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NSW

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.

Attached:

 

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

World Heritage Day Online Event Saturday 18 April

World Heritage Day Online Event
Saturday, 18 April from 3.00pm

One of our keen SPA members will be running a Zoom event for world Heritage Day on Saturday 18th April at 3pm.  John Steley is an environmental activist and committee member of SPA’s Queensland Committee.
The online event will include a variety of presentations focusing on our ecosystem as precious natural heritage and the great initiatives from around the world to preserve these.  For those interested in population sustainability, it will include a video from David Attenborough and a trailer for the documentary on population ‘8 Billion Angels’.

Anyone can join online with Zoom with the following details:

Download Zoom to your phone or computer: https://zoom.us/download
Click on this link to join the event: https://zoom.us/j/536932462
Meeting ID: 536 932 462

John describes the event thus:

“This World Heritage Day event looks forward to the heritage we leave for future generations. It will touch on some challenges we face going forward, but in the main it will look at positive action we can take. It will comprise a series of videos, about an hour in total. The first 40 minutes are well suited for all, young and old. I expect the last 20 minutes will be of more interest to adults and adolescents than children.
“My intention is to entertain, inform, facilitate discussion and especially to move people to action. Constructive feedback is most welcome.”

We hope that you are able to join for this entertaining and informative online event.
 

April 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

Launch of SPA Discussion Paper: Population growth and Infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) launched our discussion paper: Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: The catch-up illusion.

The launch was held in Sydney, November 26,  hosted by Professor Bob Carr (SPA Patron) and Leith Van Onselen from MacroBusiness, lead author of the paper.  It was very well attended by a cross section of the community, including concerned residents, envrionmentalists, academics and the media.

This paper and the launch is the culmination of several months’ effort by the SPA team.

  • A link to the full report can be found here
  • The media release can be found here
  • An attachment to Leith van Oselen's presentation slides can be found in the attached pdf below

This paper should stimulate public awareness and discussion and influence our political leaders to take more seriously the issues of population growth.

You can help to add to the ‘buzz’ about this new paper by sharing this link with your friends and family.  If you are Twitter or Facebook users, please go to the SPA Facebook and Twitter pages, to share or re-tweet the post, which will be found as a pinned post at the top of the page.

  • Facebook link here
  • Twitter link here...  If you are tweeting, you may like to include some hashtags such as the following: #auspol #infrastructure  #populationgrowth  #population  #planning

With the ongoing support from SPA members and supporters, this will be the first of a series of well-researched, professional papers which will challenge mainstream thinking about population numbers.

 

Link to the discussion papers page
 

 

November 25 2019

OFFICIAL LAUNCH - Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

Official Launch

with Professor the Hon. Bob Carr

and Leith van Onselen, MacroBusiness

 

Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

A new report commissioned by

Sustainable Population Australia

 

Tuesday 26 November 2019, 10am

The Metcalfe Room, State Library of NSW,

Macquarie St, Sydney

 

This is a FREE event. Includes morning tea.

RSVP your attendence at Eventbrite - Link Here

October 28 2019

Conversations for Change

 

A workshop on talking about population


Saturday 9th of November,
2pm to 4.30pm
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts,
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

The workshop will help you skilfully, confidently, and with empathy, talk about population
with a friend, family member or colleague. It’s about grass roots communication and will
include navigating misunderstandings, defensiveness, and other barriers to open, calm
and honest conversation.

Common fallacies about population will also be covered, and a summary ‘pocket
resource’ of responses to myths and barriers will be given to each participant. 

Kay Dunne, Vice-President, SPA NSW, will facilitate the workshop. Kay is an
experienced educator in management development, as well as a facilitator and trainer in
corporate strategy and organisational performance. You can talk to Kay about the
workshop at kaysdunne@yahoo.com.

The event is free but you must register:
 
www.eventbrite.ie/e/conversations-for-change-tickets-75821272467

October 10 2019

Write to you federal MPs with your population concerns before the election

 

 

Sustainable Population Australia is inviting all Australians who are concerned about our unsustainable population to growth to contact their Federal MPs before the next Federal election.

Now that population is a hotter topic than ever in the halls of parliament, the next few months are an ideal time to contact our MPs to give a loud and clear message that we, the voters, do NOT want a big Australia.

The more of us that write to our politicians, the louder the voice on this issue will be heard.

We have prepared a pro-forma letter to provide the style and content which we want to be communicating to our politicians.  We invite you to personalise and to use as much of this letter as you wish when contacting your MP.

To find your local federal members, the search function can be found here

Good luck!
 

 

Pro Forma letter:

 

{MP name}

{date}

Dear (title and name of MP) ,

I am writing to draw to your attention the need for a mature and respectful debate about rapid population growth and to seek your views on this issue.

Globally population growth has risen dramatically in the last two centuries. In 1800, the  global population was 1 billion people. By 2018, it had risen to 7.7 billion people. It is now rising by 80 million every year - an extra billion people every 12 years - and shows no sign of slowing down.

Population growth is the underlying cause of most wars - due to conflict over access to scarce resources, refugee movements, and a key factor in climate change – it’s hard to reduce your carbon footprint if you keep adding more feet!   The global population of
7.7 billion has had a catastrophic effect on the world’s wildlife, many species have been pushed to the brink of extinction.

Australia’s population growth is even more pronounced. Whereas our population was
10 million in 1960, it has now risen to 25 million, and is on track to be 40 million by 2050 and 100 million by 2100.

The principal growth driver is a big jump in immigration levels.  This was initially introduced by the Howard government in 2003, but this policy has continued by subsequent governments.    Net migration levels have almost quadrupled from the twentieth century average of 52,000 per annum, to over 200,000 per annum. 
The secondary growth driver is natural increase, more births than deaths - averaging 150,000 more each year (30% of births are to migrant mothers). The combined result of both migration and natural increase, is domestic population growth of one million every 3 years, with no signs of slowing down.
Our growth rate exceeds the global average, and is more than double the OECD average.

Our rapid population growth has led to adverse consequences for: housing affordability,
job opportunities for young people, traffic congestion, and carbon emissions.  Furthermore, the impact on our cities, open space, and on our wildlife, has been devastating.

Against this background, I am keen to hear your thoughts on rapid population growth. 
In particular, on four suggestions which I believe would make Australia and the world a better place both now and particularly in the future:

1. Increasing the proportion of our aid which goes to family planning. The international picture is dismal - family planning gets a mere 0.4% of international aid. Past evidence shows that spending money in this area works, and could stabilise global populations, whilst also raising living standards of recipient countries.

2. Returning Australia’s net migration to the numbers we had last century, rather than the rapid spike of the 21st. Australia will remain a multicultural, diverse country, even with more moderate immigration, and could maintain the current level of refugees intake. Indeed it is likely that public support for a compassionate refugee program would increase if the migrant worker programs, which are often exploited, were scaled back.

3. Australia’s rapid population growth happened without Australians being given a say in it.  Can we get a plebiscite about our population levels?  If this is not possible, Australians living in the major cities should at least have their say in planning matters returned to them. One of the many undesirable features of rapid growth in our cities has been the theft of a real say in planning decisions from local residents. Will you support measures to return a real say in planning decisions to the residents who are most affected by them?

4. Finally, are you prepared to support a mature and respectful debate around these issues? For far too long there has a been a deafening silence from Members of Parliament concerning population. The right has supported the greed of big business and the mantra of growth at any price. The left has become attached to the idea of open borders, an idea which is ecologically illiterate and hopelessly politically naive. The consequence has been the suppression of a debate our country needs to have.

We must stabilise our population to ensure a positive future, for both our children and the many other species on the planet.  What do you think?

Yours sincerely,

{your name here}

 

 

December 21 2018

NSW SPA 2018 AGM and Forum - Ecological Sustainability and Demography

Join the SPA NSW branch for the AGM and forum.

When: 15 September 2018
Where: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts - 280 Pitt St, Sydney

09:45 - Arrive and register for the AGM
10:00 to 10:40 AM - NSW SPA AGM
10:40 to 11:00 AM - Networking morning tea for members, friends and guests

11:00 – 1:00 PM Forum:

Partnering – Strength Through Alliance: An update by NSW President, Graham Wood

What is an Ecologically Sustainable and Ethically Responsible ‘Economy’?  Dr Haydn Washington, Co-Director NSW Chapter of the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE).

How Population Growth Interacts with our Society and the Environment: A free online course, Bruce Gregor FIAA AI, demographer and actuary.

Demystifying Migration Data – What everyone needs to know! Bruce Gregor FIAA AI.

All welcome. RSVP would be appreciated to help with catering nsw@population.org.au
See the attached flyer for more.

September 4 2018

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