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High population growth rates in the Pacific suggest need for family planning

A public seminar in Canberra tomorrow afternoon will address the stresses caused by high population growth rates in various Pacific island states.

Dr James Ward, national president of Sustainable Population Australia, which is organising the seminar, says population growth in many of Australia’s Pacific neighbours is outstripping the capacity of these nations to provide for the basic needs of their people, not least in education and health.

April 13 2018

PUBLIC SEMINAR - “Population pressures in the Pacific”

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton ACT
1.30 to 5pm Saturday 14 April 2018

Speakers – first session:
Dr Chris McMurray - 'Population Pressure in the Pacific: not just a matter of numbers'
Since 1982 Chris McMurray has held various teaching and visiting appointments in ANU's School of Demography. From 1998 until 2002 she Headed the Demography Program at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia, and since then has been a free-lance consultant working on Pacific population and socio-economic development.

Dr Bryant Allen – ‘Population growth and sustainable food production in PNG’
Bryant Allen is an Honorary Associate Professor in the department of Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Among his main research interests are food security and shifting cultivation systems in Papua New Guinea. He continues to visit Papua New Guinea and in 2016 spent five weeks in the East Sepik village he first lived in for 15 months in 1971 and 1972.

Ms Rarawa Amberoti – ‘How climate change will affect Kiribati’
Rarawa Amberoti is from Kiribati and studying for a Master of Climate Change at ANU.

Afternoon tea: 3 – 3.30pm

Speakers – second session
Senator Claire Moore – ‘Population Pressures in the Pacific’

Claire Moore is Labor Senator for Queensland. In July 2016, she was appointed Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific. She is active on a number of Parliamentary committees.

Dr Joanne Epp – ‘Population, Family Planning and Potential’
Joanne Epp is a senior health economist with extensive international experience in economics, research and policy analysis including work at the World Bank, UNFPA, NSW Treasury, KPMG, and the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy.   She has been a Women's Plans Foundation Trustee and Board Member since 2013. 
Panel of all speakers

Seminar organised by Sustainable Population Australia to mark its 30th birthday.

April 12 2018

SPA swings into the ABC population debate

Have you noticed the sudden unexpected coverage about population on the ABC?  On the 12th of March, 4 Corners ran an episode called ‘Big Australia - Are We Ready.’, Directly following this was a panel discussion QandA on ‘A Big Australia’. Since then, population has continued to be one of ‘the’ major topics of discussion in the mainstream media, including ABC radio and the mainstream press such as Fairfax and News Ltd.

March 27 2018

SPA 30th Anniversary National AGM and afternoon Seminar

SPA was founded in 1988 in Canberra under the name Australians for an Ecologically Sustainable Population. It is appropriate that we celebrate our 30th birthday in the same city!

Date: 14 April, 2018.  AGM begins: 11am (come at 10.30am for morning tea).

Venue: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT.

Afternoon seminar: 'Population Pressures in the Pacific' (1.30pm to 5pm), including afternoon tea, featuring a number of speakers including Senator Claire Moore. Senator Moore is the shadow minister for International Development and the Pacific and vice-chair of the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development.

All welcome. Please bring friends and non-members for the afternoon seminar.. $5 donation at the door.

March 8 2018

SPA Newsletter 131 - March 2018

 

Contents

William Rees on collapse
TAPRI on population surveys
Obituary: Paddy Weaver
Book reviews
Branch reports

Media Release: Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton on migration.

Australia has no coherent population plan other than to inundate the major cities with people.

Instead of a well though-out population policy, the strategy has been to stoke overall economic growth to support big business. This suits the property industry and retailers but GDP per capita growth is stagnating while ordinary Australians are worse off.

February 21 2018

Partnering: Strength through Alliance

The SPA NSW branch will be hosting its first event of 2018, on the theme of partnering. It will be an afternoon of speakers, discussion and audience input into NSW SPA activities. For those who will be in NSW on the weekend of the 24th Feb,  this will be a very worthwhile event to attend.

SPA seeks to form mutually supportive alliances with other organisations whose values are in line / overlap with SPA’s. We see partnering as enabling for all parties, through co-operation in areas where there are the same or similar aims. To this end, we are hosting an afternoon of speakers and discussion.

We have invited Maggie Chen from the international youth organisation AIESEC, and Alice Oppen (a SPA member) from Women’s Plans Foundation to give us an insight into the work of their organisations. There will be opportunity to ask questions.

Following an afternoon tea break there will be a facilitated session to enable you to have input into NSW SPA’s activities, including what we can do to support members.

Save the date and talk with friends into coming along.

Details:
Saturday 24 February, Arrive 1.45pm for 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

To help us with catering, please email RSVP by 17 February.
Enquiries: Nola Stewart   nst332769@bigpond.com

February 16 2018

Australians for Animals

SPA is thrilled to introduce Sue Arnold from Australians for Animals Inc. Sue has been a wildlife activist and journalist for the past 30 years who has a first hand insight into the the impact of population growth on wildlife.

February 15 2018

SPA at Sustainable Living Festival 2018

In what is now a yearly tradition, Sustainable Population Australia will be at Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival (SLF) in February.

Volunteers from the Victoria and Tasmania branch will be holding a SPA information stall during the SLF Big Weekend.  The Big Weekend runs from 9 - 11 February at Melbourne’s Federation Square and Birrarung Marr. 

With thousands of people attending the Big Weekend, this is one of the biggest opportunities of the year for the branch to reach out to the wider community on the issue of population. 

Our enthusiastic volunteers and members have been working hard behind the scenes in the lead up to this year’s festival in planning the stall the key messages to share to the public.  The stall will also be selling books written by past and former members of SPA such as Growing For Broke by Peter North, Dynamic Balance by Martin Tye and Rules of Animal and Human Populations by Sheila Newman. 

Find out more about the SLF Big Weekend here

SPA members Michael Bayliss and Mark Allen will also be running at workshop Town Planning Response to Climate Change as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. 

At the workshop you can learn about how current town planning models affect the environment. We'll discuss ways to change town planning systems and communities to reduce their environmental impact. 

The impacts of population growth on our town planning system will be highlighted and discussed in depth. 

When 23rd of February from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where Michael’s intentional community home in Preston, Melbourne

Stay to watch the the documentary Lamnas - UK’s first planned EcoVillage at 08:30pm.

Experience tells us this workshop is a great way to introduce the importance of town planning and population issues to people who are new to these ideas, particularly for younger people who are feeling disaffected by the current property market. 

We encourage SPA members to pass on information about the workshop to anyone who they feel may benefit from attending. 

Find more about the workshop here
Book tickets click here. Please note that this workshop is by donation on arrival.

We would also like to draw attention to the fact that one of the key speakers for this year’s SLF, Paul Hawken, is a strong advocate for global population sustainability, where his Project Drawdown has evaluated that reducing fertility is one of the biggest and most cost-effective contribution to emissions reduction. 

Find out more about Paul and the rest of the Sustainable Living Festival at their site here.

If you are around in Melbourne during any of these events over February and would like to come along to support or say hello.  We'd love to see you.

January 24 2018

ABC Refuses to Discuss Population

For the second year running SPA has sought a meeting with the ABC Board to discuss the ABC's failure to address the population issue, and for the second year running we have been refused.

This letter is that second request.

January 18 2018

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