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9 November 2022

Eight Billion Day a cause for concern, not celebration

  On 15 November the world will mark the arrival of 8 billion people on the Earth. Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) says it is a cause for concern, not celebration. SPA argues that humans have overpopulated the Earth by exceeding the boundaries that ensure the renewal of life. SPA national president, Ms Jenny Goldie, says …

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2 November 2022

8 Billion Day on 15 November 2022: Briefing Note

  Media Alert The United Nations predicts 15 November 2022 to be the day that the world population reaches eight billion. To mark this important milestone and to aid well-informed discussion, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has released a new Briefing Note: “8 Billion Day facts and myths”, which can be viewed here. Prepared by widely-published …

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27 October 2022

Population growth may boost GDP but not wellbeing

  The forecast increase in annual population growth to 1.4 per cent thanks to restoration of pre-Covid levels of immigration may boost total GDP but not individual well-being, says Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). Treasury forecasts GDP will rise by 3.25 per cent in 2022/23 before dropping back to 1.5 per cent in 2023/24. Much of …

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14 October 2022

Population growth an impediment to food security

  As World Food Day (Sunday 16 October) approaches, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has warned that continuing population growth in many regions is making it harder to deliver sufficient safe, nutritious food to all people. SPA notes that those countries currently experiencing food insecurity, made even worse this year by extreme weather events and the …

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4 October 2022

Plan for zero extinctions requires end to human population growth

If the federal government is serious about its goal to prevent any new extinctions of Australian wildlife, it must understand that preservation of habitat is the key.  According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), that requires an end to human population growth. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek announced today a zero extinctions target for the country’s plants …

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26 September 2022

Universal access to contraception must be a top priority

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has given its full support to the UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) World Contraception Day (26 September) and calls on all governments to provide affordable modern contraception to everyone who needs it. According to UNFPA, where contraception is readily available, ‘maternal death and disability, newborn/child mortality and morbidity, unintended pregnancies … and …

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23 September 2022

Latest ABS figures reveal we are heading back to Big Australia

The figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Wednesday reveal the country is heading back to ‘Big Australia’, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). SPA National President Ms Jenny Goldie says that, while some post-Covid ‘bounce back’ in net overseas migration was understandable, the large increase in arrivals (up 183 per cent …

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31 August 2022

Insiders program needs to look beyond short-term economics and engage with broader issue

The Chair of the national 1996 State of the Environment report has warned of adding huge numbers of people to the population when the present population is already degrading our systems irreversibly. Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe says the panel on last Sunday’s Insider program had a long discussion on bringing hundreds of thousands more people to Australia to produce …

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26 August 2022

Jobs summit: set immigration level in context of how many people this continent can support

In the lead-up to the Jobs and Skills Summit, an environmental advocacy group has called on the Treasurer Jim Chalmers to resist pressures to accelerate Australia’s population growth with a massive increase in immigration. The national president of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), Ms Jenny Goldie, says that lower population growth, and a stabilised population size …

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18 August 2022

Jobs summit: Boost salaries for skilled migrants to end rorts

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has called on the Jobs and Skills Summit to resist pressures to accelerate Australia’s population growth with a massive increase in immigration. SPA national president, Ms Jenny Goldie, says pressure by business on the government to lift immigration to 200,000 is more about wage suppression than a genuine solution to skills …

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