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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

Climate Change not the only challenge for small island states

High population densities are as much a challenge for small island states as is climate change, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

World Environment Day is June 5, and this year aims to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on small islands states around the world.

National president of SPA, Ms Jenny Goldie, says many small island states have high population densities, which increase the pressure on already limited resources, particularly fresh water.

June 6 2014

End Population Growth to Preserve Island Biodiversity

END POPULATION GROWTH TO PRESERVE ISLAND BIODIVERSITY

If island biodiversity is to be preserved, ending human population growth is critical and our foreign aid must help achieve it, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

May 22 is the International Day of Biological Diversity and in 2014 the focus is on island biodiversity, particularly Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

May 21 2014

'Skeptics in a Pub' meeting powerpoint produced as a PDF

The issue of human population has become the "elephant in the room": huge but ignored by so many. In fact, human numbers count and count decisively. Uniquely, population is the multiplier of all. Without a humane resolution to the problem of population growth, all other causes will, sooner or later, become lost causes. It is high time to face the challenge and refute the many myths that surround it. Powerpoint presentation held at The Bridge Hotel Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Wednesday, May 14 2014.

May 18 2014

Greening cities not enough to ensure sustainable communities

Greening cities, the theme of this year’s Earth Day, is a noble objective but not enough to ensure sustainable communities, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Only by stabilising population numbers in cities can sustainability hope to be achieved, says SPA’s national president, Ms Jenny Goldie.

May 1 2014

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