Baby Bonus Bad for Environment (Oct) | Sustainable Population Australia

An independent not-for-profit organisation seeking to protect the environment and our quality of life by ending population growth in Australia and globally, while rejecting racism and coercive population control. SPA is an environmental advocacy organisation, not a political party.

Baby Bonus Bad for Environment (Oct)

Monday, 23 October 2006 

The Federal Government's baby bonus is encouraging an increased birth rate, which will put 

more pressure on Australia's and the world's already overstressed environment. 

Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed 265,000 babies were born in 

Australia last year, the highest number since 1971 and an increase of 15,000 from the 

previous year. Such an unhelpful increase in births is made worse through the Howard 

Government's $4,000 baby bonus. 

The Government's push to lift the birth rate is bad policy, particularly on environmental 


Australia is the driest inhabited country on Earth and every mainland capital city is 

experiencing water shortages. Each extra person added to the population increases the demand 

for water at a time when there is not enough to supply the existing population. 

Increasing the population also adds to the problem of global warming. Australia has the 

highest per capita emissions of greenhouse gases in the world, so a rise in the birth rate 

increases greenhouse gas emissions and hence global warming. 

Sustainable Population Australia urges both the Government and individuals to consider the 

effect on the environment of bringing more people into the world. A person's decision to 

remain childless is morally justifiable on the grounds of conserving the environment. 





Dr Ian Macindoe, National President, Sustainable Population Australia Inc. 

Phone: (02) 9639 4654; Mob: 0403 898 490 




Ms Sheila Newman, National Vice-President, Sustainable Population Australia Inc. 

Phone: (03) 9783 5047 


Mr Gordon Hocking, National Secretary, Sustainable Population Australia Inc. 

Phone: (02) 9528 6091.