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“Population and Ageing: Disaster or Triumph?”

Following the SPA AGM held in Adelaide on the 7th March this year (2015) the organisers 'treated' the public and the assembled members to a symposium titled “Population and Ageing: Disaster or Triumph?” Three speakers, Dr Katharine Betts, Dr. Jane O'Sullivan and Associate Professor Philip Lawn delivered powerful presentations examining the current debate on population aging.

The Powerpoint presentations accompanying each talk have been made available by each speaker and are attached here as PDF's and links ae provided to the video presentations of each. You are encourged to download for use in personal research.

May 15 2015

Population and Ageing:Disaster or Triumph? - Free Public Seminar

 Free Public Seminar

Population and Ageing: Disaster or Triumph?

7 March, 1 pm - 5 pm 

Bradley Forum, Hawke Centre, Uni SA, West Campus, 55 North Tce 

February 16 2015

Buy Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

To order a copy of this book, please call SPA's office on 0434 962 305.

"This is a magnificent book, albeit confronting at times. SPA is extremely fortunate to have been given a number of books to sell and distribute in Australia."

Book review by Jenny Goldie. Originally published in the SPA Feb Newsletter

February 7 2015

SPA Newsletter 119 - Feb 2015

  • Hon. Kelvin Thomson MP talks about Australia’s continuing population growth and its impacts on employment
  • Peter McDonald, Professor of Demography at Australian National University, tells us there are no formal qualifications required to call oneself a demographer
  • Economics analyst Leith van Onselen compares the employment rates of Roy Morgan Research and the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Drop in growth rate welcome – SPA

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes the drop in the population growth rate as reported by the Australian Bureaus of Statistics (ABS) on Friday.

The growth rate in the year to 30 June 2014 was 1.6 per cent, or an increase of 364,900 over the previous year. The growth rate has declined slowly from over 2% three years ago. While growth in both net overseas migration (NOM) and natural increase fell, the fall was greater with NOM, meaning natural increase now makes up 42% (as against 40%) of the total growth.

December 22 2014

SPA Newsletter 118 - Nov 2014

  • World population predictions for 2100
  • Dr Walter Youngquist: Energy and population
  • Dr Nick Ware: What is the ideal population?
  • Dr David Kault: Ebola for catastrophists
  • Obituary of SPA member, Dr Tony McMichael, “the gentle giant of epidemiology”
  • Book review: Sustainable Futures - Linking population, resources and the environment (editors Jenny Goldie and Katharine Betts)

How big for Sydney?

An important public meeting for concerned Sydney residents

Guest speakers:

Come and ask your own questions:
2 pm, Saturday November 8, Glebe Town Hall

October 16 2014

Give all adolescent girls sex education and information about contraception

Media release for International Day of the Girl Child (October 11)

Adolescent girls everywhere should have age appropriate sex education and ready access to contraception should they need it.

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child and the 2014 theme is "Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence".

According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), an unwanted pregnancy is a form of violence against an adolescent girl.

October 10 2014

Universal access to contraception critical for stabilising population

If we are to avoid having 12 billion people on the planet by the end of the century, we must make contraception readily available to all couples.

On 18 September 2014, an important paper was published in the journal Science from the United Nations’ Population Division, saying that world population is unlikely to stabilise this century and instead could grow from the current 7.2 billion to between 9.6 and 12.3 billion by 2100.

September 27 2014

SPA Newsletter 117 - Sep 2014

  • Crawford Fund Parliamentary Conference told that if we are to provide food for nine billion we must invest in women, which must include sexual health and reproductive rights.
  • Tim Roberts and Nigel Stace (University of Newcastle): Mankind - ten billion or two billion? Facing the 21st Century version of the
    Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Leith van Onselen: Abbott's toxic immigration policy

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