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Replacement-size families are in the interests of society as a whole: Stable Population Party

Limiting baby bonus payments to each woman’s first two children would mean that the majority of people with two or fewer children would not be subsidising those who choose to have larger families. It would also conservatively save over $2 billion in direct costs to taxpayers every year, not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars in infrastructure for each new person. William Bourke speaks up about the changes to the Australian baby bonus. The Stable Population Party has been formally registered with the Australian Electoral Commission since 2010 and its website is www.populationparty.org.au

Way back in the Howard Government dark ages, Treasurer Peter Costello got all the population figures wrong, famously claiming that immigration was the only thing keeping Australia's population growing, although at the time it was growing all by itself, as it continues to do. Only Mr Bracks, the then premier of Victoria, got it even more wrong, claiming that deaths outnumbered births in Victoria. (The opposite was true.) Then Kevin Rudd scared us all with his 'vision' of a much bigger Australia. Julia Gillard was elected in part by votes reflecting approval of her indicating that she did not think that a big Australia was such a great thing. In his ignorance, Peter Costello introduced the "Baby Bonus" an anachronistic device more usually associated with Hitler, Petain and CeauCescu. Since then we have continued to see higher and higher immigration and the continuance of the baby bonus. Now there are signs that Federal Labor may be taking its foot off the population growth accelerator.

SPP welcomes Labor's baby bonus reductions

The federally registered Stable Population Party (SPP)welcomes Labor’s reductions in the baby bonus from $5,000 to $3,000 for second and subsequent children, saving the nation $500 million per year, but believes the government should go further.

The community party is campaigning to stabilise Australia's population as soon as practicably possible, aiming for a population of around 23-26 million through to 2050, as well as providing leadership and support to other nations to help stabilise global population via a ‘domino effect’.

Continuous growth not a happy option

William Bourke, Founder and President of SPP explains:

“We live in a finite world and can’t grow forever. The sooner we adjust to a stable population, the easier it will be to manage growing scarcity of finite, non-renewable resources. Quality of life and intergenerational equity through the sustainable use of energy, food and water resources is our priority.”

The Stable Population Party agrees with a reduction in baby bonus payments, but proposes that governments should take this budget and finite resource-saving measure further. They advocate a broader strategy to encourage ‘replacement-size’ families. They urge government to limit both the baby bonus and paid parental leave to each woman's first two children. In addition, this law would apply only to births occurring more than nine months after it was passed.

“This policy would send out a much needed message that ‘replacement-size’ families are in the best interests of society as a whole in Australia, where continuing population growth is contributing to increasing housing shortages and planning pressures, traffic and transport congestion, energy and water security issues and unwanted carbon emissions. "

SPP say it is important that people understand that they, as a community party, do support families and freedom of choice on family size. They do not support, however, governments providing financial incentives to have large families.

They remind us that a stable population will ease cost of living pressures on families, including housing, water prices, energy prices and road tolls that are all driven up by population growth.

Save 2 billion a year and tons of infrastructure

“Limiting these payments to each woman’s first two children would also mean that the majority of people with two or fewer children would not be subsidising those who choose to have larger families. Finally, it would conservatively save over $2 billion in direct costs to taxpayers every year, not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars in infrastructure for each new person."

“If we’re serious about sustainable living and fiscal responsibility, a sustainable Australia starts with a stable population,” said Mr. Bourke.

ENDS
Contact: William Bourke, President | E: hq@populationparty.org.au | P: 02 9906 6720 / 0448 620 525
Stable Population Party policies represent our core values in action, being: Sustainable Living, Egalitarian Democracy, Fiscal Responsibility, Global Citizenship and Productive Innovation.

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Keep key environmental protection powers with the commonwealth - FOE

Not only does our swelling population threaten environmental status and further extinctions of flora and fauna, the Commonwealth wants to ease "green tape" protecting our land. It's a loosening of environmental policies to create more ease for developers.

Protecting our wild places and native animals is not 'green tape', an simple obstacle to industries to streamline their development applications. It's there for environmental protection. Please take a strong stand against the proposals in the COAG (Council of Australian Governments) agenda to wind back the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and fast-track the transfer of federal approval powers to state governments.

It's about fast-tracking destruction!
Our iconic wildlife and environment are under greater pressure and threat than ever before. We need to strengthen rather than weaken environmental protection laws. However, our government has opted for "big Australia", not a sustainable one!

The environment is seen as a resource, to plunder for economic benefits. Economic growth requires loosening and easing the restrictions to access environmental resources and land.

In the past, the Federal Government has stepped in to prevent state governments from carrying out environmentally damaging projects, and to ensure the protection of our unique landscapes and wildlife.

The Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) process makes the EPBC Act exempt. The RFA has led to long term controversy and conflict in every forest region, and the continued loss of native wildlife and forests around the country. More exemptions will dis-empower further any environmental policies.

Australia's environment is unique, precious and world class. The environment is not a sub-set of the economy, something that can be manipulated for economic activities. For our wildlife and threatened wild places, please prevent the weakening of our environment laws at COAG, and ensure the Commonwealth's essential role in preserving the natural environment is maintained.

PETITION

Ironically, Friends of the Earth deny that population growth is the main cause of environmental pollution and destruction. "The richest 20% of people consume 86% of the Earth's resources and have the lowest birth rates". So, they deny the IPAT equation, that the TOTAL impact on the planet is the product of population size, consumption and the technology we use. It's only per unequal per-capita consumption!! It's certainly not other species rampantly growing and plundering the Earth!

Government MP Kelvin Thomson was interviewed on the ABC AM show yesterday. Mr. Thomson advocates getting rid of the baby bonus altogether saying it was a vote buying mistake of the previous government and the money saved could be much better spent. This is totally sensible in my view.
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3617241.htm
Nicholson's cartoon is hilarious!

I agree. All very well for the Stable Pop party to say, okay, don't encourage beyond two people, but government could lessen the load for responsible parents by slowing down population growth so that rent would not cost so much and they would not both have to work.

Mark O'Connor writes about Nick Parr's article on The Conversation:

In "Time to put baby bonus myths to bed," (The Conversation 26 October 2012), demographer Nick Parr writes:

"With higher fertility, the age structure would eventually become more economically advantageous than it would be with lower fertility — but only after about 50 years. In the shorter term, higher fertility creates an economically more challenging age structure."

Like many demographers he's looking at the proportions of those too young to work and too old to work.

He forgets the other big issue, however, that rapid population growth impoverishes. It impoverishes not just the parents of large families (obviously) but also the whole community who must, mainly through taxes, provide at least $200,000 worth of public infrastructure per extra person. On this see:

O'Sullivan J (2012) The burden of durable asset acquisition in growing populations. Economic Affairs, February 2012, pp 31-37. a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0270.2011.02125.x/pdf

and MP Kelvin Thomson's 19 March 2012 Speech:
http://www.kelvinthomson.com.au/Editor/assets/speeches_2012/120319%20grievance%20debate%20population%20growth.pdf

Both point out that the rate of pop growth is what produces the greatest economic costs, NOT the changes in the proportions of young and old.

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