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Events

SPA Annual General Meeting 2020

The AGM is being held electronically on Saturday, 23rd May at 11 am (EST). We are allowing 90 minutes for the meeting to be completed.

If you wish to participate in the meeting it is essential that you register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtc-mrpzktE9aofRSauoZlOF-jNbOnPtJv

This must be done by close of business on Wednesday, 20th May in order for the Returning Officer to check your membership status.

You will not be entitled to vote if you are not financial.

Some of you have previously lodged proxy forms in relation to the constitutional ballot questions and your vote has already been entered on a tally sheet. All others attending the meeting will vote electronically on the day.

Please check the ballot proposals in the attached agenda. If you would like to speak to any of them, either for or against, then you will need to let me know by 22nd May.

The day before the meeting those who have registered will be sent an invitation with the electronic link and a password to join. The invitation will include the President’s and Treasurer’s Reports and yes/no cases for the constitutional ballots (which were previously sent out to you in February) plus some technical instructions to help your participation in the meeting.

Sandra Kanck, SPA National President.

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May 18 2020

Write to your Federal MPs in support of MP Kristina Keneally to reduce migration

You will probably be aware of the article by Senator Kristina Keneally who called for a reduction in temporary skilled migration numbers.  This was in order to give Australians first opportunity in the employment market as we emerge from  the Covid -19  lock-down. 

This reasonable suggestion has met with a barrage of indignant counter articles, some accusatory on the basis of racism and some calling into question her right to offer an opinion because she, herself is a migrant!
See the article in the SMH  here

We feel this is an opportunity to support Senator Keneally's position by writing to her and also to express your opinion to your local representatives in both the Upper and Lower Houses of the Federal Parliament.

 

 

It is definitely worth contacting other Federal Labor MPs and Senators to try and get them on side.  For example, we strongly recommend that you write to your representing Labor Senators. Labor needs to be shown by the community, whilst in opposition, that lowering migration (and increasing family planning foreign aid)  is a move that is popular in the community, despite the opposing opinion pieces and twitter storms.

In these matters, timing is vital. It is not necessary to write a long letter but just to express your support for Senator Keneally's position.  If you like, you can suggest that Keneally's position does not go far enough, and that population policy needs to also take into consideration the environment,  the carrying capacity of our fragiled continent and the necessity for family planning directed foreign aid in any discussion around population policy.

We also recommend that you follow up letters with a telephone call if you can.  Direct voice contact is a very effective way of ensuring that your point is heard by a member of staff.  Remember that all MPs have a legal responsibility to respond to their constituents,  so please insist when you call that your opinion is passed on.

It's not often that a politician takes a stand like this. In our view she has very adequately defended her position in the face quite intimidating interrogation by media entities.

Senator Keneally can be contacted here

To find your own representatives

Please don't hesitate to contact SPA at media@population.org.au  if you would like any further assistance with advice on writing to your MP (including examples of pro forma letters).  Also, please email to let us know if your MP responds and there is any news you would like to share with us.

 

 

May 12 2020

SPA Launches Stop at 2 Campaign

 

No matter where we live in the world, the decisions we all make about our family size makes a huge difference

Having children is a significant life event that has impacts, both positive and not so positive.  Our position in society, sense of belonging, and how we are judged by others is often affected by whether or not we are parents or have a traditional family.  Whilst parenting can often bring great joy, it can often bring many difficulties, including financial stress and major lifestyle changes.  Then there are environmental considerations, such as the impact of more feet on the planet and the concerns in bringing up a child into world facing many environmental and societal issues.

Did you know that in Australia, the decision to have one less child makes a much larger difference in terms of carbon offset that any individual changes in consumption or lifestyle choices?

This is not only the case in Australia with our high per capita consumption.  According to Project Drawdown, educated and empowered women with access to family planning have smaller families on average.  This not only has the largest impact in reducing climate change of all the measures assessed by Project Drawdown, but is also a moral issue. It affects gender equality, fairness, and mitigating the pain of millions of unwanted pregnancies globally every year.

That means family size choices are critical, no matter where you live on planet earth.

This is why SPA has launched our new ‘Stop at 2’ Campaignto encourage smaller families.   We wanted to find out firsthand the human experience around deciding whether or not to have children and the tough choices almost all of us will need to grapple with one day.

In our video Talking Heads: Choosing to have Children….or not we interviewed six Australians from very different backgrounds and walks of life.  They bravely share their experiences to the camera around whether or not to have a family after considering host of factors including their careers, activism and the state of the world.

In Tough Crowd – Jude Perl meets the Baronesses, comedian Jude Perl interviews three proud child free women “The Baronesses”  who started a social and advocacy group to celebrate and normalise women who choose to be child free.  They share both humorous anecdotes and challenges in regards to reactions from friends and family as they debunk the myths and assumption from wider society.

Speaking of comedian Jude Perl, she was interviewed by famous comedian Rod Quantock on her own experiences of being child free on SPA’s very first episode of Tough Crowd.  Jude shared with Rod her reasons not to have children (both personal and environmental),  her experiences of including her child free experiences in her stand up shows,  and she concludes with a performance of her self-written child free anthem “Let’s Hang Out.”

Of course, SPA understands that a change in attitudes towards smaller families needs to happen on a global scale.   In a recent interview with the ambassador of Costa Rica, he shares how his country achieved a non-coercive, inclusive family planning program that has a seen a reduction in fertility since the 60s and a more stable, happier population as a result.

On February 25, SPA will be supporting the launch of the film 8 Billion Angels for Melbourne’s Transition Festival.  This film, made by the team at Earth Overshoot, details the scale of impact that humans are having on the globe and presents empowerment of women and access to family planning as a solution.  They interview local family planning advocates in India as a case example.  Our communications manager Michael Bayliss will open the screening with an introductory speech.  More details on the screening can be found here.

SPA is pleased to share that our international colleagues are also working on population and family planning campaigns.  For example, World Population Balance in the USA are Crowdfunding for a billboard campaign (link here).   ScientistWarning.Org are generating interest for a United National Framework convention on population growth (link here).  Although SPA cannot always share the exact same position or focus of our international colleagues, we applaud the initiatives being taken all around the world and invite individuals to visit these links to decide whether you would like to get involved.

We will conclude by screening our videos across several capital cities later this year along side a feature length documentary on small families.  Watch this space.

February 5 2020