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SPA Newsletter 140 - August 2020

In this newsletter you will find

SPA Submission to the Temporary Migration Parliamentary Inquiry

On 5 December 2019, The Federal Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on Temporary Migration to inquire into and report on the impact temporary migration has on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions.  SPA wrote a submission in response to the inquiry.  All submissions can be read at the Inquiry website here at time of writing  (06/08/2020).

August 6 2020

Will global population peak below 10 billion?

 

This month new projections of global population growth were published in the prestigeous journal The Lancet, anticipating a peak of 9.7 billion people around 2064 - much lower than the United Nations projects. But these findings have been challenged in an analysis by SPA member Dr. Jane O'Sullivan, which can be read here at 'The Overpopulation Project'.

 

July 31 2020

The sky will not fall due to slower population growth

(SPA media release 27/07/2020)

 

Treasury projections that Australia’s population growth rate in 2021 will drop to 0.6 percent from 1.6 percent due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been welcomed by Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

The Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has encouraged Australians to have more babies to bolster a flagging economy.

 

July 27 2020

WORLD POPULATION DAY 2020 - PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS DURING COVID

 

(SPA media release, 09th July, 2020)

 

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has called for the rights of women and girls to be protected during the COVID-19 crisis, particularly with respect to reproductive health.

 

World Population Day is celebrated on 11 July, and this year’s goal is to raise awareness of women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health needs and of their vulnerabilities during the pandemic.

 

July 9 2020

Australia’s COVID-19 recovery must question our breakneck population growth

SPA is one again on the pulse to debate on the society that we want after COVID-19  and to ensure that we break from the past mistake that have lead us to our current predicaments.

SPA Member and VicTas branch committee member Hamish Burns had an articles published on this very issue in the esteemed journal 'Independent Australia'

We republish below with Hamish's permission

June 27 2020

UNSUNG HERO AWARD GOES TO CANBERRA RESIDENT

At its national AGM on Saturday, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) awarded the annual Mary E White Unsung Hero award to Colin Samundsett of Farrer.

Dr Mary White was a renowned author and paleo-botanist who died two years ago. She had been one of five Patrons of SPA.

SPA National President, Hon Sandra Kanck, says Colin Samundsett was the kind of member that every organisation wished for: committed to its ideals and prepared to put the time into making it work.

May 25 2020

SPA Annual General Meeting 2020

The AGM is being held electronically on Saturday, 23rd May at 11 am (EST). We are allowing 90 minutes for the meeting to be completed.

If you wish to participate in the meeting it is essential that you register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtc-mrpzktE9aofRSauoZlOF-jNbOnPtJv

This must be done by close of business on Wednesday, 20th May in order for the Returning Officer to check your membership status.

You will not be entitled to vote if you are not financial.

Some of you have previously lodged proxy forms in relation to the constitutional ballot questions and your vote has already been entered on a tally sheet. All others attending the meeting will vote electronically on the day.

Please check the ballot proposals in the attached agenda. If you would like to speak to any of them, either for or against, then you will need to let me know by 22nd May.

The day before the meeting those who have registered will be sent an invitation with the electronic link and a password to join. The invitation will include the President’s and Treasurer’s Reports and yes/no cases for the constitutional ballots (which were previously sent out to you in February) plus some technical instructions to help your participation in the meeting.

Sandra Kanck, SPA National President.

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May 18 2020

Write to your Federal MPs in support of MP Kristina Keneally to reduce migration

You will probably be aware of the article by Senator Kristina Keneally who called for a reduction in temporary skilled migration numbers.  This was in order to give Australians first opportunity in the employment market as we emerge from  the Covid -19  lock-down. 

This reasonable suggestion has met with a barrage of indignant counter articles, some accusatory on the basis of racism and some calling into question her right to offer an opinion because she, herself is a migrant!
See the article in the SMH  here

We feel this is an opportunity to support Senator Keneally's position by writing to her and also to express your opinion to your local representatives in both the Upper and Lower Houses of the Federal Parliament.

 

 

It is definitely worth contacting other Federal Labor MPs and Senators to try and get them on side.  For example, we strongly recommend that you write to your representing Labor Senators. Labor needs to be shown by the community, whilst in opposition, that lowering migration (and increasing family planning foreign aid)  is a move that is popular in the community, despite the opposing opinion pieces and twitter storms.

In these matters, timing is vital. It is not necessary to write a long letter but just to express your support for Senator Keneally's position.  If you like, you can suggest that Keneally's position does not go far enough, and that population policy needs to also take into consideration the environment,  the carrying capacity of our fragiled continent and the necessity for family planning directed foreign aid in any discussion around population policy.

We also recommend that you follow up letters with a telephone call if you can.  Direct voice contact is a very effective way of ensuring that your point is heard by a member of staff.  Remember that all MPs have a legal responsibility to respond to their constituents,  so please insist when you call that your opinion is passed on.

It's not often that a politician takes a stand like this. In our view she has very adequately defended her position in the face quite intimidating interrogation by media entities.

Senator Keneally can be contacted here

To find your own representatives

Please don't hesitate to contact SPA at media@population.org.au  if you would like any further assistance with advice on writing to your MP (including examples of pro forma letters).  Also, please email to let us know if your MP responds and there is any news you would like to share with us.

 

 

May 12 2020

COVID-19 and Population - an update

(image by Anna Shvets via Pexels)

 

May 4 2020

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