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21 December 2014

Drop in growth rate welcome – SPA

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes the drop in the population growth rate as reported by the Australian Bureaus of Statistics (ABS) on Friday. The growth rate in the year to 30 June 2014 was 1.6 per cent, or an increase of 364,900 over the previous year. The growth rate has declined slowly from over 2% …

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10 October 2014

Give all adolescent girls sex education and information about contraception

Media release for International Day of the Girl Child (October 11) Adolescent girls everywhere should have age appropriate sex education and ready access to contraception should they need it. October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child and the 2014 theme is “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence”. According to Sustainable …

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27 September 2014

MR: universal access to contraception critical for stabilising population

If we are to avoid having 12 billion people on the planet by the end of the century, we must make contraception readily available to all couples. On 18 September 2014, an important paper was published in the journal Science from the United Nations’ Population Division, saying that world population is unlikely to stabilise this …

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8 August 2014

MR: time for complete review of immigration

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) today called on the Federal Government to undertake a complete review of immigration into Australia in light of claims of widespread rorting of the system. This week, Dr Bob Birrell and Dr Ernest Healy from the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University issued a report called Immigration and …

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11 July 2014

MR: global urbanisation good for some but bad for nature

A UN Report[i] to be issued tomorrow (July 10), the day before World Population Day, will note that by 2050 about two-thirds of all humans will live in urban areas. Most of the anticipated urban growth by 2050 will occur in Asia and Africa. Already, more than half the global population lives in cities. As …

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20 June 2014

MR: slight drop in population growth rate welcome but still too high

The drop in Australia’s population growth rate from 1.8 to 1.7 per cent is a welcome trend though still much too high, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). In the figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in the year ending 31 December 2013, the annual growth is Australia’s population fell below …

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6 June 2014

MR: climate change not the only challenge for small island states

High population densities are as much a challenge for small island states as is climate change, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). World Environment Day is June 5, and this year aims to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on small islands states around the world. National president of SPA, Ms Jenny Goldie, …

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21 May 2014

MR: end population growth to preserve island biodiversity

If island biodiversity is to be preserved, ending human population growth is critical and our foreign aid must help achieve it, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). May 22 is the International Day of Biological Diversity and in 2014 the focus is on island biodiversity, particularly Small Island Developing States (SIDS). SPA National President, Ms …

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1 May 2014

MR: greening cities not enough to ensure sustainable communities

Greening cities, the theme of this year’s Earth Day, is a noble objective but not enough to ensure sustainable communities, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). Only by stabilising population numbers in cities can sustainability hope to be achieved, says SPA’s national president, Ms Jenny Goldie. “The anticipated population growth in cities over the next …

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1 May 2014

MR: high immigration too large a cost to offset ageing

A significant study released today by Dr Katharine Betts and published on the Monash University Centre for Population and Urban Research website shows that, while high immigration can reduce the median age of the population by a few years, it comes at great cost. The cost is significant population growth that lowers national productivity by …

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