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26th September is World Contraception Day

With tomorrow being World Contraception Day, Australians should reflect on the worldwide advantage to be gained by the rollout of contraception in developing nations, says environment NGO Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

National President of SPA, Dr James Ward, is calling on government to increase funding for contraception in Australia’s aid budget. Currently it stands at $3.9 billion this year, down from over $5 billion under Labor.

September 27 2017

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

POPULATION: HAVE WE MADE ANY PROGRESS AT ALL?

Jenny Goldie

This title was prompted by a recent question from a member of SPA, who wondered whether the considerable money he had donated over the years had been cost effective.

It led to my reflecting on whether SPA has indeed made any progress over the past 29 years since the organisation was founded.

May 4 2017

Sustainable Population Australia at Sustainable Living Festival

The Victoria and Tasmania branch will be making our presence felt during Victoria's Sustainable Living Festival this month.  During the Big Weekend 10 - 12 of February, we will be having a stall near Federation Square Melbourne.  Volunteer branch members will be actively engaging with the wider public on population sustainability and its relation to environmental issues.

February 7 2017

Regional Development Conference 2016

In September VicTas Branch President, Michael Bayliss, represented SPA as a speaker.

Michael Bayliss Regional Development Conference by Sustainable Population Australia

December 8 2016

ENVIRONMENT-POPULATION GROUP MOURNS LOSS OF CSIRO SCIENTIST DR DOUG COCKS

Environment group, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), is mourning the death of Dr Doug Cocks who died in Canberra earlier this week.

Dr Cocks wrote the 1996 book People Policy – Australia’s population choices following a frustrating period as adviser to the 1994 federal parliamentary committee examining population policy chaired by Hon Barry Jones MP.

SPA national president, Ms Sandra Kanck, says Cocks’ book was an antidote to the Jones Inquiry which managed to avoid making any recommendations on what Australia’s population-immigration policy should be.

November 10 2016

Submission to the High-Level Champions on the Roadmap for Global Climate Action

In June 2016, the High Level Champions for Climate Action, appointed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, requested submissions on their Roadmap for Cimate Action following the Paris climate agreement. SPA's submission explains how greater support for voluntary family planning in high fertility countries is critical for achieving a "safe" climate limited to 1.5-2oC. Emissions projection scenarios which achieve sufficient emissions reductions all assume much lower global population growth than the UN's current projection.

August 11 2016

Op-ed for Earth Overshoot Day

AUGUST 8, sadly, is Earth Overshoot Day for 2016.
I say ‘sadly’ because this annual milestone is falling on an earlier day each year, and that is a bad thing.
Overshoot is a term that ecologists use to describe the situation where people consume more than the Earth can provide on an ongoing basis.
Once we have consumed beyond this point we are effectively eating into our resource reserves, much like a farmer who takes out more water from a dam or groundwater table than the rains can replace.
We can do this for a while, but eventually the dam runs dry.

August 8 2016

SPA Submission to American Association for the Advancement of Science

April 19 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

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