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MEDIA RELEASES: 8 February 2021

Australian premiere of acclaimed childfree documentary to be screened late February

  Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) are partnering with filmmaker Maxine Trump on the Australian premiere of her award winning film To Kid or Not to Kid in Melbourne and Perth on the 26 and 27 February.   Hailed by critics as a ‘thoughtful and insightful film’ (The Scotsman) and ‘Candid and empathetic’ (the New York Times), …

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NEWSLETTERS: 6 February 2021

SPA Newsletter 142 – February 2021

Highlights: Lead article: Commanding hope in the face of a ‘ghastly future’ The Budget confirms Morrison wants to reboot mass migration by Stephen Saunder My choice to go child-free for the sake of all life by Sally Tan A tribute to Dr Jane O’Sullivan, who stepped down as Queensland branch president after 10 years but …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 6 January 2021

This is unsustainable

The loss of thousands of trees due to massive infrastructure projects as reported in Monday’s Age is yet another reason our high levels of population growth and consumption are unsustainable. Tree planting projects in other places do not compensate for the habitat loss of mature trees. Our cumulative footprint erases those of many other species, unbalancing ecosystems, which …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 5 January 2021

Learn by rote

Bob McDonald (Letters, January 4) doesn’t like repetition and criticises Mr Mackenzie for so doing on climate change. Yes, repetition does wear one down, but might Bob’s real motive be disbelief in anthropogenic climate change, in common with those governing Australia? And if so, when ScoMo et al continue repeatedly to evade balanced debate on …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 2 January 2021

There’s a growing need for a federal population minister

John Quiggin is one of Australia’s finest economists whom I have admired for a long time. His article (“Can’t we just keep families together?”, December 31, p26), however, exposed that divide between economist and ecologists that he has sometimes bridged, but not on this occasion. Quiggin looks at immigration with his economist blinkers on but …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 28 December 2020

Big Australia: how much does size matter?

Tom Dusevic’s article “Does the pandemic mean the end of Big Australia?” (26-27/12) is a fine exploration of Big Australia. It draws on the extensive knowledge and wisdom of Bob Birrell and Katharine Betts, but Dusevic offers his own insightful commentary as well. Gary Banks’s comments on the limited economic advantages of high immigration were …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 26 December 2020

A bigger Australia won’t solve ageing bulge (2)

Having fewer babies would be the best gift Australians could give their children. Demographers Peter McDonald and Liz Allen are wrong to say that low fertility shrinks the workforce (“Fertility policy ‘to drive Big Australia’, 23/12). Countries with low fertility don’t have fewer workers, they merely have fewer people unemployed. Countries with rapidly growing working …

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