SPA Newsletter 115 - Apr 2014

  • University of Hawaii study shows that population growth has been downplayed, trivialised or ignored in scientific, environmental, public and political circles
  • Paul Ehrlich speech to the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • How about tradeable baby credits?
  • Research from UK’s Population Matters showing the costs of growing population in that country

Latest change to 457 program a retrograde step

The Abbott government’s reopening of a visa loophole in the temporary working visa (457) program is a retrograde step, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

The Gillard government in 2013 had tightened the program to stop rorting by employers in the mining, construction and IT industries who knowingly hired hundreds more foreign workers than they had applied for.

March 13 2014

No advancement for women without access to family planning

There will be no positive change for women unless they have control over their own fertility, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). This requires ready access to contraception within the context of the full range of reproductive health and rights.

Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) and encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere in every way.

March 7 2014

Quality of education to fall unless population also stabilised

Should Treasurer Joe Hockey stop growth in education spending then he must also stop growth in population if standards are not to fall, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Treasurer Joe Hockey unveiled the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) in Canberra yesterday, warning that social programs, including education, health and welfare, would not see any growth in funding.

February 25 2014

Rod Quantock 'peaks' into the future

Melbourne-based comedian Rod Quantock is bringing his latest show Peak-a-boo to Sydney next week

Friday February 21, 7.00pm at the Mitchell Theatre, 280 Pitt St. Bookings through Ticketmaster.

February 17 2014

The Ethics of Migration

SPA presents a Symposium on

The Ethics of Migration

1.30 – 5pm, Saturday 5 April 2014


  • Retired Anglican Bishop George Browning
  • Former Australian Democrats leader Dr John Coulter
  • Theologian, author and broadcaster Dr Paul Collins
  • Founder of Australia 21 and SEE-Change, Em Professor Bob Douglas
  • Authority on climate and health, Em Professor Tony McMichael
  • Philosopher, Assoc. Professor William Grey of Univ. of Queensland
February 10 2014

Proxy Form for the 2014 AGM

Attached is the proxy voting form for the 2014 SPA AGM.

February 10 2014

Questioning Growth: Climate Change and the Economy

You are invited to attend a screening of

Hooked on Growth

followed by discussion on how to move towards a sustainable steady state economy

Saturday, 22nd March 2014
1.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Mitchell Theatre
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
Level 1, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Cost: $5 unwaged, $10 waged, $20 passionate

February 10 2014

SPA Newsletter 114 - Feb 2014

  • Latest statistics show 1.8% annual population growth rate for Australia, three times the OECD average
  • Bindi Irwin – SPA’s new Youth Ambassador
  • Population policies of some political parties contesting the South Australian state election: Stop Population Growth Now, Liberal Party, Labor Party, Greens and Australian Democrats
  • State of the Planet in 1630

Australia's population growth rate remains alarmingly high

18 December 2013

Australia’s growth rate of 1.8 per cent is alarmingly high, unsustainable and unacceptable, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its demographic figures for the year ending June 2013 yesterday, revealing Australia’s population growth rate remains at 1.8 per cent. Population growth for the period was 407,000 with natural increase contributing 162,700 people and Net Oversea Migration (NOM) 244,400 people.

December 19 2013