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President's Message July 2017

Wow. What a week it’s been. Popular academic news blog, The Conversation, has run a whole series on population titled “Is Australia Full?”, with several of the articles included as links in the eNews below. This includes an article led by SPA’s Peter Martin (President: SA branch); Peter’s article attracted over 360 comments, and was then re-posted on The Guardian news site, where it drew a further 1,000+ comments. I recognised some names in there, so thanks go to SPA members for contributing to that discussion.

July 21 2017

WORLD MUST STEP UP CONTRACEPTION FUNDING

On the eve of World Population Day (July 11), Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has called for a significant increase in funding for contraception to meet the unmet need of over 200 million women worldwide.

This year, world leaders will meet again in London on World Population Day for the second meeting of the Family Planning Summit. At its first meeting in 2012, leaders affirmed the importance of family planning to women’s empowerment and global prosperity. It aimed to expand access to voluntary family planning to 120 million additional women by 2020.

July 10 2017

AUSTRALIAN POPULATION GROWTH RATE ‘ALARMINGLY HIGH’

Australia’s annual population growth rate of 1.6 per cent was alarmingly high, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Figures released on Tuesday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the year ending December 2016 showed Australia’s population had increased by 372,800 to 24,385,600 people over the previous year. Net Overseas Migration (NOM) made up 209,000, or 56 per cent, of the total growth, and natural increase the rest.

SPA national president Dr James Ward says our population growth rate is more than twice the OECD average, and third only to Israel and Luxembourg.

June 29 2017

POPULATION GROUP MOURNS LOSS OF UN POPULATION FUND DIRECTOR

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) is mourning the loss of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, who died earlier in the week at his home in New York aged 68.
Dr. Osotimehin, a Nigerian physician and public health expert, had been UNFPA’s Executive Director since 2011, with the rank of United Nations Under-Secretary-General.
SPA’s national president, Dr James Ward, says Dr Osotimehin will be missed because of his commitment to women’s reproductive health and rights.
“He understood how important they were in purely humanitarian terms but also how they were integral to stabilising population growth,” says Dr Ward.

June 9 2017

SPA Newsletter 128 - Jun 2017

Contents

Jenny Goldie reflects on 29 years of SPA

James Ward et al on the decoupling delusion

William Rees on the wages of self-delusion

Vale Bryan Furnass

Book reviews

POPULATION: HAVE WE MADE ANY PROGRESS AT ALL?

Jenny Goldie

This title was prompted by a recent question from a member of SPA, who wondered whether the considerable money he had donated over the years had been cost effective.

It led to my reflecting on whether SPA has indeed made any progress over the past 29 years since the organisation was founded.

May 4 2017

NOTICE OF NATIONAL SPA AGM 2017 AND AFTERNOON SEMINAR

This year the NSW Branch of SPA is hosting the National AGM of SPA in Sydney at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St Sydney, in the Mitchell Theatre (Level 1) on Saturday 29th April.

Current members are welcome to participate in the AGM at 10am. All members of the public are welcome to the afternoon forum: "Population - the way forward" at 1pm. This will include speakers James Ward (incoming national president) and Graham Wood (NSW branch president).

Hope to see many of you there!

April 27 2017

Program for public meetings of SPA-SA/NT March-June 2017

All events are in the Seminar Room, ground floor, Conservation Council of SA, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide city

Date

SPA Review’ Event

Speaker

Book and Blog Alert

Tues 28 March 7.30pm

The Arrival of the Anthropocene

John Tons

Michael Lardelli

Wed 3 May 7.30 pm

Using the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) to present a case for an end to population growth in Australia.

Plus a report on the Ecological Economics Conference, Adelaide, Jan 2017

Peter Martin

tbc

Wed May 31 7.30 pm

Energy and the Wealth of Nations

Understanding the Biophysical Economy, by Charles Hall.

This (expensive) book is reviewed at http://www.resilience.org/stories/2012-06-11/energy-and-wealth-nations/

 

Michael Lardelli

 

tbc

Wed June 28

7.30 pm

Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution, by Brian Czech.

John Coulter

tbc

SPA-SA/NT holds monthly ‘SPA Review’ nights at which books and other materials that have strongly influenced members are outlined and discussed. An innovation for 2017 will be a 5-min ‘Book and Blog Alert’ segment when certain key papers, postings or other information is reported and links provided. Note that volunteers to present this Alert at the May and June nights are still needed. Members, friends and other members of the public are welcome, and there is no charge. Refreshments are provided.

 

For more details contact SA-NT branch president Peter Martin (0417 776 494, poitgm@hotmail.com), or secretary Dr Michael Lardelli (michael.lardelli@adelaide.edu.au).

March 12 2017

Silent auction of paintings by Jackie Ellis

SPA member,  Jackie Ellis of  Kununurra  in WA has, for the 2nd time generously donated paintings  to SPA!  We thank Jackie very much for her gift and are taking this wonderful opportunity to auction these works for SPA

The titles of  the 2 works , “Ecology Connected to Everything Else”  and “Ecology -Everything is Connected” encapsulate the important principle that  environmentalists understand to be true – that elements of nature are interconnected and an action upon any one will have downstream consequences. 

To view the paintings and bid for one or both – click on Auction.

March 8 2017

SPA Newsletter 127 - Mar 2017

P1: Birrell & Kinnaird on migration

P3: Jenny Goldie farewells Tony Morgan

P4: Gaffney & Steffen on the Anthropocene

P6: Art auction


P7: Book review


P8: Jenny Goldie reflects on Doug Cox


P10: Branch reports


P12: President’s snippet

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