Federal Government

Joint MR: Throw a spanner in the negative gears

Australia needs to be part of a global economic transition away from the pursuit of endless growth, and away from a world where those with capital and short-term interests call all the shots, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) and Economic Reform Australia (ERA).

March 12 2016

Submission re the Clean Energy Legislation 2013

The content of this submission is included in the PDF version attached. The conclusions are thus:
The Government’s claimed concern about power bills is insincere and dishonest.
To demonstrate sincere concern about Australian household cost of living, the Government should conduct an inquiry into the impact of population policy choices on the Australian economy.
September 6 2015

Drop in growth rate welcome – SPA

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes the drop in the population growth rate as reported by the Australian Bureaus of Statistics (ABS) on Friday.

The growth rate in the year to 30 June 2014 was 1.6 per cent, or an increase of 364,900 over the previous year. The growth rate has declined slowly from over 2% three years ago. While growth in both net overseas migration (NOM) and natural increase fell, the fall was greater with NOM, meaning natural increase now makes up 42% (as against 40%) of the total growth.

December 22 2014

Slight drop in population growth rate welcolme but still too high

The drop in Australia’s population growth rate from 1.8 to 1.7 per cent is a welcome trend though still much too high, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

In the figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in the year ending 31 December 2013, the annual growth is Australia’s population fell below 400,000 to 396,200. After a number of quarters at 1.8 per cent, the rate dropped back to 1.7 per cent.

June 30 2014

Treasurer Hockey ignores massive source of funds

Amid all the talk by politicians and media about the imminent horror budget with cuts to many important services, Treasurer Joe Hockey  fails to see the source of more than enough money to cover all these ‘holes’, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Cutting immigration significantly, and thus the population growth rate, would free billions of dollars that would otherwise be spent on infrastructure.

April 26 2014


5 December 2013

The population environment advocacy group, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), has called upon the Australian Bureau of Statistics to expand its recent population projections to include a scenario based upon Australia's long-term average Net Overseas Migration (NOM).

SPA's NSW President, Mr Kris Spike says that the three projections offered by the ABS were based upon very high levels of NOM by historical standards. The resulting projections ranged from a low of 42.4 million by 2101 to a high of 70.1 million.

December 4 2013

Rudd plays into hands of development lobby

By agreeing to be keynote speaker at the National Conference of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) tomorrow, Kevin Rudd is playing into the hands of the development lobby, according to Sustainable Population Australia Inc (SPA).  Rudd will be speaking on 'Population Growth for a Stronger Economy' at the UDIA conference in Melbourne.
SPA National President Sandra Kanck says the development lobby has a vested interest in population growth since it reaps the profits without paying any of the costs.

March 13 2013

Media Release: Doubling Family Planning Aid a Crucial Initiative

Foreign Minister Bob Carr's decision to double Australia's family planning funding to $50 million a year is a crucial and much welcome initiative, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Minister Carr made the announcement as a London Summit on Family Planning organised by the Gates Foundation and the UK Government sought funding of $2 billion to allow 120 million women access to family planning services. Around 222 million women around the world want modern contraception but cannot access it.

July 13 2012

SPA patron puts money where his mouth is

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Focus on family planning as Carr doubles foreign aid

AS WORLD leaders convene for a major family planning summit in London, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, said Australia would double its overseas aid for family planning programs to more than $50 million a year by 2016.

July 12 2012

On World Environment Day Aussie governments opt for brown rather than Green Economy

Sustainable Population Australia

Patrons: Senator the Hon. Bob Carr, Dr Paul Collins, Prof Tim Flannery, Prof Ian Lowe, Dr Mary E White


  3June 2012

June 4 2012