Sustainable Population Australia
Australia has one of the highest population growth rates in the developed world

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Dr Paul Collins, SPA Patron, discusses the importance of population sustainability as a moral issue.

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Meet Our Patrons - Dr Paul Collins


Comedian Rod Quantock chats with fellow comedian Jude Perl on her decision not to have children.  A live music performance follows.



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Tough Crowd Episode 1 - Jude Perl

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Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) expresses deep concern that Australia is growing by nearly 400,000 people a year, describing it as ‘unsustainable’.

Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released its figures for the year ending 30 September 2018, with Australia showing a growth rate of 395,100 or 1.6 per cent. Of this growth, 61 per cent was from net overseas migration (240,100) and 39 per cent from natural increase (155,000).

March 23 2019

Population, sustainability and quality of life: what future do we want for Australia?

Sustainable Population Australia invites you to a free Public Forum: Population, sustainability and quality of life: what future do we want for Australia?

When: Saturday 27 April 2019 2 – 5 pm
Where: The EcoCentre, Griffith University Nathan Campus, building N68.

Confirmed speakers:

    Professor Hugh Possingham, University of Queensland ecologist and Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
    Kelvin Thomson, former Federal Labor MP for the seat of Wills, current President of SPA’s VicTas Branch.
    Crispin Hull, journalist and columnist for the Canberra Times.

This follows Sustainable Population Australia’s AGM, at the same venue starting 10:30 for 11 am. Members are encouraged to attend and stay for the forum.

Lunch will be $15 per person, but must be pre-booked.

Following the event, we will adjourn to dinner, at a venue to be advised. Email to book lunch and/or dinner and notify us of any dietary requirements.

Members travelling to Brisbane can also request to be billeted with local members, subject to availability. Make your travel plans as soon as possible as this weekend coincides with the end of school holidays and plane seats may be scarce.

March 3 2019

Did you know?

Australia’s population

Our nation adds one person every 1 minute and 22 seconds, needing equivalent of a new city the size of Canberra each year.

Ecological limits

Humanity is now using the biocapacity of 1½ planets each year. By 2025 two-thirds of the world’s people may be under water stress.

Family planning and women’s empowerment

Over 40% of pregnancies are unintended. Early marriage, low education and no contraception trap women and families in a poverty cycle.

Global population

Over 80 million people are added each year – equivalent to an extra Egypt. Since 2000 the growth has rebounded due to neglect of family planning.

SPA supports Global Population Speak Out

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