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Submission in Response to the Issues Paper to Inform Development of a National Food Plan

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), was formed 23 years ago, and was originally known as Australians for an Ecologically Sustainable Population. We are the only environment group in Australia with a specific population focus.
 
Among our aims and objectives, the following are relevant to the issues paper and motivate our response:
  • To contribute to public awareness of the limits of Australian population growth from ecological, social and economic viewpoints,
September 6 2015

Energy policy submission

In the second decade of the 21st century energy policy needs to be set in the widest and most comprehensive context, something the Issues Paper fails to do. The Issues Paper is set within a ‘Business as Usual’ (BAU) context assuming that the continuous growth conditions of the past six decades can and should be extended into the indefinite future. It can be shown that this is neither possible nor desirable.
 
September 6 2015

SPA Newsletter 121 - Sep 2015

  • Dr Paul Murtagh analyses Paul Ehrlich’s population bomb arguments and finds that Ehrlich was right
  • Journalist Crispin Hull writes about Australia’s serious infrastructure backlog
  • Research Fellow Samuel Alexander tells us that “If everyone lived in an ‘eco-village’ the earth would still be in trouble”
  • Economics commentator Leith van Onselen says we should celebrate recent figures showing that Australia’s population growth rate has lowered

SUBMISSION TO THE PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION: MIGRANT INTAKE INTO AUSTRALIA

1. OVERVIEW OF SUBMISSION

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes the Productivity Commission’s (the “Commission”) inquiry regarding the Migrant Intake into Australia and its related call for submissions from interested parties.[1]
In preparing its submission, SPA has considered the Terms of Reference for the inquiry and the related Issues Paper developed by the Commission. In particular, SPA notes that section 1(b) of the Terms of Reference relates to the following considerations:
1. The benefits and costs that the intake of permanent entrants can generate with respect to:
b. The income, wealth and living standards of Australian citizens, including with respect to:
i. impacts on the salaries and employment of Australian citizens, knowledge and skill transfer, productivity, foreign investment, and linkages
to global value chains
ii. cultural, social and demographic impacts
iii. agglomeration, environmental, amenity and congestion effects.
SPA’s submission responds to this aspect of the Terms of Reference and provides recommended policy considerations for Australia’s migrant intake consistent with the following SPA objectives:
· To promote policies that will lead to the stabilisation, and then to reduction, of Australia's population by encouraging low fertility and low migration.
· To promote urban and rural lifestyles and practices that are in harmony with the realities of the Australian environment, its resource base and its biodiversity.
· To advocate low immigration rates while rejecting any selection based on ethnicity.
These objectives are expressed through the enclosed responses to three associated issues identified in the Issues Paper for ease of reference. Relevant research and information is cited for consideration by the Commission.
SPA acknowledges and welcomes the positive contribution of immigrants to Australia’s diverse and rich multicultural environment. Accordingly, SPA’s recommendations for reductions in the permanent migrant intake are in no way based on establishing limitations to specific ethnic groups. It is emphasised that SPA’s recommendations are applied against the consideration of the scale permanent immigration, with respect to its impact on the size and growth rate of Australia’s population.

August 31 2015

Media Release: UN population projections a call to action

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) is calling on the Australian government to wake up from its slumber following the release of the latest UN population projections on July 29.

August 1 2015

Media release: World Population Day (11 July 2015)

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) is calling on Australian charities and aid agencies to focus more on the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls around the world as refugee numbers tragically increase.
SPA national president, Sandra Kanck, says there are too many aid agencies failing to address this fundamental need.
‘Some charities respond to the dictates of conservatism and at best will simply offer words of advice to women and adolescent girls which are not much better than useless in emergency situations’.
‘Prevention is better than cure and many unwanted pregnancies can be avoided by offering females the modern contraception and education they desperately want.’

July 10 2015

Pope’s encyclical misses the main game: overpopulation

Media release Fri, 19th June 2015

The release of the Pope’s encyclical “Praised Be” is very welcome because it recognises the clear and present danger to the earth’s life-support systems, especially through anthropogenic climate change. But environment NGO, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), says the encyclical misses a major part of the problem – the human population explosion.

June 19 2015

SPA Newsletter 120 - Jun 2015

  • Dr Hayden Washington examines that much abused term ‘sustainability’
  • SPA patron Professor Ian Lowe argues for the need for community values to be transformed if we are to have any hope of changing our politicians’ growth fixation.
  • Peter McDonald’s comments about demography in the Feb 2015 edition sparks further discussion
  • Dr John Coulter and Dr Katherine Betts both examine the Australian Government’s 2015 Intergenerational Report and both find it a deeply flawed document

Submission to the inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations

In our submission we are addressing Terms of Reference (TOR) 2,3 and 4.

May 31 2015

Population pressure on the environment will lead to catastrophe

Media release: Earth Day - 21st April, 2015: for immediate release

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) urges people everywhere to mark Earth Day on April 22 by focusing on the role that overpopulation plays in environmental degradation.

May 21 2015

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