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6 July 2022

On this World Population Day, we must reassert women’s right to choose

As the 2022 World Population Day approaches (July 11), Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) calls on the Australian government to reassert a woman’s right to choose and to reject the US Supreme Court’s decision in reversing Roe v. Wade.   On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court officially reversed Roe v. Wade, declaring that the constitutional right …

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3 June 2022

On this Environment Day – remember Stockholm

On this World Environment Day (June 5), Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) is calling on governments to remember what the declaration from the first UN Conference on the Environment held in June 1972 in Stockholm said about population growth. It said: The natural growth of population continuously presents problems for the preservation of the environment, and …

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27 May 2022

Support union call for income threshold for all skilled migrants: SPA

In the lead-up to Labor’s Employment Summit, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has supported the call by unions for an income threshold for skilled migrants to be well above average earnings. While unions have suggested $90,000 as a pay floor, and the Grattan Institute $70,000, SPA recommends the government should seek to apply one that is …

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24 May 2022

Albanese government must introduce a population policy

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has called on the new Albanese government to formulate a population policy for Australia of which immigration would just be a part, in such a manner that it will ensure a beneficial environment for all in this country’s future. SPA national president Ms Jenny Goldie says for too long immigration policy …

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1 May 2022

Solutions to land degradation must include an end to population growth

The ability of Earth to provide food for eight billion humans is rapidly declining. Forty per cent of planet Earth’s land is now degraded. Yet, if human population growth is not halted, food for an additional two to three billion will be needed but unable to be supplied, says Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). SPA national …

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20 April 2022

Invest in our planet by ending population growth

On this year’s Earth Day (Friday April 22) which has the theme ‘Invest in our Planet’, Sustainable Population Australia says the best way to invest in our planet is to end population growth nationally and globally. Australia’s population growth fell to 0.3% (69,700 people) in September 2021, largely because of Covid-related border closures, from a …

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9 March 2022

Food insecurity breeds conflict

“Human civilisation depends vitally on a stable food supply. The constant lesson of history is that food insecurity breeds conflict – as shown in my book Food or War,” says science author Julian Cribb AM. Mr Cribb is a speaker at next week’s Fenner Conference on Environment – Making Australian agriculture sustainable – at the …

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2 March 2022

Climate change threatens food production

The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on “Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” released Monday night warns food production will be impacted, even with only small amount of global warming. The effect of climate change on agriculture will be discussed at the upcoming Fenner Conference – Making Australian agriculture sustainable …

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26 February 2022

Agriculture under threat from expanded mining leases

Australian agricultural land is being significantly encroached upon by coal and gas mining, including the planned Narrabri underground mine expansion that will send nine more farms dry due to water impacts. The expansion is on top of the 61,000 ha the company has already purchased. Lock the Gate members Sally Hunter and Nicky Chirlian will …

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19 February 2022

Population growth a key driver of environmental decline: NSW SoE report

The 2021 NSW State of Environment report (SoE) released this week confirms that population growth is “a significant driver of environmental impacts”, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has noted. The SoE report reveals that land clearing has increased threefold over the past decade, woodlands and grasslands have deteriorated, and 62 per cent of vegetation is under …

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