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Media release: World Contraception Day (September 26, 2015)

With tomorrow being World Contraception Day, environment group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) is calling on the Australian Government to boost its foreign-aid funding with a specific increase for contraception and family planning.
SPA president Sandra Kanck says the flood of refugees and immigrants pouring into Europe is a portent for the future.
‘While the civil war in Syria and the Western invasion of Iraq are immediate causes for many of these unfortunate people being on the run, the underlying and more significant cause is overpopulation,’ Ms Kanck said.

Submission re the Clean Energy Legislation 2013

The content of this submission is included in the PDF version attached. The conclusions are thus:
The Government’s claimed concern about power bills is insincere and dishonest.
To demonstrate sincere concern about Australian household cost of living, the Government should conduct an inquiry into the impact of population policy choices on the Australian economy.

Submission to Inquiry into Affordable Housing by Sustainable Population Australia

Sustainable Population Australia Inc (SPA) is a national environmental organisation that was established in 1988 in Canberra and now has six branches nationally. While primarily concerned about population from an environmental point of view, SPA is also concerned about the economic and social implications of population growth, which inevitably includes housing and its affordability.
This submission is confined to the relationship between housing (un)affordability and population growth.

Submission in response to the “Guide to the proposed Basin Plan”

17th December 2010
The Chairperson
Murray-Darling Basin Authority
Submission in response to the “Guide to the proposed Basin Plan”
Dear Chair,
Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) is a nationally-based environment group, and is the only environment group in Australia which campaigns on the need for an ecologically sustainable population.

Submission in Response to the Issues Paper to Inform Development of a National Food Plan

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), was formed 23 years ago, and was originally known as Australians for an Ecologically Sustainable Population. We are the only environment group in Australia with a specific population focus.
Among our aims and objectives, the following are relevant to the issues paper and motivate our response:
  • To contribute to public awareness of the limits of Australian population growth from ecological, social and economic viewpoints,

Energy policy submission

In the second decade of the 21st century energy policy needs to be set in the widest and most comprehensive context, something the Issues Paper fails to do. The Issues Paper is set within a ‘Business as Usual’ (BAU) context assuming that the continuous growth conditions of the past six decades can and should be extended into the indefinite future. It can be shown that this is neither possible nor desirable.


SPA Newsletter 121 - Sep 2015



Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes the Productivity Commission’s (the “Commission”) inquiry regarding the Migrant Intake into Australia and its related call for submissions from interested parties.[1]
In preparing its submission, SPA has considered the Terms of Reference for the inquiry and the related Issues Paper developed by the Commission. In particular, SPA notes that section 1(b) of the Terms of Reference relates to the following considerations:
1. The benefits and costs that the intake of permanent entrants can generate with respect to:
b. The income, wealth and living standards of Australian citizens, including with respect to:
i. impacts on the salaries and employment of Australian citizens, knowledge and skill transfer, productivity, foreign investment, and linkages
to global value chains
ii. cultural, social and demographic impacts
iii. agglomeration, environmental, amenity and congestion effects.
SPA’s submission responds to this aspect of the Terms of Reference and provides recommended policy considerations for Australia’s migrant intake consistent with the following SPA objectives:
· To promote policies that will lead to the stabilisation, and then to reduction, of Australia's population by encouraging low fertility and low migration.
· To promote urban and rural lifestyles and practices that are in harmony with the realities of the Australian environment, its resource base and its biodiversity.
· To advocate low immigration rates while rejecting any selection based on ethnicity.
These objectives are expressed through the enclosed responses to three associated issues identified in the Issues Paper for ease of reference. Relevant research and information is cited for consideration by the Commission.
SPA acknowledges and welcomes the positive contribution of immigrants to Australia’s diverse and rich multicultural environment. Accordingly, SPA’s recommendations for reductions in the permanent migrant intake are in no way based on establishing limitations to specific ethnic groups. It is emphasised that SPA’s recommendations are applied against the consideration of the scale permanent immigration, with respect to its impact on the size and growth rate of Australia’s population.

Media Release: UN population projections a call to action

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) is calling on the Australian government to wake up from its slumber following the release of the latest UN population projections on July 29.


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