Media Releases 2014 | Sustainable Population Australia

Media Releases 2014

Drop in growth rate welcome – SPA

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes the drop in the population growth rate as reported by the Australian Bureaus of Statistics (ABS) on Friday.

The growth rate in the year to 30 June 2014 was 1.6 per cent, or an increase of 364,900 over the previous year. The growth rate has declined slowly from over 2% three years ago. While growth in both net overseas migration (NOM) and natural increase fell, the fall was greater with NOM, meaning natural increase now makes up 42% (as against 40%) of the total growth.

December 22 2014

Give all adolescent girls sex education and information about contraception

Media release for International Day of the Girl Child (October 11)

Adolescent girls everywhere should have age appropriate sex education and ready access to contraception should they need it.

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child and the 2014 theme is "Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence".

According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), an unwanted pregnancy is a form of violence against an adolescent girl.

October 10 2014

Universal access to contraception critical for stabilising population

If we are to avoid having 12 billion people on the planet by the end of the century, we must make contraception readily available to all couples.

On 18 September 2014, an important paper was published in the journal Science from the United Nations’ Population Division, saying that world population is unlikely to stabilise this century and instead could grow from the current 7.2 billion to between 9.6 and 12.3 billion by 2100.

September 27 2014

Time for Complete Review of Immigration

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) today called on the Federal Government to undertake a complete review of immigration into Australia in light of claims of widespread rorting of the system.

August 21 2014

Global urbanisation good for some but bad for nature

A UN Report[i] to be issued tomorrow (July 10), the day before World Population Day, will note that by 2050 about two-thirds of all humans will live in urban areas. Most of the anticipated urban growth by 2050 will occur in Asia and Africa. Already, more than half the global population lives in cities.

July 11 2014

Slight drop in population growth rate welcolme but still too high

The drop in Australia’s population growth rate from 1.8 to 1.7 per cent is a welcome trend though still much too high, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

In the figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in the year ending 31 December 2013, the annual growth is Australia’s population fell below 400,000 to 396,200. After a number of quarters at 1.8 per cent, the rate dropped back to 1.7 per cent.

June 30 2014

Climate Change not the only challenge for small island states

High population densities are as much a challenge for small island states as is climate change, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

World Environment Day is June 5, and this year aims to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on small islands states around the world.

National president of SPA, Ms Jenny Goldie, says many small island states have high population densities, which increase the pressure on already limited resources, particularly fresh water.

June 6 2014

End Population Growth to Preserve Island Biodiversity

END POPULATION GROWTH TO PRESERVE ISLAND BIODIVERSITY

If island biodiversity is to be preserved, ending human population growth is critical and our foreign aid must help achieve it, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

May 22 is the International Day of Biological Diversity and in 2014 the focus is on island biodiversity, particularly Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

May 21 2014

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

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