"We need to do whatever it takes to secure a future for our children"
Stop Population Growth Now recognises that:
Australians are not living in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Every environmental indicator is going backwards.
Unless we change direction our children will inherit a depleted, damaged and less supportive world.
Population growth makes every environmental problem harder to solve.
Population growth is also making many problems worse: congestion, water shortages, soaring house prices, extinction of precious animal and bird species, good arable land being used for housing, reduction of fish stocks, pressure on health services etc etc.
The major parties give voters no opportunity to vote on this most important of all issues.
Accordingly the objectives of Stop Population Growth Now are to:
Reduce Australia's rate of population growth to zero as rapidly as possible.
If the resulting stable population is still environmentally unsustainable then to work to reduce the size of the population until we achieve environmental sustainability.
To give Australian voters the opportunity to vote on this most important of all issues.
How Stop Population Growth Now will seek to implement its zero population growth policy:
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
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
|Stop Population Growth Now position|
|Short Term||Long Term|
|All other categories||250,000||90,000||64,000|
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."