Media Releases

8 February 2021

Australian premiere of acclaimed childfree documentary to be screened late February

  Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) are partnering with filmmaker Maxine Trump on the Australian premiere of her award winning film To Kid or Not to Kid in Melbourne and Perth on the 26 and 27 February.   Hailed by critics as a ‘thoughtful and insightful film’ (The Scotsman) and ‘Candid and empathetic’ (the New York Times), …

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11 December 2020

Lower birth rates are a welcome trend for Australia

Australia’s birth rate is declining, but this is no cause for concern, according to the president of Sustainable Population Australia, the Hon. Sandra Kanck. Ms Kanck was speaking in response to the release of new ABS data which shows that the 2019 fertility rate was 1.66 births per woman. Fertility has been declining gradually over …

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6 December 2020

Lower population growth projections for Australia welcomed

Findings from the federal government’s first Population Statement, which projects reduced population growth through to 2031, have been welcomed by the president of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The Statement is projecting average population growth of 1.1 percent over the coming decade, compared to the 1.6 percent (more than 400,000 per year) in the past decade.  …

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26 October 2020

Media release: New report finds nothing to fear from an ageing population

EMBARGOED until Wednesday 28 October 2020 A discussion paper released this week finds that an ageing population is ‘more of a silver lining than a silver tsunami’. In a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease, the paper concludes that federal government policy of rapid population growth to off-set ageing brings far …

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18 October 2020

Bob Brown’s comments on population welcomed

(Media release, 18/10/2020)   Bob Brown’s call for Australia to lead a mature discussion about the need to reduce global population growth has been welcomed by the president of environmental advocacy group Sustainable Population Australia. Dr Brown’s comments were reported in The Weekend Australian of 17-18 October (“Greens must push cut to population: Brown”).   …

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24 September 2020

World contraception day – support for contraception critical

(SPA media release 24th September 2020) (SPA also contributed an opinion article to The Overpopulation Project  for World Contraception Day.  Link to the article: “Why global support for contraception is critical in the pandemic age”  can be found here)   There are 214 million women worldwide who do not have access to modern contraception and …

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21 August 2020

Earth overshoot day retreats three weeks but for the wrong reason

(SPA media release August 20, 2020)   Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes the retreat by three weeks of Earth Overshoot Day, from 1 August last year to 22 August this year. SPA, however, regrets that the Covid pandemic has been the cause, rather than deliberate government policy to reduce the impact of human activity on …

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27 July 2020

The sky will not fall due to slower population growth

(SPA media release 27/07/2020) Treasury projections that Australia’s population growth rate in 2021 will drop to 0.6 percent from 1.6 percent due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been welcomed by Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has encouraged Australians to have more babies to bolster a flagging economy. President of SPA, Sandra Kanck, …

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9 July 2020

World population day 2020 – protect the rights of women and girls during covid

(SPA media release, 09th July, 2020)   Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has called for the rights of women and girls to be protected during the COVID-19 crisis, particularly with respect to reproductive health.   World Population Day is celebrated on 11 July, and this year’s goal is to raise awareness of women’s and girls’ sexual …

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21 April 2020

Deal with population growth as well as climate change this earth day

Population growth is as much a threat to the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems as climate change and must be addressed with equal urgency, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). This Wednesday 22 April marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate change. The first …

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