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MEDIA RELEASES: 6 December 2020

Lower population growth projections for Australia welcomed

Findings from the federal government’s first Population Statement, which projects reduced population growth through to 2031, have been welcomed by the president of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The Statement is projecting average population growth of 1.1 percent over the coming decade, compared to the 1.6 percent (more than 400,000 per year) in the past decade.  …

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NEWSLETTERS: 29 November 2020

SPA newsletter 141 – November 2020

Highlights: SPA launches report on ageing Bob Brown is right – it’s time environmentalists talked about the population problem (Colin Butler) The urgent need for family planning (Hamish Burns) Letter to SPA (Julian Cribb) New research report from TAPRI There were getting to be too many of us (Judith Sloan) Black lives matter (Kelvin Thomson) …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 27 November 2020

Theft of skills is not a good migration policy

Labor Party spokeswoman Clare O’Neil wants the best engineers and IT experts and the smartest data analysts to settle in Australia on a permanent basis (‘‘Migration should focus on skilled professionals: Labor’’, 25/11). These people were trained at considerable cost by their own countries. Bluntly speaking, to snatch them from their countries is simply theft …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 5 November 2020

More than the economy

Re ‘‘Melbourne exodus a huge hit to economy’’ (The Age, 3/11). But a larger economy does not make a more desirable city. Are we aiming to be like Beijing or Los Angeles? Ask Melburnians (not the property industry) what factors would indicate a better city. Ask those who are trying to buy a home, are delayed …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 2 November 2020

Population debate, difficult but necessary

Bring on a “civilised discussion about population” but Elizabeth Farrelly’s contribution to it underwhelms (“Eight billion humans can’t all be wrong, but we do need a civilised discussion about population”, October 31-November 1). Farrelly recognises the inevitably awful outcomes of overpopulation – “famine, disease, war” – but sets up a straw man when she insists …

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DISCUSSION PAPERS: 27 October 2020

Silver tsunami or silver lining? Why we should not fear an ageing population

Sustainable Population Australia – Discussion Paper Lead author: Jane O’Sullivan Date: November 2020 Full version of Discussion Paper (PDF) With people living longer than ever and the baby-boomer generation reaching retirement age, some people worry that we will run short of workers and taxpayers. Media reports and political discourse about our ageing population often adopt …

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MEDIA RELEASES: 26 October 2020

Media release: New report finds nothing to fear from an ageing population

EMBARGOED until Wednesday 28 October 2020 A discussion paper released this week finds that an ageing population is ‘more of a silver lining than a silver tsunami’. In a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease, the paper concludes that federal government policy of rapid population growth to off-set ageing brings far …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 21 October 2020

Some good news

What a wonderful thing, our population growth has slowed. This is a very small reprieve from the ongoing devastation we cause to the natural environment through consumption, resource depletion, pollution and conversion of productive land to suburbs. COVID-19 recovery funding could be used to pivot to a “no population growth” economy. Economic growth without population …

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MEDIA RELEASES: 18 October 2020

Bob Brown’s comments on population welcomed

(Media release, 18/10/2020)   Bob Brown’s call for Australia to lead a mature discussion about the need to reduce global population growth has been welcomed by the president of environmental advocacy group Sustainable Population Australia. Dr Brown’s comments were reported in The Weekend Australian of 17-18 October (“Greens must push cut to population: Brown”).   …

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NEWS: 16 October 2020

SPA responds to Federal 2020 budget in podcast interview with Leith van Onselen

SPA’s Communication Manager Michael Bayliss responds to the federal 2020 budget in the latest episode of Post Growth Australia Podcast  (PGAP).  A link to the PGAP series – which have been made possible by our generous SPA members and donations from the broader community – can be found on our home page or by clicking …

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