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14 February 2022

Population growth has increased Australia’s climate emissions

Population growth of 8.3 million people since 1990 has caused a marked increase in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report. The report also warns that continuing population growth in Australia, combined with climate change, will make Australians vulnerable to food, water and energy scarcities in the future. The lead author of the report is the …

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21 December 2021

Call by AIG for increased migrant intake unwarranted

  The call by Innes Wilcox, chief executive of the Australian Industry Group to lift the cap on immigration from 160,000 to between 190,00 and 200,000 is unwarranted, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). SPA argues that the so-called skills shortage is over-rated and does not require a return to pre-Covid levels of immigration. SPA …

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9 December 2021

Fall in birthrate and fertility welcome: SPA

  Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has welcomed the latest figures showing registered births fell by 3.7% in 2020, and dismissed concerns expressed by former Treasurer Peter Costello. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) also reported that the total fertility rate was at an all-time low of 1.58 babies per woman. SPA National President Ms Jenny …

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1 December 2021

Skilled migrant shortage a sham: New Briefing Note

  Claims that skills shortages require massive increases in the skilled migrant intake do not stand up to scrutiny, according to a new Briefing Note prepared by Leith van Onselen, Chief Economist at MacroBusiness. The Note, commissioned by Sustainable Population Australia, comes as employer groups and some government members are angling to ramp up skilled …

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24 November 2021

New poll: Australians decisively reject Big Australia path

The new survey findings of the Resolve Political Monitor provide yet further evidence that Australians do not want to return to the Big Australia path of high population growth, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The survey, as reported in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, found that 58% of Australians believe we should re-start …

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23 November 2021

Do Australians wish to return to high levels of immigration, or not?

A recent opinion poll by The Australian Centre for Population Research (TAPRI) found that 70% of Australians do not wish to return to pre-Covid immigration levels of 240,000 per year or anything like this number. In contrast, an Essential Research (ER) poll suggested that a declining proportion of respondents were concerned about immigration levels being …

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17 November 2021

Bulging cities focus of new environmental campaign

A new video shows how Canberrans are pushing back after years of simmering concern about the prodigious growth of the city. . The video called My Bulging City is produced by Canberra journalist Rod Taylor. It is part of a campaign by environmental group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). “We are increasingly aware that our city …

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15 November 2021

SPA welcomes world vasectomy week but seeks focus on other contraceptive methods as well

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes World Vasectomy Week (November 13- 20) and notes that when a man has a vasectomy it is “an act of love” towards his wife or partner. SPA national president Ms Jenny Goldie says that for too long women bore the primary responsibility for family planning. “Vasectomies allowed men to share …

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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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