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SPA Newsletter 122 - Dec 2015

  • Simon Ross of UK’s Population Matters explains why apparently progressive people fail to understand the significance of population pressures
  • Report on National Science Week debate Can Science Save Humanity?

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

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

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

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)

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

SPA Newsletter 116 - Jun 2014

  • Katharine Betts: Ageing a triumph, not a disaster
  • Nicholas Stuart: A bigger population will not guarantee more prosperity
  • Leith van Onselen: High immigration is creating an illusion of growth
  • Associate Prof William Grey: population, resources, and the environment in the 21st century
  • Em Prof Tony McMichael AO: Climate change, other disruptive socio-environmental changes and human wellbeing and health

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

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

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