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Universal access to contraception must be a top priority

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has given its full support to the UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) World Contraception Day (26 September) and calls on all governments to provide affordable modern contraception to everyone who needs it. According to UNFPA, where contraception is readily available, ‘maternal death and disability, newborn/child mortality and morbidity, unintended pregnancies … and …

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Latest ABS figures reveal we are heading back to Big Australia

The figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Wednesday reveal the country is heading back to ‘Big Australia’, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). SPA National President Ms Jenny Goldie says that, while some post-Covid ‘bounce back’ in net overseas migration was understandable, the large increase in arrivals (up 183 per cent …

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Insiders program needs to look beyond short-term economics and engage with broader issue

The Chair of the national 1996 State of the Environment report has warned of adding huge numbers of people to the population when the present population is already degrading our systems irreversibly. Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe says the panel on last Sunday’s Insider program had a long discussion on bringing hundreds of thousands more people to Australia to produce …

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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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Population growth has ‘very high impact’ on biodiversity: SoE report

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has welcomed the acknowledgement in the State of Environment 2021 Report released today that human population growth contributes to pressures on the environment and, in particular, that it has ‘very high impact’ on biodiversity.   SPA National President Ms Jenny Goldie says the report makes strong statements about population and biodiversity, …

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On this World Population Day, we must reassert women’s right to choose

As the 2022 World Population Day approaches (July 11), Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) calls on the Australian government to reassert a woman’s right to choose and to reject the US Supreme Court’s decision in reversing Roe v. Wade.   On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court officially reversed Roe v. Wade, declaring that the constitutional right …

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Support union call for income threshold for all skilled migrants: SPA

In the lead-up to Labor’s Employment Summit, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has supported the call by unions for an income threshold for skilled migrants to be well above average earnings. While unions have suggested $90,000 as a pay floor, and the Grattan Institute $70,000, SPA recommends the government should seek to apply one that is …

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