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AUSTRALIAN POPULATION GROWTH RATE ‘ALARMINGLY HIGH’

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 statement for World Population Day - 11th July 2016

World population Day was established by the UN in 1989 to highlight concerns as the planet’s population went past 5 billion.  It is now at 7.4 billion and rising by about 80 million every year, so the problems are even more intractable (despite the rate of growth declining).  Medium scenarios produced by the UN estimate the world population could be between 9 and 10 billion by 2050.

July 10 2016

Answers from Political Parties 2016

Some weeks ago SPA sent a questionnaire to six political parties asking for their policy positions re population issues. In summary, we sought to find out from each of them:

  1. Their views on the optimum population for Australia and the basis for their figure;

  2. Whether they recognise that there are environmental constraints to population growth and which constraints are the most significant;

  3. Skilled migrant intake versus training local workers;

June 16 2016

Media release: 24 million people is nothing to celebrate

Today Australia’s population is predicted to reach 24 million, having come much faster than some were expecting. In October 2009 it was 22m, 23m in March 2013, now in Feb 2016 we have hit 24m. Each extra million is arriving at a faster rate, the consequence of exponential growth - and it will get worse.
Environment group, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) asks what 24 million people means for Australia. SPA’s President, Sandra Kanck, says the answer is congestion, loss of biodiversity, impossible demands on infrastructure, water shortages, more climate change, more urban sprawl and astronomical real estate prices. “The Australian government has no overarching plan for managing these problems which will only get worse with still more people”, says Ms Kanck.

February 16 2016

SUBMISSION TO THE PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION: MIGRANT INTAKE INTO AUSTRALIA

1. OVERVIEW OF SUBMISSION

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes the Productivity Commission’s (the “Commission”) inquiry regarding the Migrant Intake into Australia and its related call for submissions from interested parties.[1]
In preparing its submission, SPA has considered the Terms of Reference for the inquiry and the related Issues Paper developed by the Commission. In particular, SPA notes that section 1(b) of the Terms of Reference relates to the following considerations:
1. The benefits and costs that the intake of permanent entrants can generate with respect to:
b. The income, wealth and living standards of Australian citizens, including with respect to:
i. impacts on the salaries and employment of Australian citizens, knowledge and skill transfer, productivity, foreign investment, and linkages
to global value chains
ii. cultural, social and demographic impacts
iii. agglomeration, environmental, amenity and congestion effects.
SPA’s submission responds to this aspect of the Terms of Reference and provides recommended policy considerations for Australia’s migrant intake consistent with the following SPA objectives:
· To promote policies that will lead to the stabilisation, and then to reduction, of Australia's population by encouraging low fertility and low migration.
· To promote urban and rural lifestyles and practices that are in harmony with the realities of the Australian environment, its resource base and its biodiversity.
· To advocate low immigration rates while rejecting any selection based on ethnicity.
These objectives are expressed through the enclosed responses to three associated issues identified in the Issues Paper for ease of reference. Relevant research and information is cited for consideration by the Commission.
SPA acknowledges and welcomes the positive contribution of immigrants to Australia’s diverse and rich multicultural environment. Accordingly, SPA’s recommendations for reductions in the permanent migrant intake are in no way based on establishing limitations to specific ethnic groups. It is emphasised that SPA’s recommendations are applied against the consideration of the scale permanent immigration, with respect to its impact on the size and growth rate of Australia’s population.

August 31 2015

Time for Complete Review of Immigration

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) today called on the Federal Government to undertake a complete review of immigration into Australia in light of claims of widespread rorting of the system.

August 21 2014

High immigration too large a cost to offset ageing

A significant study released today by Dr Katharine Betts and published on the Monash University Centre for Population and Urban Research website shows that, while high immigration can reduce the median age of the population by a few years, it comes at great cost.

The cost is significant population growth that lowers national productivity by taking resources away from productive investment and capital deepening. It also leads to many more older people than would be the case were the population to stabilise.

May 1 2014

SYMPOSIUM WILL OFFER BROADER PERSPECTIVE ON MIGRATION

A major symposium* to be held in Canberra next week will address the ethical issues surrounding migration. The symposium is being organised by Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) which felt many important aspects of migration had been ignored, not least the environmental impact of additional population on the host country, and the issue of intergenerational equity.

March 28 2014

New immigration minister must heed Monash paper and cut immigration

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has called on the new Immigration Minister, Brendan O’Connor, to heed the findings of a paper issued yesterday. It found that the number of migrants arriving in Australia since the beginning of 2011 who found jobs about equals the number of new jobs created in Australia for everyone over the same period.

The paper was written by Professor Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy of the Centre for Population and Urban Research (CPUR), Monash University.

February 12 2013

Libs to drop immigration by 100,000 - 22 July 2010

Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison has flagged reducing Australia's immigration level by 100,000 people a year to allow for sustainable population growth.

September 16 2011

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