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19 February 2020

Student union accused of censorship

The Students Association of the Australian National University stands accused of censorship and shutting down debates, exactly the opposite of what one should expect in a modern university, says Sandra Kanck, President of environment group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). National Vice-President of SPA, Ms Jenny Goldie, was booked more than a month ago to address …

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20 December 2019

Reduction in population growth rate welcome

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has welcomed the reduction in Australia’s annual population growth rate from 1.6 per cent to 1.5 per cent over the past quarter. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its figures for the year ending 30 June yesterday. They showed Australia’s population in June was 25,364,300, an increase of 381,600 people …

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26 November 2019

Official launch – population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

Official Launch with Professor the Hon. Bob Carr and Leith van Onselen, MacroBusiness Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion A new report commissioned by Sustainable Population Australia Tuesday 26 November 2019, 10am The Metcalfe Room, State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney This is a FREE event. Includes morning tea. RSVP your …

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26 November 2019

Report finds infrastructure backlog too big for catch-up

Unless Australia’s population growth is substantially reduced, it is an illusion to believe that infrastructure will ever catch up, according to a report launched today by the Hon Bob Carr. The report called “Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion,” was commissioned by Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The lead author was Leith van …

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6 November 2019

Climate scientists say ending population growth essential part of dealing with climate crisis

(Sustainable Population Australia media release Nov 06 2019)     Stabilising world population is an essential part of dealing with the climate emergency, according to the report signed by over 11,000 scientists in 153 countries released yesterday.   Sustainable Population Australia welcomed the report, saying the role of population growth in climate change has been …

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15 October 2019

Stopping population growth critical to ending hunger

This year, World Food Day (October 16) calls for action to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. If this is to be achieved, population growth must be slowed and even reversed, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). Sandra Kanck, SPA national president, says more than 80 million people in the world …

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11 October 2019

Bigger cities less safe for girls

Growing cities have many problems but not least is the growing insecurity and exploitation experienced by girls, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). SPA bases this on the report by Plan International called Unsafe in the City that focusses on five cities including Sydney. The report states that: “As our cities’ populations grow, we are …

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29 September 2019

New animation spells out perils of growth

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has launched a new six-minute animation ‘The Endless Growth Paradigm’. It details why it is critical that Australia breaks away from a system of endless population and economic growth. SPA National president, Sandra Kanck, says Australia’s population grows by nearly 400,000 every year, the equivalent of a new Canberra. “At this …

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23 September 2019

Summit needs to address whether we want population growth or not

According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), today’s Population Summit in Sydney needs to go beyond the issue of accommodating population growth and ask the question: do we actually want it? SPA national president, Ms Sandra Kanck, says the Summit boasts an impressive selection of speakers but none on environmental limits to growth. “Sydney is projected …

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7 September 2019

Population growth puts sustainability goals out of reach.

Continuing rapid population growth in poorer countries is putting achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) out of reach, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) brought into effect the 17 SDGs in January 2016 and they will continue until 2030. The SDGs include the goals of ending poverty and …

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