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Media release for Thomas Malthus’s birthday

Tomorrow, 13th February, is the 250th anniversary of the birth of English population pioneer, Rev Thomas Malthus (1766-1834) who warned of the dire consequences of population growth.
With the world population of 7.4 billion still growing at more than 80 million a year, it is time we focused more on population control, says environment group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

February 14 2016

Survey Results: Most Australians don’t want population growth

 
 
Heading for SPA Population Survey
 
December 31 2015

Media release: Most Australians don’t want population growth

Results of a significant survey showing that most Australians (a clear 51%) do not want population growth have been released today.
Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) president, Sandra Kanck, says this new survey sheds light on an increasingly controversial topic.
‘We now have solid evidence that government and business are not listening to Australian voters on the subject of population growth,’ Ms Kanck said.

December 31 2015

Media Release: Ignoring the major while emphasising the minor: population increase in Pacific nations.

The emphasis which the Federal Government is placing on sea level rise affecting Pacific Island nations, swinging $1 billion from foreign aid for adaptation purposes is seriously misplaced says environment NGO, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

December 11 2015

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

Population and Ageing:Disaster or Triumph? - Free Public Seminar

 Free Public Seminar

Population and Ageing: Disaster or Triumph?

7 March, 1 pm - 5 pm 

Bradley Forum, Hawke Centre, Uni SA, West Campus, 55 North Tce 

February 16 2015

Buy Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

To order a copy of this book, please call SPA's office on 0434 962 305.

"This is a magnificent book, albeit confronting at times. SPA is extremely fortunate to have been given a number of books to sell and distribute in Australia."

Book review by Jenny Goldie. Originally published in the SPA Feb Newsletter

February 7 2015

Drop in growth rate welcome – SPA

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes the drop in the population growth rate as reported by the Australian Bureaus of Statistics (ABS) on Friday.

The growth rate in the year to 30 June 2014 was 1.6 per cent, or an increase of 364,900 over the previous year. The growth rate has declined slowly from over 2% three years ago. While growth in both net overseas migration (NOM) and natural increase fell, the fall was greater with NOM, meaning natural increase now makes up 42% (as against 40%) of the total growth.

December 22 2014

Give all adolescent girls sex education and information about contraception

Media release for International Day of the Girl Child (October 11)

Adolescent girls everywhere should have age appropriate sex education and ready access to contraception should they need it.

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child and the 2014 theme is "Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence".

According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), an unwanted pregnancy is a form of violence against an adolescent girl.

October 10 2014

Global urbanisation good for some but bad for nature

A UN Report[i] to be issued tomorrow (July 10), the day before World Population Day, will note that by 2050 about two-thirds of all humans will live in urban areas. Most of the anticipated urban growth by 2050 will occur in Asia and Africa. Already, more than half the global population lives in cities.

July 11 2014

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