Media Releases 2017 | Sustainable Population Australia

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Media Releases 2017

Media Release - World Population Day

To mark World Population Day on 11 July, seven organizations from three continents are calling on national governments and international institutions to take urgent action in response to the 1992 and 2017 Warnings to Humanity.

These warnings were made by the world’s leading scientists. In 1992, 1,700 scientists urged humankind to curtail environmental destruction and improve its stewardship of the Earth. Last year, 20,000 scientists from 184 countries published a Second Notice, pointing to runaway consumption of limited resources by a still rapidly growing population.

July 10 2018

Dr Katharine Betts appointed patron of Sustainable Population Australia


Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) proudly announces that Dr Katharine Betts has accepted the position of Patron of the organisation.

A sociologist by training, Dr Betts is vice-president of The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology.

TAPRI recently released results of their polling which shows Australians overwhelmingly do not want the nation’s population to be further increased.

June 13 2018

World Environment Day June 05 - Sustainable Population Australia Media Release


The world’s population is predicted to climb from 7.5 billion to 11 billion by 2100. Given our impact is already higher than Earth’s carrying capacity, such an increase in human numbers will make it impossible to improve or maintain any environmental objective.

June 5 2018

26th September is World Contraception Day

With tomorrow being World Contraception Day, Australians should reflect on the worldwide advantage to be gained by the rollout of contraception in developing nations, says environment NGO Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

National President of SPA, Dr James Ward, is calling on government to increase funding for contraception in Australia’s aid budget. Currently it stands at $3.9 billion this year, down from over $5 billion under Labor.

September 27 2017


Sustainable Population Australia welcomes Dick Smith's new book "Fair Go", in which he points out the irrefutable costs to Australia's environment and way of life, if our current rate of population growth continues. Housing affordability is only one of the casualties of Australia's past decade of supercharged population growth.

"It is sad to see that so much of the media response has failed to engage with Dick's arguments, but instead tried to discredit him with accusations of racism," said SPA national president Dr James Ward. "Over the past decade, Australia has had the highest immigration rate in the developed world. It is not racist to suggest that the numbers should be moderated."

August 19 2017


This year, 2 August is Earth Overshoot Day, the day we have spent 100 per cent of this year’s ecological income. It marks the 46th year that we are using more ecological services than the Earth can provide, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

SPA National President, Dr James Ward, says every year the day gets earlier and earlier.

“This year, it is 2 August. Last year it was 8 August; in 2015 13 August and in 2014, 19 August. From 1997 to 2004 it was in September,” says Dr Ward. “We lived within our ecological means up until 1971 and have been on a downhill spiral ever since.”

August 1 2017


On the eve of World Population Day (July 11), Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has called for a significant increase in funding for contraception to meet the unmet need of over 200 million women worldwide.

This year, world leaders will meet again in London on World Population Day for the second meeting of the Family Planning Summit. At its first meeting in 2012, leaders affirmed the importance of family planning to women’s empowerment and global prosperity. It aimed to expand access to voluntary family planning to 120 million additional women by 2020.

July 10 2017


Australia’s annual population growth rate of 1.6 per cent was alarmingly high, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Figures released on Tuesday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the year ending December 2016 showed Australia’s population had increased by 372,800 to 24,385,600 people over the previous year. Net Overseas Migration (NOM) made up 209,000, or 56 per cent, of the total growth, and natural increase the rest.

SPA national president Dr James Ward says our population growth rate is more than twice the OECD average, and third only to Israel and Luxembourg.

June 29 2017


Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) is mourning the loss of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, who died earlier in the week at his home in New York aged 68.
Dr. Osotimehin, a Nigerian physician and public health expert, had been UNFPA’s Executive Director since 2011, with the rank of United Nations Under-Secretary-General.
SPA’s national president, Dr James Ward, says Dr Osotimehin will be missed because of his commitment to women’s reproductive health and rights.
“He understood how important they were in purely humanitarian terms but also how they were integral to stabilising population growth,” says Dr Ward.

June 9 2017