Media Releases 2017 | Sustainable Population Australia

Media Releases 2017

Annual population growth passes 400,000: unsustainable

Australia’s total population growth has soared past 400,000 in the figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), this is completely unsustainable in environmental, economic and social terms.

SPA National President, Sandra Kanck, says 61.4 per cent of total growth (404,800) was from net overseas migration (248,400 people).

June 21 2019

World Environment Day - More People, More Pollution.

On this year’s World Environment Day (5 June), countries must recognise that more population translates to more air pollution, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Using satellite observations, a 2013 NASA study  revealed that, as urban populations grew from one to ten million people, air pollution increased. In the US, Europe and India, air pollution more than doubled but, in China, the increase was larger, by a factor of five.

June 5 2019

Political parties must acknowledge population growth as a leading cause of biodiversity loss

In response to the sweeping U.N. report that says one million species are at risk of extinction, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) urges our federal and state governments and political parties to urgently acknowledge that population growth is a leading cause of biodiversity loss.

The report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was compiled by nearly 150 authors from 50 nations, working for three years. Each member nation signed off on the findings.

May 8 2019

Prof. Bob Birrell winner of Mary E White Unsung Hero award

Professor Bob Birrell, head of The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI), is the inaugural winner of the Mary E White Unsung Hero award.  The winner was announced at the Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) Annual General Meeting in Brisbane on the weekend.

The Unsung Hero award is given to a person who has done outstanding work in the field of population but has largely been unrecognised for his or her achievements.

May 1 2019

Federal election candidates will explain their position on Australia’s rapid population growth at SPA forum

 

Federal election candidates will explain their position on Australia’s rapid population growth at a free public forum on Saturday 27 April, to be held at Griffith University.

 

The forum is organised by the environmental advocacy group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), in the interests of more open and informed debate about the impacts of population growth.

The forum also includes expert speakers on the topic, including ecologist Dr Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and journalist Crispin Hull.

April 23 2019

NEW POPULATION REPORT – AUSTRALIA’S LEADERS NEED TO START LISTENING

11 April 2019

A new report on population and immigration is clear proof Australia’s mainstream political parties are ignoring the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the Australian people, according to the environmental advocacy group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

“The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) report’s finding that 72 per cent of Australians believe Australia does not need more people is in line with similar findings from numerous other surveys in recent years,” says the national president of SPA, Ms Sandra Kanck.

April 11 2019

ANNUAL POPULATION GROWTH OF NEARLY 400,000 UNSUSTAINABLE: SPA

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) expresses deep concern that Australia is growing by nearly 400,000 people a year, describing it as ‘unsustainable’.

Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released its figures for the year ending 30 September 2018, with Australia showing a growth rate of 395,100 or 1.6 per cent. Of this growth, 61 per cent was from net overseas migration (240,100) and 39 per cent from natural increase (155,000).

March 23 2019

PROMISED IMMIGRATION CUTS WELCOME BUT NOT NEARLY ENOUGH

Media Release 20 November 2018

Environmental NGO Sustainable Population Australia has welcomed the cuts to immigration as proposed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, but says they are not enough.

National President Ms Sandra Kanck says immigration should be cut by at least half, not by a mere 30,000. The current permanent intake is 190,000 though those numbers are swollen by the humanitarian intake, those on temporary visas and by New Zealanders.

November 21 2018

BASE IMMIGRATION ON NUMBERS - NOT RACE OR CULTURE!

Media Release 15/08/2018

 

Immigration policy should be based on numbers, not race, ethnicity or religion, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

SPA rejected the anti-Muslim sentiments of Senator Fraser Anning delivered in Parliament yesterday.

SPA national president Sandra Kanck says the time is long overdue for the immigration debate to be in the context of an ecologically sustainable population for Australia.

SPA president Sandra Kanck said:

August 17 2018

MELBOURNE BURSTS AT THE SEAMS AS AUSTRALIA POPULATION HITS 25 MILLION - AERIAL IMPRESSIONS

 

03/08/2018

The Victorian branch of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) expresses deep concern that Australia will reach 25 million people by mid August.  In anticipation of this milestone, SPA literally took to the sky on the issue by flying a small plane over Melbourne to see first hand whether bigger means better.

August 3 2018

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