The world’s population reached seven billion people in late 2011 and we are on track to top nine billion people by mid century.
The Greens believe our fragile planet cannot cope with nine billion people and the consumption of natural resources that it would entail.
We believe Australia must contribute to achieving a globally sustainable population. We recognise that our environmental impact is not determined by population numbers alone, but also by the way people live.
In 2011 the Greens successfully moved a Senate motion to debate Australia’s responsibility to take a lead role globally in working out how the finite limits of the planet can possibly accommodate a greater population with each person consuming more and more resources.
13 Dec 2011
Tony Abbott's decision to rule out a conscience vote for Coalition members on marriage equality again demonstrates he's out of touch with what most Australians want, the Australian Greens said today.
06 Dec 2011
Audio from Sarah's door stop in Adelaide on the Liberals and a conscience vote on marriage equality.
01 Nov 2011
The Australian Senate has today agreed, without division, to the Greens’ motion for Australia to take a lead role in devising how we globally accommodate an inevitably greater population within our finite planetary boundaries.
Australian Greens population spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters welcomed the unity of the Senate on her joint motion with Senator Bob Brown on the important issue of sustainable global population.
23 Aug 2011
At this lively IQ2 debate in Sydney, hosted by the St James Ethics Centre, Senator Larissa Waters debated the proposition “If we keep populating we will perish”.
By the end of the night, Senator Waters' team won as the negative team failed to sway the crowd on the night, with the pre-debate undecided mostly joining the 63 percent in favour of the notion.
The speakers were:
19 Jul 2011
This month the world is learning about the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa, where about 12 million people have been hit by the worst drought in almost 60 years. Australia has pledged more than $11 million in aid. It's heart-wrenching to see malnourished children in refugee camps in Kenya with tubes in their noses to feed them because their hungry mothers cannot.
18 Jul 2010
The fact that Australia’s population is now 800,000 above earlier projections is due to big business demanding a huge influx of business and skilled immigrants to match the mining boom in recent years Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
“We will not get a sustainable population if government bends to big business demands like that,” Senator Brown said.
“We should be skilling our own workers to meet demand.
“Now that Julia Gillard has backed down to mining interests there will be billions less in tax revenues to do that.
“The consequence will be yet more demand for further immigration.
“For every boat person, a hundreds of wealthy immigrants have come to Australia.
“Labor has a lot to explain,” Senator Brown.
13 May 2010
The Coalition's Senate vote against an Australian Greens' motion for a national inquiry into population is a somersault on previous statements.
"In March, the Opposition immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison supported the Greens' call for an independent inquiry," said Australian Greens leader Bob Brown.
"Mr Morrison recognised the desire in the Australian community for debate on population.
"Now suddenly the Opposition has back-flipped and voted 'no' to an inquiry."
The Government also opposed the Greens' motion.
Motion calling for a population inquiry:
(1) That the Senate-
(i) global population is expected to grow from 6.8 billion people now to 9.2 billion in 2050,
(ii) Australia's population size and capacity to sustain population growth at the current rate is an issue of national significance that requires a national population policy and strategic plan as a matter of urgency,
(iii) as a wealthy nation, Australia is disproportionately able to influence and slow global population growth, and
(iv) there is growing public debate about the question of population size; and
(b) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Rudd) to establish an independent national inquiry into Australia's population to 2050, which is to report by 1 July 2011.
That, in establishing the inquiry:
(a) the chair and panel of the inquiry be appointed with cross party support to ensure independence;
(b) sufficient funds are allocated to ensure that the inquiry holds public hearings in all capital cities and major regional centres across Australia; and
(c) the terms of reference for the inquiry include:
(i) the impact on Australia of the growing global population and how best Australia may affect it,
(ii) the development of a plan for a population that can be best supported in Australia within and then beyond the next 40 years, taking into account technology options, infrastructure, patterns of resource use and quality of life considerations,
(iii) the environmental, social and economic sustainability of Australia's population in the short-, medium- and long-term,
(iv) the value of a whole-of-government approach to population incorporating consideration of immigration and family policies,
(v) making recommendations of national policy options in relation to population including, taking into account regional and local perspectives, and
(vi) any related matters.
30 Apr 2010
The Australian Greens believe that the Henry Review of Tax and Transfers provides the Government with an unparalleled opportunity to create a simpler and fairer tax and transfer system for all Australians. It should contain reforms that will sustain our way of live, deliver a fair go to all and ensure that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society are looked after.