22 million people: A matter of national concern

30 September 2009

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Australia reaching a population of 22 million people some time today is

nothing to cheer about – rather it is a matter of national concern,

according to environment group, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

SPA’s national president, Sandra Kanck, says that Australians are

already living unsustainably, and adding more people adds to the problem.

“The current rate of population growth has us on course for a population

of 100 million by the end of the century, which hardly bears thinking about.

“There is a not a single environmental problem that benefits from

increased population growth. To the contrary, population growth makes

all environmental problems – and many social ones – much worse.

“Increases in greenhouse gas emissions almost directly parallel

population growth. As a nation we cannot claim in any way to be dealing

with the problem of climate change if we actively pursue increases in


“It is nonsensical that Australia, with only six percent of its land

being arable, now has a population growth rate double that of other OECD


“Australia must stop encouraging population growth, cease the baby bonus

and reduce immigration” said Ms Kanck.


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