PHILOSOPHY OF STOP POPULATION GROWTH NOW


"We need to do whatever it takes to secure a future for our children"

Stop Population Growth Now recognises that:

Accordingly the objectives of Stop Population Growth Now are to:

How Stop Population Growth Now will seek to implement its zero population growth policy:

  1. Reduce immigration. Australia's present very high rate of immigration has been foisted on the Australian public without any chance to vote on this issue. - read more

  2. Strongly discourage  families of more than 2 children, whilst continuing to welcome 1 or 2 child families. read more


The following table shows, in indicative terms only, the Stop Population Growth Now position

Annual Population Growth in Australia

Category Position under
present parties
Stop Population Growth Now position
Short Term Long Term
Immigration
Genuine refugees20,00016,00016,000
All other categories 250,00090,00064,000
Births300,000270,000140,000
LESS
Deaths140,000140,000140,000
"Permanent" emigration80,00080,00080,000
    
TOTAL350,000156,000ZERO

Stop Population Growth Now recognises that zero population growth cannot be achieved overnight. However, the numbers shown as "Short term" can be achieved quickly, as they mainly depend on cuts in immigration.

Argument and Counter-argument

We live on a finite planet with finite resources. Australians live in a finite country with finite resources. We cannot go on growing forever so a question for those like Prime Minister Abbott and Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten is, "When should we stop growing?" Why not now when we have modest amounts of resources still remaining for our descendants?

The central argument often advanced by population boosters is that if we do not grow our population, we will not "prosper". The boosters never acknowledge the impossibility of growing our population forever, and never acknowledge therefore that sooner or later, we are going to have to live without population growth. Stop Population Growth Now believes it is going to be much easier to adapt now, while we have approximately 23 million, than if we were to have 35 million or more as has been advocated by some.

Read detailed arguments and counter arguments

"More and more arable land is being eaten up by the insatiable demands of high population growth."