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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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31 March 2020

SPA statement to the COVID-19 pandemic

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) extends our sympathies and solidarity to all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during these very trying times.  We are deeply saddened for the thousands who have already lost their lives to this terrible disease and give our deepest sympathies to their families, friends and communities. We extend our thoughts to …

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19 February 2020

Student union accused of censorship

The Students Association of the Australian National University stands accused of censorship and shutting down debates, exactly the opposite of what one should expect in a modern university, says Sandra Kanck, President of environment group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). National Vice-President of SPA, Ms Jenny Goldie, was booked more than a month ago to address …

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20 December 2019

Reduction in population growth rate welcome

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has welcomed the reduction in Australia’s annual population growth rate from 1.6 per cent to 1.5 per cent over the past quarter. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its figures for the year ending 30 June yesterday. They showed Australia’s population in June was 25,364,300, an increase of 381,600 people …

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