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TOUGH CROWD launch and public screening, with Rod Quantock

Celebrate the launch of the Tough Crowd web series, featuring live performances by Rod Quantock, OAM and Jude Perl, comedian and musician.

Population is an issue that is a concern to many environmentalists and this issue is not just the responsibility of policy makers, it can influence people’s personal decisions, such as having children. Rod Quantock interviews comedians and interesting people on the challenges they face in discussing population as an environmental issue.

Tough Crowd intimately explores people’s attitudes toward environmental concerns on population, including decisions around raising families and the difficulties in discussing these issues in society.

The launch will also celebrate the committment of the generous donors to the Crowdfunding Campaign that made this all possible

The screening is in partnership with the 2019 Sustainable Living Festival.

WHEN
FRI 22  Feb or SAT 23 Feb
7:00 PM - 09:00PM

WHERE
LONG PLAY CINEMA
318 ST GEORGES ROAD FITZROY NORTH

COST
FULL TICKET: $10
CONCESSION TICKET: $7

Book tickets here

https://www.trybooking.com/ZHMM

 

 

 

February 12 2019

Victorian Members - write to your newly elected parliament about your population concerns

 

To our Victorian members, Victorian supporters, and anyone living in Victoria concerned about the record population growth in the state.  Growth which is threatening to liveability and long term sustainability of both Melbourne and regional Victoria.

With a freshly elected Victorian state parliament,  we suspect that population will be a hot topic for the next parliamentary term.

Therefore, it is an ideal time to write to your serving MPs to tell them exactly why high population in Victoria is not serving you.

The more of us that write to our politicians, the louder the voice for change in population policy will become.

For this reason, we have written a pro-forma letter that we believe covers the main points, makes a convincing argument and is keeping to the style that we believe politicians will read.

Please feel free to use the entirely of this pro-forma or to personalise it when sending to your local lower and upper house MPS.

You can search for your own representatives at the website here

 

Thank you and good luck!

 

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), Victoria and Tasmania Branch

 

 

pro forma letter below:

 

 

{local member}

{date}

Dear (Title and name) ,

I am writing to you today in relation to the rapid rate of population growth within our state, particularly within Greater Melbourne, which is growing at over 100,000 per annum.  The only debate within government and the media is centred around “where Victoria should house all of the population growth”, but surely the bigger debate is on the merits of population growth, and whether it is a good idea at all?

Population growth is an issue which exacerbates many of the common concerns of today:congestion, liveability, environment, water security, public-debt, and housing affordability.  Therefore, it is essential that the all levels of government consider these issues against any future population growth. 

Melbourne reached 5 million in 2018, and is now projected to be a Megacity of 8 million by 2051.  This would be a very poor outcome for residents:
A Melbourne of 8 million is not a liveable city.
A Melbourne of 8 million is not a prosperous city.
A Melbourne of 8 million is not a sustainable city.
A Melbourne of 8 million is not an affordable city.

The Victorian government’s plan to continue to expand the suburban fringe (i)  has created large pockets of sprawl, which offer a poor quality of life for residents.  City fringe residents face commute times of up to 2 hours, and confined to a 300m2 block (ii) , yet don’t enjoy any of the benefits of rural lifestyles.  However, with median house prices in excess of $1 million for the majority of Melbourne’s established suburbs, few families have a choice but to live in these fringe estates.  

The alternative of increasing the density of Melbourne with more apartments is no panacea either.  Historic buildings and family homes have been replaced with cranes and constructions sites across all of inner Melbourne.  It is a property developers’ paradise.  For residents, however, high density living has been shown to have adverse mental and physical effects . 

The Property Council and business lobby groups will insist that more infrastructure is the solution.  Planning consultant Marcus Spiller has said, “We are now just so far behind that there's almost no way to catch up with the growth". (iii)  Current infrastructure projects such as: the level crossing removal ($4 billion), the Melbourne metro project ($11 billion), Northeast link ($15 billion) are a huge impost on the state’s budget, and are at best a band-aid on the city’s growing congestion.  Furthermore, the huge cost of this “growth infrastructure” is diverting funds away from other essential services, while piling the state under a mountain of debt.

The Treasurer, Tim Pallas, has trumpeted the benefits of population growth as a boon for the Victorian Economy.  This ignores the fact that per capita, the Victorian economy has gone backwards in four of the past eight years (iv).  Our current trajectory towards a future of 8 million Melbournians is perilous, and not in the best interests of the electorate. 

I urge you consider the following actions:
1. To actively debate the topic of population growth within state parliament, and to seek public consultation on the current growth agenda
2. To develop a population policy which considers all of the impacts of population growth on Australia’s:  economy, health, environment, and living standards.
3. Negotiate with the federal government to reduce Australia’s immigration intake in line with long-term historical levels of 70,000 per annum.  Net migration is responsible for 60% of Australia’s annual population increase, making immigration policy our ‘de facto’ population policy, at present.

I look forward to your response.

Regards,

{your name}
 

 

(i)  https://www.domain.com.au/news/melbournes-urban-sprawl-continues-to-the-...

(ii)  https://www.realestate.com.au/news/blocks-shrinking-in-melbourne-housing...

(iii)  https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/city-east/sydneys-high-densi...   story/46f635cf0c437e9018b1d58ca50576a9?nk=bca1a77baadc9f7b0118f33e2cebeba5-1544224777

(iv)  http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/4-million-5-million-8-million-how-big-...
 

December 22 2018

Victoria and Tasmania Branch AGM and Seminar 2018

Sustainable Population Australia (Victorian and Tasmanian branch) Annual General Meeting

Saturday September 29th 2018 at 2.30 pm Hawthorn Library meeting rooms 3-4, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

NOMINATIONS for COMMITTEE POSITIONS:  Financial members of SPA may nominate for any committee position, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary or committee member Please email before 28th September to victas@population.org.au  or write to: RETURNING  OFFICER , SUSTAINABLE POPULATION AUSTRALIA, Victorian and Tasmanian branch, P.O.BOX  556 Hawthorn 3122 to arrive before Friday September 28th 

Following the formal proceedings, you are invited to our public seminar

What does the Australian public really think about a Big Australia and what do the media try to make them think?” 

Presenters:  

Dr. Katharine Betts,  Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology, Swinburne University,  Author of “The Great Divide: immigration politics in Australia”,  and researcher for The Australian Population Research Institute. Dr. Betts will present her research into attitudes of the Australian public towards Australia’s current high immigration- driven population growth.

Ian Penrose, Melbourne’s first Yarra Riverkeeper, City of Melbourne 2010 Environmental Award winner, Boroondara citizen of of the year 2015, long term campaigner for population stabilization. Mr.Penrose will present his recent research into the way the media in Australia frames the population issue.
 

September 26 2018

PUBLIC SEMINAR - “Population pressures in the Pacific”

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton ACT
1.30 to 5pm Saturday 14 April 2018

Speakers – first session:
Dr Chris McMurray - 'Population Pressure in the Pacific: not just a matter of numbers'
Since 1982 Chris McMurray has held various teaching and visiting appointments in ANU's School of Demography. From 1998 until 2002 she Headed the Demography Program at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia, and since then has been a free-lance consultant working on Pacific population and socio-economic development.

Dr Bryant Allen – ‘Population growth and sustainable food production in PNG’
Bryant Allen is an Honorary Associate Professor in the department of Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Among his main research interests are food security and shifting cultivation systems in Papua New Guinea. He continues to visit Papua New Guinea and in 2016 spent five weeks in the East Sepik village he first lived in for 15 months in 1971 and 1972.

Ms Rarawa Amberoti – ‘How climate change will affect Kiribati’
Rarawa Amberoti is from Kiribati and studying for a Master of Climate Change at ANU.

Afternoon tea: 3 – 3.30pm

Speakers – second session
Senator Claire Moore – ‘Population Pressures in the Pacific’

Claire Moore is Labor Senator for Queensland. In July 2016, she was appointed Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific. She is active on a number of Parliamentary committees.

Dr Joanne Epp – ‘Population, Family Planning and Potential’
Joanne Epp is a senior health economist with extensive international experience in economics, research and policy analysis including work at the World Bank, UNFPA, NSW Treasury, KPMG, and the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy.   She has been a Women's Plans Foundation Trustee and Board Member since 2013. 
Panel of all speakers

Seminar organised by Sustainable Population Australia to mark its 30th birthday.

April 12 2018

SPA 30th Anniversary National AGM and afternoon Seminar

SPA was founded in 1988 in Canberra under the name Australians for an Ecologically Sustainable Population. It is appropriate that we celebrate our 30th birthday in the same city!

Date: 14 April, 2018.  AGM begins: 11am (come at 10.30am for morning tea).

Venue: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT.

Afternoon seminar: 'Population Pressures in the Pacific' (1.30pm to 5pm), including afternoon tea, featuring a number of speakers including Senator Claire Moore. Senator Moore is the shadow minister for International Development and the Pacific and vice-chair of the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development.

All welcome. Please bring friends and non-members for the afternoon seminar.. $5 donation at the door.

March 8 2018

Partnering: Strength through Alliance

The SPA NSW branch will be hosting its first event of 2018, on the theme of partnering. It will be an afternoon of speakers, discussion and audience input into NSW SPA activities. For those who will be in NSW on the weekend of the 24th Feb,  this will be a very worthwhile event to attend.

SPA seeks to form mutually supportive alliances with other organisations whose values are in line / overlap with SPA’s. We see partnering as enabling for all parties, through co-operation in areas where there are the same or similar aims. To this end, we are hosting an afternoon of speakers and discussion.

We have invited Maggie Chen from the international youth organisation AIESEC, and Alice Oppen (a SPA member) from Women’s Plans Foundation to give us an insight into the work of their organisations. There will be opportunity to ask questions.

Following an afternoon tea break there will be a facilitated session to enable you to have input into NSW SPA’s activities, including what we can do to support members.

Save the date and talk with friends into coming along.

Details:
Saturday 24 February, Arrive 1.45pm for 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

To help us with catering, please email RSVP by 17 February.
Enquiries: Nola Stewart   nst332769@bigpond.com

February 16 2018

SPA at Sustainable Living Festival 2018

In what is now a yearly tradition, Sustainable Population Australia will be at Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival (SLF) in February.

Volunteers from the Victoria and Tasmania branch will be holding a SPA information stall during the SLF Big Weekend.  The Big Weekend runs from 9 - 11 February at Melbourne’s Federation Square and Birrarung Marr. 

With thousands of people attending the Big Weekend, this is one of the biggest opportunities of the year for the branch to reach out to the wider community on the issue of population. 

Our enthusiastic volunteers and members have been working hard behind the scenes in the lead up to this year’s festival in planning the stall the key messages to share to the public.  The stall will also be selling books written by past and former members of SPA such as Growing For Broke by Peter North, Dynamic Balance by Martin Tye and Rules of Animal and Human Populations by Sheila Newman. 

Find out more about the SLF Big Weekend here

SPA members Michael Bayliss and Mark Allen will also be running at workshop Town Planning Response to Climate Change as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. 

At the workshop you can learn about how current town planning models affect the environment. We'll discuss ways to change town planning systems and communities to reduce their environmental impact. 

The impacts of population growth on our town planning system will be highlighted and discussed in depth. 

When 23rd of February from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where Michael’s intentional community home in Preston, Melbourne

Stay to watch the the documentary Lamnas - UK’s first planned EcoVillage at 08:30pm.

Experience tells us this workshop is a great way to introduce the importance of town planning and population issues to people who are new to these ideas, particularly for younger people who are feeling disaffected by the current property market. 

We encourage SPA members to pass on information about the workshop to anyone who they feel may benefit from attending. 

Find more about the workshop here
Book tickets click here. Please note that this workshop is by donation on arrival.

We would also like to draw attention to the fact that one of the key speakers for this year’s SLF, Paul Hawken, is a strong advocate for global population sustainability, where his Project Drawdown has evaluated that reducing fertility is one of the biggest and most cost-effective contribution to emissions reduction. 

Find out more about Paul and the rest of the Sustainable Living Festival at their site here.

If you are around in Melbourne during any of these events over February and would like to come along to support or say hello.  We'd love to see you.

January 24 2018

Fenner Conference 2013

10, 11 October 2013
The Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra ACT 2601
Register here! | Conference program here!

More Conference Information

Keynote Speaker: Professor Paul Ehrlich

Other speakers include Suzanne Cory, Hugh Possingham, David Lindenmayer, Chris Dickman, Bob Birrell, Mark O’Connor, Jane O’Sullivan, Michael Lardelli, Ian Dunlop, Sharyn Munro, Simon Michaux, Rhondda Dickson, Michael Jeffrey, Gary Jones, Ian Lowe, Michael Raupach, Tony McMichael, Paul Collins, Haydn Washington, Kelvin Thomson, Julian Cribb and Roger Short. Richard Denniss is after-dinner speaker.

August 12 2013