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21 October 2021

Big majority of Australians reject Big Australia

  Australians have decisively rejected returning to pre-covid levels of  high immigration and high population growth according to the latest survey by TAPRI (The Australian Population Research Institute). The survey finds that 70 percent of Australians have rejected  the annual net migration of 240,000 people prior to COVID-19 as too high. More significantly,  69 percent …

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14 October 2021

World Food Day: Little hope of eradicating hunger while global population increases

  Speaking on the eve of World Food Day (October 16), Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) President Jenny Goldie says there is little hope of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) – Zero Hunger – by 2030 if global population continues its inexorable rise. According to the World Food Programme, up to 811 million people have …

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12 October 2021

What Australia does NOT need is an explosion of immigrants: SPA

Media release in response to Dominic Perrottet Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) emphatically rejects the call by new NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet for an explosion of new immigrants – a doubling of pre-Covid annual intakes over five years. The NSW Premier’s call is at odds with several learned economists, including Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe, Professor …

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24 September 2021

Time to give young women freedom from unwanted pregnancies

Australia should not only emulate France by making contraception free for all women under 25, but make it free for all women, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).   In France from next year, those under 25 would not be charged for medical appointments, tests, or other medical procedures related to birth control. For the …

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20 September 2021

Ending population growth integral to avoiding conflict

  On the eve of the International Day of Peace, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) says that there can be little hope of peace in regions of rapid population growth unless accompanied by productivity growth and strong institutions. According to SPA, numerous scientific papers have linked conflict to resource scarcity, with population growth being one of …

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17 September 2021

SPA welcomes near ZPG national figures despite state baby booms

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has welcomed the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that show population growth has fallen to near zero (0.1 per cent) despite an apparent baby boom. Yesterday, the ABS released figures for the year ending March 31. Australia’s population grew by 35,700 or 0.14 per cent. Annual natural …

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5 September 2021

Human population growth a threat to other species

Habitat loss is the greatest threat to other species and is exacerbated by human activities and population growth, according Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). Thus, slowing and ending population growth is critical if threatened species are not to be driven to extinction. Australia commemorates National Threatened Species Day on 7 September to raise awareness of plants and animals …

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20 August 2021

Give 10,000 afghans refuge: SPA

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has supported the call of its Patron, former NSW Premier and federal Foreign Minister Bob Carr, to allow in 10,000 refugees from Afghanistan. Mr Carr made the call on ABC-TV’s Q&A program last night. SPA National President Ms Jenny Goldie says the first plane load out of Kabul of a mere …

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12 August 2021

Fenner conference on sustainable agriculture deferred until March

The Fenner Conference on Environment, scheduled for 30 September and 1 October this year in Canberra, has been deferred until March 17 and 18 next year because of Covid. The conference is addressing “Making Australian agriculture sustainable” and will feature many impressive speakers from the farming and academic community.   Conference co-organiser and National President …

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7 August 2021

Stokes right to call for a population policy

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has welcomed the call by NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes for a policy on people: “how many we can expect, where we want them to live and what their needs and attributes might be.” SPA National President, Ms Jenny Goldie says the time for a population policy is long overdue. “There …

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