Media Releases 2012 | Sustainable Population Australia

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Media Releases 2012

SPA not a political party

The environmental group at the centre of the controversy between its national president, Hon. Sandra Kanck, and the Australian Democrats has countered claims by those who expelled Ms Kanck that it is a political party.

December 12 2012

White Paper fails to recognise fundamental truth

The white paper on the Asian century fails to recognise the most fundamental truth about the economy, namely, that Nature is about to impose a multitude of impediments in the way of the destination sought by the white paper, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

SPA Vice President Dr Coulter, says that "nowhere in the white paper is there any acknowledgement of the fact that 'the economy' is totally dependent on a healthy and functioning natural environment, in fact; the word ‘environment’ only appears a few times."

November 1 2012

End child marriage now!

On October 11, the United Nations Day of the Girl, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) joins the international community in calling for an end to child marriage.

National President of SPA, Sandra Kanck, says child marriage violates a girl's right to self-determination, robs them of their childhood, and often condemns them to a life of poor health.

Ten million girls every year, 25,000 girls a day, become child brides. They are significantly more likely to die in childbirth, be physically abused and be infected with HIV.

October 10 2012


Sustainable Population Australia

Senator the Hon. Bob Carr, Dr Paul Collins, Prof Tim Flannery, Prof Ian Lowe, Dr Mary E White

 28 September 2012

The latest figures that show Australia’s growth rate has risen to 1.5 per cent are alarming, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

September 30 2012

Renowned American author begins Australian Tour Friday

Richard Heinberg, journalist and educator who has written extensively on oil depletion, begins his two week Australian tour on Friday 14 September. He is the author of ten books and a senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute. In Australia, he will speak to his latest book, “The End of Growth”.

September 10 2012

Population growth drives biodiversity loss


31 August 2012

Human activities are reducing genetic, species and ecosystem biodiversity in Australia and population growth is a major driver, according to Sustainable Population Australia Inc. (SPA)

August 31 2012

Media Release: Doubling Family Planning Aid a Crucial Initiative

Foreign Minister Bob Carr's decision to double Australia's family planning funding to $50 million a year is a crucial and much welcome initiative, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Minister Carr made the announcement as a London Summit on Family Planning organised by the Gates Foundation and the UK Government sought funding of $2 billion to allow 120 million women access to family planning services. Around 222 million women around the world want modern contraception but cannot access it.

July 13 2012

Media Release: World Population Day, 11th July: London family planning summit could compensate for Rio+20 failures

London family planning summit could compensate for Rio+20 failures – if fundamentalist religion will get out of the way

Women around the world were rightly furious that the term “reproductive rights” was removed from the outcome document produced at the UN's Rio +20 conference on sustainable development last month according to national environment group, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

July 11 2012

On World Environment Day Aussie governments opt for brown rather than Green Economy

Sustainable Population Australia

Patrons: Senator the Hon. Bob Carr, Dr Paul Collins, Prof Tim Flannery, Prof Ian Lowe, Dr Mary E White

  3June 2012

June 4 2012

Earth Day 22 April Governments & Oppositions ignore the spirit of Earth Day

With two months to go before the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the Federal Government and Opposition should embrace the spirit of Earth Day on 22 April and commit themselves to environmental sustainability, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Sunday is the 42nd anniversary of the first Earth Day, founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote conservation and concern for the environment. Initially US-based, in 1990 Earth Day went global, helping to pave the way for the first United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

April 24 2012