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15 December 2008

Emulate China & achieve emission targets (DEC)

“Penny Wong, in her last speech to the Poznan Conference identified Australia’s population growth as a serious impediment to achieving the Rudd Government’s own 2050 emission reduction target. Yet every state government, with the full support of Federal Government policy, is chasing population growth and growth in per capita consumption, very substantially increasing, rather than …

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12 December 2008

Too many people in a state in environmental decline (DEC)

Many of Victoria’s unique native plants and animals are already endangered or threatened with extinction. The report notes that ?Victoria’s ecological footprint is three times higher than the global average and that humanity would need four Earths if the whole world ?lived like Victorians. National President of SPA, Dr John Coulter, says the combination of …

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4 December 2008

Record population growth disaster for climate targets (DEC)

“No wonder Climate Change Minister, Penny Wong would not commit Australia to a 2020 target for emissions before the Poznan, Poland meeting next week,” he says. “It is impossible to reconcile cuts in emissions with Australia’s continued population growth. Australia’s very high population growth rate will make it impossible to achieve acceptable greenhouse emission targets. …

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25 September 2008

Rudd repeats Hawke failure (Sept)

Dr Coulter continued, “Professor Garnaut in his recent supplementary report pointed out that an overall 10% reduction in national emissions by 2020 would require a 30% cut in per capita emissions but failed to draw the obvious conclusion that the Rudd Government’s push for ever higher population growth is making the job of reducing our national emissions much …

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15 May 2008

Budget ignores emerging environmental calamity (MAY)

By increasing Australia’s population through higher immigration and bigger baby bonuses, this week’s Budget ignores the emerging crises of climate change and the end of cheap conventional oil, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). The Budget saw Australia’s official immigration rate increase to 190,300 from 177,000, on top of 100,000 temporary workers. The baby bonus …

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22 February 2008

Message to Garnaut: It’s tourism or the Barrier Reef, not both (Feb)

If Professor Ross Garnaut wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent, then air travel and much of tourism has to go, according to Sustainable Population Australia Inc. (SPA). SPA National President, Dr John Coulter, commended Professor Garnaut’s call for cuts of 90 per cent or more but criticised him for saying the …

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21 February 2008

Past the time to give precedence to the environment: garnaut report (FEB)

Past the Time to give Precedence to the Environment: Garnaut Report    ‘One can only hope that the ignorance shown by Anna Bligh, the Premier of Queensland is not shared by our Prime Minister’ remarked Dr Coulter, this afternoon when he saw the Premier’s comments on the Garnaut Report. ‘The Queensland Premier seems not to realise …

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18 February 2008

Millennium goals: the score so far (FEB)

Population, peak oil and climate change will be hot topics in Canberra next month. Scientists and politicians from the UK, Philippines, New Zealand and Australia will speak at the conference “Population, Peak Oil and Climate Change: their impact on the Millennium Development Goals”. The conference will be at Rydges Lakeside Hotel on 14 &15 March. …

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31 January 2008

Keep but modify citizenship test (JAN)

Australia should keep the citizenship test but orient it toward the future rather than the past, according to Sustainable Population Australia inc (SPA). SPA National President, Dr John Coulter, says intending citizens should certainly think of Australia’s past. “But it is even more important that they understand the present and can participate in building a …

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