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Population and Economics

Population growth and Infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

Sustainable Population Australia – Discussion Paper

Lead Author: Leith van Onselen

November 2019

November 25 2019

REPORT FINDS INFRASTRUCTURE BACKLOG TOO BIG FOR CATCH-UP

Sustainable Population Australia media release
Tuesday 26 November 2019

 

Unless Australia's population growth is substantially reduced, it is an illusion to believe that infrastructure will ever catch up, according to a report launched today by the Hon Bob Carr.

The report called “Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion,” was commissioned by Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The lead author was Leith van Onselen of the leading investment and business blog, Macrobusiness.

November 25 2019

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
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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

NEW ANIMATION SPELLS OUT PERILS OF GROWTH

 

(media release 29/09/2019)

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has launched a new six-minute animation ‘The Endless Growth Paradigm’. It details why it is critical that Australia breaks away from a system of endless population and economic growth.

SPA National president, Sandra Kanck, says Australia’s population grows by nearly 400,000 every year, the equivalent of a new Canberra. 

September 29 2019

SUMMIT NEEDS TO ADDRESS WHETHER WE WANT POPULATION GROWTH OR NOT

 

(SPA media release, 23 September 2019)

According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), today’s Population Summit in Sydney needs to go beyond the issue of accommodating population growth and ask the question: do we actually want it?

 

SPA national president, Ms Sandra Kanck, says the Summit boasts an impressive selection of speakers but none on environmental limits to growth.

 

September 23 2019

World Population Day – Sustainable Population Australia Victoria challenges growth at free public event as Melbourne’s population heads towards 12 million.

09 July 2019

World Population Day – Sustainable Population Australia Victoria challenges growth at free public event as Melbourne’s population heads towards 12 million.

July 11th is World Population day, marking the 30th anniversary since the global population hit 5 Billion on 11th of July, 1989.  This week, it will be 7.7 billion, and UN estimates it will reach 11.2 billion by 2100.

July 8 2019

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

OCKHAM'S RAZOR- QUESTIONING GROWTH

Every day we hear politicians, economists and media commentators
telling us how important it is to grow our economy and that the faster
it grows, the better off we are all going to be. But how credible is
this plan for perpetual growth, considering that many of the resources
we use are finite in nature?
Have we all been brainwashed into thinking that more and more growth
is the answer to all our problems?
Could it be that the myopic pursuit of growth at all costs now is the problem?

This public forum may raise more questions than it answers so come
along with your thinking caps on as we try to trim away some long-held
assumptions and get to the truth about the ideology of growth and
where it's taking us.

Speakers: Dr Haydn Washington, Dr Kerryn Higgs.
Compered by Quentin Dempster

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4, 6.30pm
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY (UTS)
Lecture theatre 5C.01.031
Block C level 1
1-59 Quay St Haymarket

Entry by donation

October 23 2016

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

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