Population

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.

media-releases

Poll backs Greens call on skilled jobs

14 Apr 2010

Today's Australian National University poll shows public sympathy forAustralian Greens Leader Bob Brown's call to slow down the rate ofskilled migration, with more training of workers here in Australia tomeet demand from business and industry."Australia should be investing in training its own skilled workers andexporting more to other countries. It is not fair for us to be takingskilled workers from poorer countries. Skilled workers help raisestandards of living and so lower population growth in their owncountries," Senator Brown said."The Greens are calling for an increase in our humanitarian and refugeeintake in line with our global responsibilities. However, in order toslow Australia's rapid population growth rate the Greens believe thecurrent high rate of skilled migration should be reduced." Senator Brownsaid.Media contact: Peter Stahel 0459 133 597

Today's Australian National University poll shows public sympathy for
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown's call to slow down the rate of
skilled migration, with more training of workers here in Australia to
meet demand from business and industry.

"Australia should be investing in training its own skilled workers and
exporting more to other countries. It is not fair for us to be taking
skilled workers from poorer countries. Skilled workers help raise
standards of living and so lower population growth in their own
countries," Senator Brown said.

"The Greens are calling for an increase in our humanitarian and refugee
intake in line with our global responsibilities. However, in order to
slow Australia's rapid population growth rate the Greens believe the
current high rate of skilled migration should be reduced." Senator Brown
said.

Media contact: Peter Stahel 0459 133 597

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Population Minister cannot wait until after election for action

03 Apr 2010

The Prime Minister's appointment of a new Population Minister to investigate population strategy must be matched by action said Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown.
"After so many years of government failure on this issue I welcome the Prime Minister's move to take up Australian Greens' call for a comprehensive national investigation into population strategy," said Senator Brown.
"But the announcement today means any action to address urgent population issues will now be put off until after the federal election, at the earliest.

The Prime Minister's appointment of a new Population Minister to investigate population strategy must be matched by action said Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown.


"After so many years of government failure on this issue I welcome the Prime Minister's move to take up Australian Greens' call for a comprehensive national investigation into population strategy," said Senator Brown.


"But the announcement today means any action to address urgent population issues will now be put off until after the federal election, at the earliest.

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Population policy and Australia's future growth

26 Mar 2010

Senator Bob Brown talks about the Green's vision for our growing population and the lack of policy or vision by both the Labor and Liberal parties.

Senator Bob Brown talks about the Green's vision for our growing population and the lack of policy or vision by both the Labor and Liberal parties.

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Set population at infrastructure, environment capacity through National Inquiry

15 Mar 2010

On Monday the Greens will move a motion calling on the Government to establish an independent National Inquiry into Australia's Population to 2050.
"Australia's population should be determined by the capacity of our environment and our infrastructure," said Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown.

On Monday the Greens will move a motion calling on the Government to establish an independent National Inquiry into Australia's Population to 2050.


"Australia's population should be determined by the capacity of our environment and our infrastructure," said Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown.

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Mr Rudd – When do we stop?

18 Sep 2009

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says Prime Minister Rudd should explain what the end effect of population growth to affect economic prosperity will be.

"No world leader can ignore the planet's population burden. There were 3 billion people when Kevin Rudd was born. There are 6.8 billion now. There will be 9 billion by mid-century. This population boom is not economic wisdom, it is a recipe for planetary exhaustion and great human tragedy."

"We need the wisdom to have economic growth with a steady-state population at most - this is the new common sense," Senator Brown said.

Media contact: Peter Stahel 0433 005 727

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says Prime Minister Rudd should explain what the end effect of population growth to affect economic prosperity will be.

"No world leader can ignore the planet's population burden. There were 3 billion people when Kevin Rudd was born. There are 6.8 billion now. There will be 9 billion by mid-century. This population boom is not economic wisdom, it is a recipe for planetary exhaustion and great human tragedy."

"We need the wisdom to have economic growth with a steady-state population at most - this is the new common sense," Senator Brown said.

Media contact: Peter Stahel 0433 005 727

news-stories

Christine Milne's speech to the Sydney Institute - the Greens, balance of power and climate politics

28 Oct 2008

This is a speech I delivered to the Sydney Institute last night. You can also listen to it here or download a pdf here.

Sydney Institute, October 27th 2008.

Green Politics, the Balance of Power and the Green New Deal.

Good evening. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you this evening about Green Politics, Balance of Power and the twin global meltdowns of climate and finance. There has never been a more critical time to be a Green and there has never been a time when the philosophy and experience of Green politics - based on forty years of environmental, social justice, peace and democracy campaigning - has been more important. The decisions that will be made in the next five years are crucial for the future of life on Earth.

This is a speech I delivered to the Sydney Institute last night. You can also listen to it here or download a pdf here.

Sydney Institute, October 27th 2008.

Green Politics, the Balance of Power and the Green New Deal.

Good evening. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you this evening about Green Politics, Balance of Power and the twin global meltdowns of climate and finance. There has never been a more critical time to be a Green and there has never been a time when the philosophy and experience of Green politics - based on forty years of environmental, social justice, peace and democracy campaigning - has been more important. The decisions that will be made in the next five years are crucial for the future of life on Earth.

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Speech to the Sydney Institute - The Greens, Balance of Power and Australia's climate agenda

26 Oct 2008

Christine Milne addresses the Sydney Institute on the issue of the Greens, Balance of Power, and Australia's climate agenda.

Download podcast from the Sydney Institute's website here.

Christine Milne addresses the Sydney Institute on the issue of the Greens, Balance of Power, and Australia's climate agenda.

Download podcast from the Sydney Institute's website here.

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G20 - For greed or generosity?

14 Nov 2006

The G20 meeting will be more about human greed than generosity, Greens leader Bob Brown told the 'Make Poverty History' at Melbourne Town Hall this morning.  
Senator Brown said that Australian Treasurer Peter Costello's nominations of oil prices, rather than global poverty, as a prime topic for G20 is ominous.
 
"This G20 forum should be about good global governance, generosity and giving rather than greed and gluttony," Senator Brown said, noting that only 2 of the 40 G20 delegates are women.
 
"Our governments invade other countries in the name of democracy, but global democracy is not on their agenda. If the world is to secure its future it should be spending 10% of income on alleviating poverty and 1% or less on armaments, rather than the other way round," Senator Brown said.
 
Further information: Ebony Bennett 0409 164 603
 

The G20 meeting will be more about human greed than generosity, Greens leader Bob Brown told the 'Make Poverty History' at Melbourne Town Hall this morning.  
Senator Brown said that Australian Treasurer Peter Costello's nominations of oil prices, rather than global poverty, as a prime topic for G20 is ominous.
 
"This G20 forum should be about good global governance, generosity and giving rather than greed and gluttony," Senator Brown said, noting that only 2 of the 40 G20 delegates are women.
 
"Our governments invade other countries in the name of democracy, but global democracy is not on their agenda. If the world is to secure its future it should be spending 10% of income on alleviating poverty and 1% or less on armaments, rather than the other way round," Senator Brown said.
 
Further information: Ebony Bennett 0409 164 603
 

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Nobel Peace Prize hailed - federal government urged to do more for microcredit

14 Oct 2006

Greens Leader Bob Brown has hailed Bangladeshi banker Muhammad Yunus' Nobel Peace Prize, saying "The prize is also recognition that peace is undermined by poverty. It is up to us all to work to close the yawning gap between the gluttonous rich and desperately poor people in our global community."
 
Senator Brown called on the Federal Government to recognize Muhammad Yunus' Peace Prize by doubling Australia's meagre contribution to microcredit to$15 million per annum. The global target is to triple to 175 million the number of people receiving microcredit by 2015.
 
In June, the government used its Senate majority to vote down Senator Brown's motion that the Senate:
 
(a) notes that:
  (i)  microcredit is a particularly effective and sustainable means of eradicating poverty,
(ii) microcredit borrowers, particularly women, generate income that allows them to feed, clothe, educate and care for the health of their children,
(iii) to date, 66.6 million people in the world have been reached with microcredit services,
(iv) Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) seeks to eradicate poverty, while its 2015 target is to reduce by half the number of people living on less that $1 per day,
(v) if the new Microcredit Summit goal of having 175 million of the world's poorest families receiving microcredit was reached by 2015, then nearly half the MDG target would be met,
(vi) Australia spent $14.5 million on microcredit in the 2005-06 aid budget which is 0.6 per cent of the aid budget, and
(vii) the United States of America, which has funded microcredit longer than most donor countries has established an international benchmark for microcredit spending, being 1.25 per cent of the aid budget; and

(b) urges the Government to:
(i) agree to support the new Microcredit Summit goal of having 175 million of the world's poorest receiving microcredit by 2015 as a means of achieving the MDGs, and
(ii) increase the proportion of money it allocates to microcredit to 1.25 per cent of the budget.

Family First did not support the motion.
 
Further information: Prue Cameron 0408 473 379

Greens Leader Bob Brown has hailed Bangladeshi banker Muhammad Yunus' Nobel Peace Prize, saying "The prize is also recognition that peace is undermined by poverty. It is up to us all to work to close the yawning gap between the gluttonous rich and desperately poor people in our global community."
 
Senator Brown called on the Federal Government to recognize Muhammad Yunus' Peace Prize by doubling Australia's meagre contribution to microcredit to$15 million per annum. The global target is to triple to 175 million the number of people receiving microcredit by 2015.
 
In June, the government used its Senate majority to vote down Senator Brown's motion that the Senate:
 
(a) notes that:
  (i)  microcredit is a particularly effective and sustainable means of eradicating poverty,
(ii) microcredit borrowers, particularly women, generate income that allows them to feed, clothe, educate and care for the health of their children,
(iii) to date, 66.6 million people in the world have been reached with microcredit services,
(iv) Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) seeks to eradicate poverty, while its 2015 target is to reduce by half the number of people living on less that $1 per day,
(v) if the new Microcredit Summit goal of having 175 million of the world's poorest families receiving microcredit was reached by 2015, then nearly half the MDG target would be met,
(vi) Australia spent $14.5 million on microcredit in the 2005-06 aid budget which is 0.6 per cent of the aid budget, and
(vii) the United States of America, which has funded microcredit longer than most donor countries has established an international benchmark for microcredit spending, being 1.25 per cent of the aid budget; and

(b) urges the Government to:
(i) agree to support the new Microcredit Summit goal of having 175 million of the world's poorest receiving microcredit by 2015 as a means of achieving the MDGs, and
(ii) increase the proportion of money it allocates to microcredit to 1.25 per cent of the budget.

Family First did not support the motion.
 
Further information: Prue Cameron 0408 473 379

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