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Population and Economics

Silver tsunami or silver lining? Why we should not fear an ageing population

Sustainable Population Australia – Discussion Paper

Lead Author: Jane O’Sullivan
October 2020

October 27 2020

SPA responds to Federal 2020 budget in Podcast interview with Leith Van Onselen

SPA's Communication Manager Michael Bayliss responds to the federal 2020 budget in the lastest episode of Post Growth Australia Podcast  (PGAP).  A link to the PGAP series - which have been made possible by our generous SPA members and donations from the broader community - can be found on our home page or by clicking here.

 

 

October 16 2020

Australia’s COVID-19 recovery must question our breakneck population growth

SPA is one again on the pulse to debate on the society that we want after COVID-19  and to ensure that we break from the past mistake that have lead us to our current predicaments.

SPA Member and VicTas branch committee member Hamish Burns had an articles published on this very issue in the esteemed journal 'Independent Australia'

We republish below with Hamish's permission

June 27 2020

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
  • Twitter link here...  If you are tweeting, you may like to include some hashtags such as the following: #auspol #infrastructure  #populationgrowth  #population  #planning

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

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