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SA/NT

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

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

Web Series with Rod Quantock needs YOUR suport

 

SPA is very excited to share that we are joining forces with the highly loved Melbourne Comedian ROD QUANTOCK to make a web series exploring the topic of population growth!

TOUGH CROWD will be a first of a kind series . Rod will be interviewing other comedians and entertainers to discuss the challenges and difficulties they face when discussing population in wider society.  

This series has HUGE potential to draw interest from wider society. Interviews will share their experience with a poignancy and flare that will be engaging and informative.

Furthermore, if Rod has anything to do with it, the web series will also be raucously funny. If there is one thing our movement needs, it is a generous dose of HUMOUR.

It is a project that SPA has never tried before. It is CRITICAL during this time when mainstream society is actually talking about the issue that we are ready to step up to the challenge and reach out to the ‘Tough Crowd’ out there.

To make this project a success, we need YOUR help.

Many SPA members are now aware of our CROWDFUNDING campaign, which we have launched to raise funds for the series.  Support for our campaign has been hugely positive so far, we have raised $3000 so far with 2 weeks left to go to reach our target of $4500.

Funds are needed for the production cost of the series, including reimbursements for the interviewees, venue higher, editing and promotion.  We also need to to purchase additional film equipment to make this series snappy and professional.

We would be hugely grateful if you were to have a look at the site and consider giving a pledge.  It can be as small as $2, every little bit counts and furthermore it is tax deductible!  For those who choose to pledge more, there are some good rewards up for grabs.  These include your name on the credits , a free CD from my band, all the way through to your own personal lunch with Rod Quantock himself!

It would also be fantastic if you could share this crowd funding campaign with your family, colleagues, networks, fellow resident group members or activists, or indeed ANYONE.  Not everyone is in a position to join SPA, but they may be keen on this project if they are concerned about population - or if they are a Rod Quantock fan!

Every cent will count.  We are living in a time when  Australia is around the corner from hitting a population of 25 million. Melbourne is now heading upwards of 9 million by 2050, and Australia is growing by the size of a new Canberra every year. We are concreting over our farmland, we are expected to run low in water within a decade and Australia has one of the highest rates of land clearing in the world.  We NEED to get the message out there.

Please visit the crowdfunding webpage here to find out more and to leave a pledge

 

June 17 2018

Two brand new projects to widen the population discussion. Help us for as little as $2.00!!!

 

We have launched our first ever on-line crowd funding campaign (in addition to the end of financial year appeal).  Crowd funding is an increasingly popular way for people to raise money to set up specific projects and can be a great way to gain exposure and a new audience. 

 

SPA is raising funds to launch a mini web series called 'Tough Crowd'. We are excited to announce Melbourne Comedian Rod Quantock has come on board to assist.  In his relaxed and amusing 'conversations in the pub' style Rod will interview fellow comedians, entertainers and others about the challenges faced in discussing population in the wider community.  SPA is seeking support through our Pozible campaign to fund the whole project, including equipment costs, expenses for our ‘actors’, venue hire, promotion and all the other costs associated with the challenge of making a video series!

 

The Pozible campaign can be found here and Rod Quantock's lively promotional video here.  We would be delighted to have your support and ask too for you to encourage friends, family, and your networks to play a part.  This project may appeal to people who might not otherwise consider joining SPA – but they have to know about it first! Even if they choose not to fund the project it is still good publicity.

 

We are also proud to announce that our PopCulture web page is now up and running - you can find it here.  Have a look at our youth unemployment video and share it. Be proud because you and other SPA members previously helped fund this through a donations drive. This site will host future PopCulture videos. That same video can also be found on our newly reinvigorated YouTube channel here. While we plan to undertake online promotion of the videos you, as members, can play a role by sharing them widely, especially with those particularly affected by issues such as job insecurity and housing affordability.  Who knows, after seeing the videos they too may be motivated to contribute to our ‘Tough Crowd’ campaign!

(From e-news president message, Sandra Kanck - National President)

June 3 2018

SPA South Australian Branch to Blitz the Adelaide Environment Fair

 

The SPA South Australia Branch will be hosting a stall at the World Environment Fair, 2-3 June, at the Wayville Showground in Adelaide.  Find out more details below.

http://worldenvironmentfair.org.au/

We anticipate this event will be a fruitful ground for spreading the news about the need to limit population. 

Our former national President, Dr James Ward, will also be delivering a talk at the Environment Fair called ‘Big Australia, Small Planet’ on Saturday 02nd of June around 2pm.  James describes the talk as following:

Environmental impact depends on both population and per-capita consumption levels. The relationship between these factors is complex and strangely divisive. This talk will explore some of the difficulties we encounter when we try to discuss population and consumption.

Also on Saturday SPA supporters Animals Anonymous will be presenting at 12 noon on ‘Australian Animals.’ Animals Anonymous are only too aware of the impact that human population growth has on the species we share the continent with.  They also run a podcast, and are definitely worth checking out on their website or their Facebook page.

If you are in Adelaide over the weekend,  SPA and our presenters would love to see you there for your presence, support and feedback.

SPA run a hugely successful stall in February for Melbourne's Sustainable Living Festival.  We’re likewise expecting big things for the SA branch this weekend!

May 31 2018

NOTICE OF NATIONAL SPA AGM 2017 AND AFTERNOON SEMINAR

This year the NSW Branch of SPA is hosting the National AGM of SPA in Sydney at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St Sydney, in the Mitchell Theatre (Level 1) on Saturday 29th April.

Current members are welcome to participate in the AGM at 10am. All members of the public are welcome to the afternoon forum: "Population - the way forward" at 1pm. This will include speakers James Ward (incoming national president) and Graham Wood (NSW branch president).

Hope to see many of you there!

April 27 2017

Program for public meetings of SPA-SA/NT March-June 2017

All events are in the Seminar Room, ground floor, Conservation Council of SA, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide city

Date

SPA Review’ Event

Speaker

Book and Blog Alert

Tues 28 March 7.30pm

The Arrival of the Anthropocene

John Tons

Michael Lardelli

Wed 3 May 7.30 pm

Using the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) to present a case for an end to population growth in Australia.

Plus a report on the Ecological Economics Conference, Adelaide, Jan 2017

Peter Martin

tbc

Wed May 31 7.30 pm

Energy and the Wealth of Nations

Understanding the Biophysical Economy, by Charles Hall.

This (expensive) book is reviewed at http://www.resilience.org/stories/2012-06-11/energy-and-wealth-nations/

 

Michael Lardelli

 

tbc

Wed June 28

7.30 pm

Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution, by Brian Czech.

John Coulter

tbc

SPA-SA/NT holds monthly ‘SPA Review’ nights at which books and other materials that have strongly influenced members are outlined and discussed. An innovation for 2017 will be a 5-min ‘Book and Blog Alert’ segment when certain key papers, postings or other information is reported and links provided. Note that volunteers to present this Alert at the May and June nights are still needed. Members, friends and other members of the public are welcome, and there is no charge. Refreshments are provided.

 

For more details contact SA-NT branch president Peter Martin (0417 776 494, poitgm@hotmail.com), or secretary Dr Michael Lardelli (michael.lardelli@adelaide.edu.au).

March 12 2017

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