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Australia’s COVID-19 recovery must question our breakneck population growth

SPA is one again on the pulse to debate on the society that we want after COVID-19  and to ensure that we break from the past mistake that have lead us to our current predicaments.

SPA Member and VicTas branch committee member Hamish Burns had an articles published on this very issue in the esteemed journal 'Independent Australia'

We republish below with Hamish's permission

June 27 2020

UNSUNG HERO AWARD GOES TO CANBERRA RESIDENT

At its national AGM on Saturday, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) awarded the annual Mary E White Unsung Hero award to Colin Samundsett of Farrer.

Dr Mary White was a renowned author and paleo-botanist who died two years ago. She had been one of five Patrons of SPA.

SPA National President, Hon Sandra Kanck, says Colin Samundsett was the kind of member that every organisation wished for: committed to its ideals and prepared to put the time into making it work.

May 25 2020

SPA Annual General Meeting 2020

The AGM is being held electronically on Saturday, 23rd May at 11 am (EST). We are allowing 90 minutes for the meeting to be completed.

If you wish to participate in the meeting it is essential that you register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtc-mrpzktE9aofRSauoZlOF-jNbOnPtJv

This must be done by close of business on Wednesday, 20th May in order for the Returning Officer to check your membership status.

You will not be entitled to vote if you are not financial.

Some of you have previously lodged proxy forms in relation to the constitutional ballot questions and your vote has already been entered on a tally sheet. All others attending the meeting will vote electronically on the day.

Please check the ballot proposals in the attached agenda. If you would like to speak to any of them, either for or against, then you will need to let me know by 22nd May.

The day before the meeting those who have registered will be sent an invitation with the electronic link and a password to join. The invitation will include the President’s and Treasurer’s Reports and yes/no cases for the constitutional ballots (which were previously sent out to you in February) plus some technical instructions to help your participation in the meeting.

Sandra Kanck, SPA National President.

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May 18 2020

Write to your Federal MPs in support of MP Kristina Keneally to reduce migration

You will probably be aware of the article by Senator Kristina Keneally who called for a reduction in temporary skilled migration numbers.  This was in order to give Australians first opportunity in the employment market as we emerge from  the Covid -19  lock-down. 

This reasonable suggestion has met with a barrage of indignant counter articles, some accusatory on the basis of racism and some calling into question her right to offer an opinion because she, herself is a migrant!
See the article in the SMH  here

We feel this is an opportunity to support Senator Keneally's position by writing to her and also to express your opinion to your local representatives in both the Upper and Lower Houses of the Federal Parliament.

 

 

It is definitely worth contacting other Federal Labor MPs and Senators to try and get them on side.  For example, we strongly recommend that you write to your representing Labor Senators. Labor needs to be shown by the community, whilst in opposition, that lowering migration (and increasing family planning foreign aid)  is a move that is popular in the community, despite the opposing opinion pieces and twitter storms.

In these matters, timing is vital. It is not necessary to write a long letter but just to express your support for Senator Keneally's position.  If you like, you can suggest that Keneally's position does not go far enough, and that population policy needs to also take into consideration the environment,  the carrying capacity of our fragiled continent and the necessity for family planning directed foreign aid in any discussion around population policy.

We also recommend that you follow up letters with a telephone call if you can.  Direct voice contact is a very effective way of ensuring that your point is heard by a member of staff.  Remember that all MPs have a legal responsibility to respond to their constituents,  so please insist when you call that your opinion is passed on.

It's not often that a politician takes a stand like this. In our view she has very adequately defended her position in the face quite intimidating interrogation by media entities.

Senator Keneally can be contacted here

To find your own representatives

Please don't hesitate to contact SPA at media@population.org.au  if you would like any further assistance with advice on writing to your MP (including examples of pro forma letters).  Also, please email to let us know if your MP responds and there is any news you would like to share with us.

 

 

May 12 2020

COVID-19 and Population - an update

(image by Anna Shvets via Pexels)

 

May 4 2020

SPA interviewed by Overpopulation Podcast

SPA's own Communications Manager - Michael Bayliss - was interviewed by the Overpopulation Podcast

The overpopulation podcast is run by USA based organization 'World Population Balance'  who took the brave step to do the only known podcast anywhere that focuses on population.

May 3 2020

SPA Newsletter 139 - May 2020

In this newsletter you will find:
As the coronavirus crisis dominates our lives, this issue appropriately covers three articles on COVID-19;
another on taking a more nuanced approach when dealing with population;
Bill McKibben commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day;
a summary of the population aspects on the first report by the Commission on the Human Future;
a new connection between CASSE and a local population activist;

DEAL WITH POPULATION GROWTH AS WELL AS CLIMATE CHANGE THIS EARTH DAY

(media release 21 April 2020)

Population growth is as much a threat to the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems as climate change and must be addressed with equal urgency, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

This Wednesday 22 April marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate change.

The first Earth Day saw huge rallies across the US. It led to important US legislation such as the Clean Air Act, as well as the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

April 20 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE - a game changer article in the media

(From SPA eNews April #2 2020)

 

In a COVID-19 world I think we are all on the alert to find kernels of wisdom coming from commentators and opinion leaders. The one which stands out for me came from respected Australian author and critic, Christos Tsiolkas, who made a powerful comment in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald titled ‘Were so many of us wrong?’ Because it was well into the article, I suspect many would not have mined deep enough to find it, but here it is:

April 17 2020

World Heritage Day Online Event Saturday 18 April

World Heritage Day Online Event
Saturday, 18 April from 3.00pm

One of our keen SPA members will be running a Zoom event for world Heritage Day on Saturday 18th April at 3pm.  John Steley is an environmental activist and committee member of SPA’s Queensland Committee.
The online event will include a variety of presentations focusing on our ecosystem as precious natural heritage and the great initiatives from around the world to preserve these.  For those interested in population sustainability, it will include a video from David Attenborough and a trailer for the documentary on population ‘8 Billion Angels’.

Anyone can join online with Zoom with the following details:

Download Zoom to your phone or computer: https://zoom.us/download
Click on this link to join the event: https://zoom.us/j/536932462
Meeting ID: 536 932 462

John describes the event thus:

“This World Heritage Day event looks forward to the heritage we leave for future generations. It will touch on some challenges we face going forward, but in the main it will look at positive action we can take. It will comprise a series of videos, about an hour in total. The first 40 minutes are well suited for all, young and old. I expect the last 20 minutes will be of more interest to adults and adolescents than children.
“My intention is to entertain, inform, facilitate discussion and especially to move people to action. Constructive feedback is most welcome.”

We hope that you are able to join for this entertaining and informative online event.
 

April 12 2020

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