Population and Economics

Jobs summit: set immigration level in context of how many people this continent can support

In the lead-up to the Jobs and Skills Summit, an environmental advocacy group has called on the Treasurer Jim Chalmers to resist pressures to accelerate Australia’s population growth with a massive increase in immigration. The national president of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), Ms Jenny Goldie, says that lower population growth, and a stabilised population size …

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Jobs summit: Boost salaries for skilled migrants to end rorts

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has called on the Jobs and Skills Summit to resist pressures to accelerate Australia’s population growth with a massive increase in immigration. SPA national president, Ms Jenny Goldie, says pressure by business on the government to lift immigration to 200,000 is more about wage suppression than a genuine solution to skills …

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What Australia does NOT need is an explosion of immigrants: SPA

Media release in response to Dominic Perrottet Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) emphatically rejects the call by new NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet for an explosion of new immigrants – a doubling of pre-Covid annual intakes over five years. The NSW Premier’s call is at odds with several learned economists, including Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe, Professor …

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Report finds infrastructure backlog too big for catch-up

Unless Australia’s population growth is substantially reduced, it is an illusion to believe that infrastructure will ever catch up, according to a report launched today by the Hon Bob Carr. The report called “Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion,” was commissioned by Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The lead author was Leith van …

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Summit needs to address whether we want population growth or not

According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), today’s Population Summit in Sydney needs to go beyond the issue of accommodating population growth and ask the question: do we actually want it? SPA national president, Ms Sandra Kanck, says the Summit boasts an impressive selection of speakers but none on environmental limits to growth. “Sydney is projected …

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World Population Day – Sustainable Population Australia Victoria challenges growth at free public event as Melbourne’s population heads towards 12 million.

July 11th is World Population day, marking the 30th anniversary since the global population hit 5 Billion on 11th of July, 1989.  This week, it will be 7.7 billion, and UN estimates it will reach 11.2 billion by 2100. Australia’s population growth rate is three times higher than other OECD nations, growing by 400,000 in …

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Sustainable Population Australia statement for World Population Day – 11th July 2016

World population Day was established by the UN in 1989 to highlight concerns as the planet’s population went past 5 billion.  It is now at 7.4 billion and rising by about 80 million every year, so the problems are even more intractable (despite the rate of growth declining).  Medium scenarios produced by the UN estimate …

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