrived to find the room unattended.

February 19 2020

SPA will launch new documentary 8 Billion Angels

 

An excellent new feature length documentary on overpopulation will be screening as part of Melbourne's film festival.

Sustainable Population Australia will collaborate with our international colleagues Earth Overshoot for the Australian debut screening 8 Billion Angels.

SPA Communications manager Michael Bayliss will open the screening with an introductory speech.

"8 Billion Angels takes the audience across the world, weaving together the voices of people around the world as they confront the growing impact of overpopulation on their lives and provides real solutions to steer us on the path to lasting sustainability and prosperity for the earth and all of its inhabitants."

8 Billion Angels will screen on February 25th at Nova Cinema, Carlton at 08:30pm.  A link to the transition film festival and film trailer can be found here.  At this stage, SPA will be organising group booking tickets for a discounted rate of $11.  If you are interested in taking part of the group booking offer, please contact media@population.org.au  by Friday 14th February.

We are very exctied and honoured to be taking part in the screening of what promises to be a cinematic powerhouse with a strong, clear message.

See you there!

February 7 2020

SPA Newsletter 138 - February 2020

 In the newsletter you will find

  • An article on population growth and bushfires
  • Opinion articles by Richard Eckersley, Abigail Weinberg, and Jane O’Sullivan et al.
  • Two proposals that SPA is supporting
  • A report on the launch of SPA’s discussion paper on infrastructure
  • A report on John Coulter winning a lifetime achiever award
  • Book reviews of Growth by Vaclav Smil and of On Fire by Naomi Klein
  • Branch reports and the Communication Manager’s report
  • Notice of the AGM

Happy reading!

Supplementary submission to the Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis

 

 

13 August 2019

Supplementary submission to the Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis

"Sustainable Population Australia welcomes the opportunity to submit some supplementary material to the Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis, in addition to our earlier submission dated 10/9/18.

February 3 2020

A United Nations Framework Convention on Population Growth.

There is an international movement to set up a United Nations Framework Convention on Population Growth that we invite all Australians to be part of.

The aim of this proposal is to establish a Framework Convention on Population Growth – one akin to the Paris Agreement for climate change with Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in pursuit of a sustainable population in every country. 

January 21 2020

Burn For You - National President New Years Message

Post-election our Prime Minister ironically promised he would burn for us every day. I’ve seen no sign of him burning: the continent seems to be doing it for him.

While climate change related bushfires are front of mind for Australians at the moment, it is useful to reflect that the emissions contributing to climate change and these mega-fires were produced twenty years ago.

Then, earth’s population was 6 billion, now it’s 7.7 billion.

January 3 2020

REDUCTION IN POPULATION GROWTH RATE WELCOME

Media release 20 December 2019

 

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has welcomed the reduction in Australia’s annual population growth rate from 1.6 per cent to 1.5 per cent over the past quarter.

December 21 2019

Population growth and Infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

Sustainable Population Australia – Discussion Paper

Lead Author: Leith van Onselen

November 2019

November 25 2019

REPORT FINDS INFRASTRUCTURE BACKLOG TOO BIG FOR CATCH-UP

Sustainable Population Australia media release
Tuesday 26 November 2019

 

Unless Australia's population growth is substantially reduced, it is an illusion to believe that infrastructure will ever catch up, according to a report launched today by the Hon Bob Carr.

The report called “Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion,” was commissioned by Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The lead author was Leith van Onselen of the leading investment and business blog, Macrobusiness.

November 25 2019

Launch of SPA Discussion Paper: Population growth and Infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) launched our discussion paper: Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: The catch-up illusion.

The launch was held in Sydney, November 26,  hosted by Professor Bob Carr (SPA Patron) and Leith Van Onselen from MacroBusiness, lead author of the paper.  It was very well attended by a cross section of the community, including concerned residents, envrionmentalists, academics and the media.

This paper and the launch is the culmination of several months’ effort by the SPA team.

  • A link to the full report can be found here
  • The media release can be found here
  • An attachment to Leith van Oselen's presentation slides can be found in the attached pdf below

This paper should stimulate public awareness and discussion and influence our political leaders to take more seriously the issues of population growth.

You can help to add to the ‘buzz’ about this new paper by sharing this link with your friends and family.  If you are Twitter or Facebook users, please go to the SPA Facebook and Twitter pages, to share or re-tweet the post, which will be found as a pinned post at the top of the page.

  • Facebook link here
  • Twitter link here...  If you are tweeting, you may like to include some hashtags such as the following: #auspol #infrastructure  #populationgrowth  #population  #planning

With the ongoing support from SPA members and supporters, this will be the first of a series of well-researched, professional papers which will challenge mainstream thinking about population numbers.

 

Link to the discussion papers page
 

 

November 25 2019

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