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MEDIA RELEASES: 14 February 2022

Population growth has increased Australia’s climate emissions

Population growth of 8.3 million people since 1990 has caused a marked increase in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report. The report also warns that continuing population growth in Australia, combined with climate change, will make Australians vulnerable to food, water and energy scarcities in the future. The lead author of the report is the …

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NEWS: 2 February 2022

UN: More than a third of Nobel laureates cite population rise as the biggest threat to humankind.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs  shared this startling news in their Feature Article and video here,  courtesy of the ‘Voice Un Desa’ Newsletter. “More than a third of 50 recently surveyed Nobel laureates cited “population rise / environmental degradation” as the biggest threat to humankind. Second on the list was “nuclear war”, …

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NEWS: 2 February 2022

A new petition to ‘Rethink Big Australia’ before the election

SPA member Simon Cole (currently on the QLD branch committee) has launched a new online petition calling for a reconsideration of Australia’s population policy before the next Federal election.   While this is not an official SPA campaign,  nevertheless,  we recommend heading to the change.org site and adding your signature to the petition. Link to the …

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NEWSLETTERS: 1 February 2022

SPA newsletter 146 – February 2022

In this issue please find: confirmation that the Fenner conference will go ahead in March; opinion articles by Oliver Howes, David Shearman, Jeffrey and Belinda Lewis, and Nandita Bajaj; a farewell to three great conservationists who died recently: EO Wilson, Tom Lovejoy and Richard Leakey; a book review of Paul Collins’ The Depopulation Imperative; notice …

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EVENTS: 31 January 2022

DEGROWTH & STEADY STATE: Why fundamental economic reform is needed

Sustainable Population Australia won’t be making a presence at Sustainable Living Festival this year.  However,  Martin Tye – long term SPA supporter and regional chapter director for CASSE – will be hosting an online event for SLF.  It is open for anyone who registers on 06th of February,  09am AEDT.   You can register for …

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NEWS: 26 January 2022

SPA AGM 2022 Notice

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Saturday 19 March 2022 at 11am. (Morning tea will be served at 10.30am.) Pavilion Room, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University, 15 Blackall St, Barton, ACT 2600. You can also participate in the AGM online on Zoom,  link here All financial members of SPA are welcome to attend. There …

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EVENTS: 25 January 2022

Making Australian Agriculture Sustainable: 2022 Fenner Conference

    This event has now passed.   However,  video recordings from the conference are now available.  These can be watched from the Fenner 2022 website (link here) or the Fenner 2022 YouTube channel (link here). You may also be interested in our retrospective of the conference at our website here. Australian agriculture today is largely unsustainable. …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 22 January 2022

A ‘million-person Canberra’ would quickly run out of water

Peter Cain suggests that Canberra could carry a population of 1 million (Planning for a million-person Canberra, canberratimes.com.au, January 14). We may assume he is unaware of Liebig’s Law of the Minimum, which states that growth is dictated not by total resources available, but by the scarcest resource. What is Canberra’s scarcest resource? I suspect it …

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SUBMISSIONS TO INQUIRIES: 21 January 2022

Submission to Dept of Home Affairs consultation on Australia’s 2022-23 Migration Program

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Australia’s immigration policy is its de facto population policy. In setting Australia’s immigration policy, the Minister for Home Affairs is setting Australia’s population policy. Home Affairs should therefore advise the Minister that population growth has these costs: 1. Harming the environment. 2. Reducing Australians’ quality of life. 3. ...

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: 17 January 2022

The fallacy of endless growth

Julian Cribb’s article “It’s the end of politics as we know it” (canberratimes.com.au, January 14) was for me the highlight of Friday’s The Canberra Times. Of human governance he says “they have managed to bury the facts under a fantasy of never-ending growth”. And when speaking of the possibility of fixing 19th and 20th century politics, …

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