News | Sustainable Population Australia


High immigration too large a cost to offset ageing

A significant study released today by Dr Katharine Betts and published on the Monash University Centre for Population and Urban Research website shows that, while high immigration can reduce the median age of the population by a few years, it comes at great cost.

The cost is significant population growth that lowers national productivity by taking resources away from productive investment and capital deepening. It also leads to many more older people than would be the case were the population to stabilise.

May 1 2014

Greening cities not enough to ensure sustainable communities

Greening cities, the theme of this year’s Earth Day, is a noble objective but not enough to ensure sustainable communities, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Only by stabilising population numbers in cities can sustainability hope to be achieved, says SPA’s national president, Ms Jenny Goldie.

May 1 2014

Treasurer Hockey ignores massive source of funds

Amid all the talk by politicians and media about the imminent horror budget with cuts to many important services, Treasurer Joe Hockey  fails to see the source of more than enough money to cover all these ‘holes’, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Cutting immigration significantly, and thus the population growth rate, would free billions of dollars that would otherwise be spent on infrastructure.

April 26 2014

Ending population growth a critical mitigation tool

Ending world population growth as soon as possible is critical if the world is to limit global warming to 2oC, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its report issued yesterday said ‘urgent action’ is needed if we are to keep within the internationally agreed limit of 2oC.

April 14 2014

The Ethics of Migration - Symposium recordings

SPA presented a Symposium on "The Ethics of Migration" in conjunction with the SPA AGM on the 5th of April, 2014 at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Barton ACT.

In case you missed them, here are the speakers and the audio files for their talks:

  • Retired Anglican Bishop George Browning (mp3, 9.5MB)
  • Former Australian Democrats leader Dr John Coulter (mp3, 9.1MB)
  • Theologian, author and broadcaster Dr Paul Collins (mp3, 13.7MB)
  • Founder of Australia 21 and SEE-Change, Em Professor Bob Douglas (mp3, 10.6MB)
  • Authority on climate and health, Em Professor Tony McMichael
  • Philosopher, Assoc. Professor William Grey of Univ. of Queensland
April 11 2014


A major symposium* to be held in Canberra next week will address the ethical issues surrounding migration. The symposium is being organised by Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) which felt many important aspects of migration had been ignored, not least the environmental impact of additional population on the host country, and the issue of intergenerational equity.

March 28 2014

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