News | Sustainable Population Australia

An independent not-for-profit organisation seeking to protect the environment and our quality of life by ending population growth in Australia and globally, while rejecting racism and coercive population control. SPA is an environmental advocacy organisation, not a political party.

News

Political parties must acknowledge population growth as a leading cause of biodiversity loss

In response to the sweeping U.N. report that says one million species are at risk of extinction, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) urges our federal and state governments and political parties to urgently acknowledge that population growth is a leading cause of biodiversity loss.

The report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was compiled by nearly 150 authors from 50 nations, working for three years. Each member nation signed off on the findings.

May 8 2019

Prof. Bob Birrell winner of Mary E White Unsung Hero award

Professor Bob Birrell, head of The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI), is the inaugural winner of the Mary E White Unsung Hero award.  The winner was announced at the Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) Annual General Meeting in Brisbane on the weekend.

The Unsung Hero award is given to a person who has done outstanding work in the field of population but has largely been unrecognised for his or her achievements.

May 1 2019

Federal election candidates will explain their position on Australia’s rapid population growth at SPA forum

 

Federal election candidates will explain their position on Australia’s rapid population growth at a free public forum on Saturday 27 April, to be held at Griffith University.

 

The forum is organised by the environmental advocacy group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), in the interests of more open and informed debate about the impacts of population growth.

The forum also includes expert speakers on the topic, including ecologist Dr Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and journalist Crispin Hull.

April 23 2019

Results of New TAPRI survey

Immigration –TAPRI survey

April 15 2019

NEW POPULATION REPORT – AUSTRALIA’S LEADERS NEED TO START LISTENING

11 April 2019

A new report on population and immigration is clear proof Australia’s mainstream political parties are ignoring the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the Australian people, according to the environmental advocacy group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

“The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) report’s finding that 72 per cent of Australians believe Australia does not need more people is in line with similar findings from numerous other surveys in recent years,” says the national president of SPA, Ms Sandra Kanck.

April 11 2019

ANNUAL POPULATION GROWTH OF NEARLY 400,000 UNSUSTAINABLE: SPA

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) expresses deep concern that Australia is growing by nearly 400,000 people a year, describing it as ‘unsustainable’.

Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released its figures for the year ending 30 September 2018, with Australia showing a growth rate of 395,100 or 1.6 per cent. Of this growth, 61 per cent was from net overseas migration (240,100) and 39 per cent from natural increase (155,000).

March 23 2019

Population, sustainability and quality of life: what future do we want for Australia?

Sustainable Population Australia invites you to a free Public Forum: Population, sustainability and quality of life: what future do we want for Australia?

When:   Saturday 27 April 2019 1.30 – 5 pm
Where:  The EcoCentre, Griffith University Nathan Campus, building N68
RSVP:    qld@population.org.au
More details: See this poster which includes a map

Confirmed speakers:

Hugh Possingham, Ecologist and Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
Sue Arnold, Journalist and President of Australians for Animals NSW.
Steve McDonald, Town Planner & President of Redlands2030 citizen action group.
Cameron Murray, Economist and Senate candidate for Sustainable Australia.
Crispin Hull, journalist and columnist for the Canberra Times.
Kelvin Thomson, former Federal Labor MP for the seat of Wills.

Open to all members of the public.  This event includes afternoon tea.  

March 3 2019

Public Launch of Tough Crowd Series

 

SPA is celebrating the success of the public launch of the TOUGH CROWD series.

Tough Crowd is our new YouTube series where much loved comedian Rod Quantock interviews comedians, environmentalists, politicians and other interesting people on their perspectives on population and their personal journeys and challenges when dealing and talking about this difficult but very important topic.

In episode one, Series one of Tough Crowd, Rod Quantock chats with comedian/musician Jude Perl. Jude discusses her reasons for not having children and some of the challenges involved in convincing her friends and family on her decision.  Jude discusses how she incorporates her child- free journey into her live shows and songs and why it is important to be a role model for others who are having second thoughts on having children. Jude goes on to perform a live rendition of her very topical original song, 'Let's Hang Out'.

Other interviews include Sri Lankan born environmental scientist Asitha Samarawickrama, and candidates for AJP and Sustainable Australia, Bruce Poon and Mark McDonald.

The Tough Crowd series was formed by a chance meeting between Rod Quantock and former SPA National President, Dr James Ward.  The idea was to create a personable, relatable and entertaining series of interviews around the challenges of talking about population in wider society.  The project was funded by a generous donation from Dick Smith in conjunction to SPA's first ever crowd funding campaign.

We hosted a public screening in Melbourne to celebrate the project, acknowledge the crowd funding supporters and other contributors to the project, and to finally launch the series to the wider world.  The response to the screening was enthusiastic and supportive.  The screening was part of the Sustainable Living Festival program and we thank SLF for their partnership and support.

Episode one of Tough Crowd is now available to watch on our YouTube channel.  We will be releasing an episode every couple of weeks so stay tuned!

 

Below are some photos from the opening night of the public screening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 1 2019

TOUGH CROWD launch and public screening, with Rod Quantock

Celebrate the launch of the Tough Crowd web series, featuring live performances by Rod Quantock, OAM and Jude Perl, comedian and musician.

Population is an issue that is a concern to many environmentalists and this issue is not just the responsibility of policy makers, it can influence people’s personal decisions, such as having children. Rod Quantock interviews comedians and interesting people on the challenges they face in discussing population as an environmental issue.

Tough Crowd intimately explores people’s attitudes toward environmental concerns on population, including decisions around raising families and the difficulties in discussing these issues in society.

The launch will also celebrate the committment of the generous donors to the Crowdfunding Campaign that made this all possible

The screening is in partnership with the 2019 Sustainable Living Festival.

WHEN
FRI 22  Feb or SAT 23 Feb
7:00 PM - 09:00PM

WHERE
LONG PLAY CINEMA
318 ST GEORGES ROAD FITZROY NORTH

COST
FULL TICKET: $10
CONCESSION TICKET: $7

Book tickets here

https://www.trybooking.com/ZHMM

 

 

 

February 12 2019

SPA Newsletter 134 - February 2019

In this issue we highlight the Opinion article about ageing in the prestigious journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TREE), co-authored by SPA's Queensland president, Jane O'Sullivan. There are Opinion pieces by Stephen Saunders and Geoff Davies, what Barry Jones thinks Abraham Lincoln might have said in his Gettysburg address today, and news of the Human Overpopulation Atlas which you can download.

Pages