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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 7 December 2021

Developer support is disappointing

I am accustomed to the property sector spruiking its own interests, but it is another thing again when an AFR View claims that property interests are nothing less than the national interest (‘‘Property’s part in Australia getting back to normal,’’ December 1). Undoubtedly population growth (high migration) is good for the property business. The urban …

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MEDIA RELEASES: 1 December 2021

Skilled migrant shortage a sham: New Briefing Note

  Claims that skills shortages require massive increases in the skilled migrant intake do not stand up to scrutiny, according to a new Briefing Note prepared by Leith van Onselen, Chief Economist at MacroBusiness. The Note, commissioned by Sustainable Population Australia, comes as employer groups and some government members are angling to ramp up skilled …

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NEWS: 30 November 2021

SPA interviewed on Overpopulation Podcast

The Overpopulation Podcast is the world’s only dedicated podcast focusing on overpopulation run by the USA based ‘Population Balance’ (formerly World Population Balance). For episode #69,  The Overpopulation Podcast interviewed our Communications Manager,  Michael Bayliss. Michael Bayliss from Sustainable Population Australia shares his vision for a post-growth society that is rooted in a background in …

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BRIEFING NOTES: 30 November 2021

Is there a shortage of skilled workers?

Recently there have been calls for a large increase in the skilled migrant intake as borders reopen. This Briefing Note, (PDF) prepared by Leith van Onselen, Chief Economist at Macrobusiness, examines the evidence for claimed skill shortages and looks at the effects of pre-pandemic immigration policies which were intended to address these shortages. Findings of …

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MEDIA RELEASES: 24 November 2021

New poll: Australians decisively reject Big Australia path

The new survey findings of the Resolve Political Monitor provide yet further evidence that Australians do not want to return to the Big Australia path of high population growth, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The survey, as reported in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, found that 58% of Australians believe we should re-start …

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MEDIA RELEASES: 23 November 2021

Do Australians wish to return to high levels of immigration, or not?

A recent opinion poll by The Australian Centre for Population Research (TAPRI) found that 70% of Australians do not wish to return to pre-Covid immigration levels of 240,000 per year or anything like this number. In contrast, an Essential Research (ER) poll suggested that a declining proportion of respondents were concerned about immigration levels being …

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BRIEFING NOTES: 22 November 2021

Different survey methods, different results: What do Australians really think about immigration numbers?

Two recent opinion surveys about Australians’ attitudes to immigration numbers yielded markedly differing results. This Briefing Note analyses the reasons for this. There are important implications for survey design and interpretation of results. Analysis of these two surveys suggest people do not want to return to the pre-pandemic trends of extreme population growth generated by …

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