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An independent not-for-profit organisation seeking to protect the environment and our quality of life by ending population growth in Australia and globally, while rejecting racism and coercive population control. SPA is an environmental advocacy organisation, not a political party.

Population

Annual population growth passes 400,000: unsustainable

Australia’s total population growth has soared past 400,000 in the figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), this is completely unsustainable in environmental, economic and social terms.

SPA National President, Sandra Kanck, says 61.4 per cent of total growth (404,800) was from net overseas migration (248,400 people).

June 21 2019

SPA reflects on our hugely successful 2019 public forum

On Saturday 27th April 2019,  Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) hosted a free public forum:  “Population, Sustainability and Quality of Life:  what future do we want for Australia?”

 

Almost 100 members of the public attended the beautiful EcoCentre at Griffith Univeristy, Brisbane Queensland.  We were fortunate to enjoy some powerful and motivating presentations from a variety of speakers including:  Hugh Possingham (The Nature Conservancy);  Sue Arnold (Australians for Animals); Steve McDonald (President of Redlands2030); Cameron Murray (Economist and Sustainable Australia Party candidate); Crispin Hull (Journalist for the Canberra Times); Charles Worringham (spokesperson for The Greens); and Kelvin Thomson (Former Labor MP for Wills).

Given that population has been dismissed as a fringe issue in the past, the diversity of our enthusiastic speakers is indicative of the contrary - that people from all walks of life are now aware of the impacts of population growth and are keen to talk about it!

Our speakers covered a variety of topics such as the impacts of population growth on the environment, habitat, urban planning and infrastructure.  They explored some of the reasons why many sectors of our society continue to uphold the belief that rapid population growth is necessary for a prosperous economy whilst debunking several enduring myths around ageing societies.  The information delivered was sometimes alarming as the impacts of population growth are increasingly felt throughout society and in our natural environments.  However, there was also cause for hope and a call to arms, especially from Kelvin Thomson who shared his wisdom on what we all must do to address these serious problems.

The presenters were invited to join a Q&A panel, where some real postive, constructive and dynamic conversations were had with the audience.

Videos for Dr Cameron Murray, Kelvin Thomson, Steve McDonald and Charles Worringham are all now available on the SPA YouTube Channel.   All contain powerful messages and we strongly recommend sharing these videos or any others on our YouTube channel with your friends, family and networks.

We would also like to provide:

- The transcript of the speeches from Sue Arnold and Crispin Hull

- The presentation slides from Hugh Possingham, Sue Arnold and Cameron Murray.

These pdfs can be found at the bottom of the page and provide a wealth of insight and wisdom.  Again, we invite all to share.

A huge thank you to everyone who came along, the presenters, all who volunteered on the day and last but not least, to Jane O'Sullivan and the Queensland branch for making possible such a successful, well-run and essential event.

 

May 20 2019

ANNUAL POPULATION GROWTH OF NEARLY 400,000 UNSUSTAINABLE: SPA

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) expresses deep concern that Australia is growing by nearly 400,000 people a year, describing it as ‘unsustainable’.

Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released its figures for the year ending 30 September 2018, with Australia showing a growth rate of 395,100 or 1.6 per cent. Of this growth, 61 per cent was from net overseas migration (240,100) and 39 per cent from natural increase (155,000).

March 23 2019

Public Launch of Tough Crowd Series

 

SPA is celebrating the success of the public launch of the TOUGH CROWD series.

Tough Crowd is our new YouTube series where much loved comedian Rod Quantock interviews comedians, environmentalists, politicians and other interesting people on their perspectives on population and their personal journeys and challenges when dealing and talking about this difficult but very important topic.

In episode one, Series one of Tough Crowd, Rod Quantock chats with comedian/musician Jude Perl. Jude discusses her reasons for not having children and some of the challenges involved in convincing her friends and family on her decision.  Jude discusses how she incorporates her child- free journey into her live shows and songs and why it is important to be a role model for others who are having second thoughts on having children. Jude goes on to perform a live rendition of her very topical original song, 'Let's Hang Out'.

Other interviews include Sri Lankan born environmental scientist Asitha Samarawickrama, and candidates for AJP and Sustainable Australia, Bruce Poon and Mark McDonald.

The Tough Crowd series was formed by a chance meeting between Rod Quantock and former SPA National President, Dr James Ward.  The idea was to create a personable, relatable and entertaining series of interviews around the challenges of talking about population in wider society.  The project was funded by a generous donation from Dick Smith in conjunction to SPA's first ever crowd funding campaign.

We hosted a public screening in Melbourne to celebrate the project, acknowledge the crowd funding supporters and other contributors to the project, and to finally launch the series to the wider world.  The response to the screening was enthusiastic and supportive.  The screening was part of the Sustainable Living Festival program and we thank SLF for their partnership and support.

Episode one of Tough Crowd is now available to watch on our YouTube channel.  We will be releasing an episode every couple of weeks so stay tuned!

 

Below are some photos from the opening night of the public screening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 1 2019

Victoria and Tasmania Branch AGM and Seminar 2018

Sustainable Population Australia (Victorian and Tasmanian branch) Annual General Meeting

Saturday September 29th 2018 at 2.30 pm Hawthorn Library meeting rooms 3-4, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

NOMINATIONS for COMMITTEE POSITIONS:  Financial members of SPA may nominate for any committee position, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary or committee member Please email before 28th September to victas@population.org.au  or write to: RETURNING  OFFICER , SUSTAINABLE POPULATION AUSTRALIA, Victorian and Tasmanian branch, P.O.BOX  556 Hawthorn 3122 to arrive before Friday September 28th 

Following the formal proceedings, you are invited to our public seminar

What does the Australian public really think about a Big Australia and what do the media try to make them think?” 

Presenters:  

Dr. Katharine Betts,  Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology, Swinburne University,  Author of “The Great Divide: immigration politics in Australia”,  and researcher for The Australian Population Research Institute. Dr. Betts will present her research into attitudes of the Australian public towards Australia’s current high immigration- driven population growth.

Ian Penrose, Melbourne’s first Yarra Riverkeeper, City of Melbourne 2010 Environmental Award winner, Boroondara citizen of of the year 2015, long term campaigner for population stabilization. Mr.Penrose will present his recent research into the way the media in Australia frames the population issue.
 

September 26 2018

The Great Regionalisation Distraction

The Great Regionalisation Distraction:
Sending migrants to the regions no solution to population growth, says SPA

Sending new migrants to the regions, as the new Population Minister, Alan Tudge, suggests is just ‘tinkering around the edges’ in dealing with Australia’s population growth problems, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

SPA national president Sandra Kanck says current net overseas migration (NOM) is simply too large, no matter where migrants go.

September 1 2018

MELBOURNE BURSTS AT THE SEAMS AS AUSTRALIA POPULATION HITS 25 MILLION - AERIAL IMPRESSIONS

 

03/08/2018

The Victorian branch of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) expresses deep concern that Australia will reach 25 million people by mid August.  In anticipation of this milestone, SPA literally took to the sky on the issue by flying a small plane over Melbourne to see first hand whether bigger means better.

August 3 2018

Australia almost at 25 million with no population policy

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has expressed concern that Australia has all but reached 25 million people and has done so too quickly.  It strongly advocates that policies should be put into immediate effect whereby Australia’s rate of population growth slows and stabilises at the earliest opportunity.

SPA’s national president Ms Sandra Kanck says Australia’s population ballooned more quickly than most other developed countries.

July 19 2018

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

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