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At its national AGM on Saturday, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) awarded the annual Mary E White Unsung Hero award to Colin Samundsett of Farrer.

Dr Mary White was a renowned author and paleo-botanist who died two years ago. She had been one of five Patrons of SPA.

SPA National President, Hon Sandra Kanck, says Colin Samundsett was the kind of member that every organisation wished for: committed to its ideals and prepared to put the time into making it work.

May 25 2020

SPA Annual General Meeting 2020

The AGM is being held electronically on Saturday, 23rd May at 11 am (EST). We are allowing 90 minutes for the meeting to be completed.

If you wish to participate in the meeting it is essential that you register at

This must be done by close of business on Wednesday, 20th May in order for the Returning Officer to check your membership status.

You will not be entitled to vote if you are not financial.

Some of you have previously lodged proxy forms in relation to the constitutional ballot questions and your vote has already been entered on a tally sheet. All others attending the meeting will vote electronically on the day.

Please check the ballot proposals in the attached agenda. If you would like to speak to any of them, either for or against, then you will need to let me know by 22nd May.

The day before the meeting those who have registered will be sent an invitation with the electronic link and a password to join. The invitation will include the President’s and Treasurer’s Reports and yes/no cases for the constitutional ballots (which were previously sent out to you in February) plus some technical instructions to help your participation in the meeting.

Sandra Kanck, SPA National President.



May 18 2020

Bob Birrell Receives SPA Unsung Hero Award

On July 20th, Professor Bob Birrell met with the Victoria and Tasmania branch of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) to receive his award as the inaugural winner of the Mary E White Unsung Hero award.

The winner was announced at the Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) Annual General Meeting in Brisbane in April.

Bob was presented his award certificate by VicTas branch president Kelvin Thomson along with local SPA members.  Members met with Bob at a local cafe to celebrate his win in person and to give appreciation to his many achievements.

July 29 2019

High population growth rates in the Pacific suggest need for family planning

A public seminar in Canberra tomorrow afternoon will address the stresses caused by high population growth rates in various Pacific island states.

Dr James Ward, national president of Sustainable Population Australia, which is organising the seminar, says population growth in many of Australia’s Pacific neighbours is outstripping the capacity of these nations to provide for the basic needs of their people, not least in education and health.

April 13 2018

Fenner Conference 2013

10, 11 October 2013
The Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra ACT 2601
Register here! | Conference program here!

More Conference Information

Keynote Speaker: Professor Paul Ehrlich

Other speakers include Suzanne Cory, Hugh Possingham, David Lindenmayer, Chris Dickman, Bob Birrell, Mark O’Connor, Jane O’Sullivan, Michael Lardelli, Ian Dunlop, Sharyn Munro, Simon Michaux, Rhondda Dickson, Michael Jeffrey, Gary Jones, Ian Lowe, Michael Raupach, Tony McMichael, Paul Collins, Haydn Washington, Kelvin Thomson, Julian Cribb and Roger Short. Richard Denniss is after-dinner speaker.

August 12 2013

SPA National AGM 2012

Time & Date

The SPA AGM for 2012 will be held at 9:30am, April 14th.


The venue is University of Technology Sydney, Haymarket Campus, lecture room 31.  From north end of Quay St: Block C, gnd flr, down corridor, turn right, on right; or Block D and through courtyard and sliding door, turn right, on right.

March 28 2012

SPA AGM 2012 - Draft Agenda & Documents for members

The SPA AGM for 2012 will be held at 9:30am, April 14th at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Please click this article's title for the agenda and Attachments

February 2 2012

Call for Nominations for Election to the SPA National Executive Committee at the Annual General Meeting, 2012

The SPA Annual General Meeting will be held in Sydney, NSW on Saturday 14th April 2012 at The University of Technology Sydney.

At the meeting the elections for all elected SPA Committee positions will be held. Nominations for these positions are now called. The tenure for these positions is 12 months.

You can nominate for more than one position e.g. Secretary and Committee member. The positions are National President; Vice President; Meeting Secretary; Correspondence Secretary; Treasurer and three to five committee members.

November 24 2011

Keynote talks from the 2011 AGM

Here are 3 keynote talks from SPA's 2011 AGM, held in Perth on the 3rd of April.

The general topic was General topic was: The Resource Boom: Benefit or Burden?

  1. Development and the Future for Western Australia by Dr Mal Washer, MP
  2. How population growth hurts us all by Mark O'connor
  3. In Defence of NIMBY's by Sandy Boulter
  4. Invisible Costs of Population Growth by Dr Jane O'Sullivan
September 20 2011

New SPA Website

SPA is happy to announce its new website... and you're looking at it right now!

This new site is one part of a large IT upgrade that SPA is undertaking over several months which will include new membership databases and online interactions with members. Hopefully this will lead to better internet communication and new opportunities to transmit our important message about population to the Australian public.

This new site will have some teething problems in late September so please bear with us as we work to fix them. If you have urgent issues with the site, please contact the webmaster via the Contact page. Just a note: no content has been lost so if your favourite article isn't appearing just yet, it's not gone forever but just archived for the moment!

September 18 2011