Like what you've read?

On Line Opinion is the only Australian site where you get all sides of the story. We don't
charge, but we need your support. Here�s how you can help.

  • Advertise

    We have a monthly audience of 70,000 and advertising packages from $200 a month.

  • Volunteer

    We always need commissioning editors and sub-editors.

  • Contribute

    Got something to say? Submit an essay.

 The National Forum   Donate   Your Account   On Line Opinion   Forum   Blogs   Polling   About   
On Line Opinion logo ON LINE OPINION - Australia's e-journal of social and political debate


On Line Opinion is a not-for-profit publication and relies on the generosity of its sponsors, editors and contributors. If you would like to help, contact us.


RSS 2.0

Population groups attack people to save world

By Malcolm King - posted Wednesday, 16 October 2013

It's a strange world when people are willing to pay to see 12 men undergo vasectomies at the RiAus in Adelaide on World Vasectomy Day (October 18). I blame it on the October sports drought.

According to the Adelaide Festival of Ideas promotion, the men will put their "balls on the line for Mother Earth."This stunt is the global population control movement at work. It aims to reduce births and therefore carbon emissions. Remember, according to the anti-populationists, every baby you have is killing the planet.

As the Stop Population Growth Now (SPGN) party is running in the South Australian election in March, I call on the male executive to offer up their 'manhood' for Gaia and show the electorate that they are serious about contraception.


Last year 25,000 men had a vasectomy in Australia. Most men have vasectomies after they have fathered children. So if a man's motivation to have 'the snip' is to take responsibility for his own contraception, that's great. Yet to believe as the Sustainable Population Australia(SPA)and SPGN do, that having babies equates to boosting carbon emissions, then God help us all.

Those who push population control in Australia, fail to understand the dynamics of population growth. They look solely at births and immigration (inputs) and not at deaths and emigration (exits). Lets look at a few figures.

In 2011, Australia's Total Fertility Rate (TRF) was 1.88 babies per woman. Replacement is 2.1. In South Australia the TFR is lower at 1.84. SA's population problems are compounded by the fact that more than 3000 people leave the state every year and one out of three migrants leave within five years.

In SA, most 'local borns' who leave are in their 20s and early 30s – the prime 'breeding' years. The Croweaters are drawing close to Tasmania's stable population. In part, these economies are winding down because of population stagnation but the real culprits are undiversified economies and the forces of globalization. The same forces are at work in the eastern states of America.

According to the Department of Immigration, last year 87,493 people left Australia permanently. But that's nothing. Over the next 30 years, the entire Boomer generation of six million people will join Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Globally, the death of the entire post war generation will take out about 500 million people in the west and in parts of Asia.

The SPA and the SPGN are anti-immigration lobbyists. That's why their sister political faction, the Stable Population Party (SPP) preferenced Pauline Hanson above the Greens at the last Federal election. No government in the world will enforce a whacko social engineering program based on a 'one in one out' immigration system or mandatory fertility control, because of the fear that immigrants will eat our food or consume energy.


Much of their thinking comes from UK Population Matters ('babies are carbon bombs') and NumbersUSA in America. The right wing of the Republican Party slammed NumbersUSA for using racist dog whistles, which cost them the Chicano vote at the last election. That's why I call these groups 'Pauline Hanson in a koala suit'. They talk green but underneath, it's Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech all the way down.

The anti-populationists have latched on to the term a 'Big Australia' and are wringing its neck for all the media value they can. Compared with other nations of in the developed world, and the available cultivated landmass we inhabit, Australia has a small population. We have two medium sized cities and a Federal system, which has failed to take responsibility for urban design.

Anyone who wants a hearty belly laugh should read the SPP's work on infrastructure spending in Australia. They believe all infrastructure spending is solely derived from individual PAYE contributions rather than bonds, government investments, PPP's, international investment and superannuation funds. And they wonder why the media don't take them seriously.

  1. Pages:
  2. Page 1
  3. 2
  4. All

This is an edited version of a story that appeared in the Canberra Times.

Discuss in our Forums

See what other readers are saying about this article!

Click here to read & post comments.

74 posts so far.

Share this:
reddit this reddit thisbookmark with Del.icio.usdigg thisseed newsvineSeed NewsvineStumbleUpon StumbleUponsubmit to propellerkwoff it

About the Author

Malcolm King is a journalist and professional writer. He was an associate director at DEEWR Labour Market Strategy in Canberra and the senior communications strategist at Carnegie Mellon University in Adelaide. He runs a writing business called Republic.

Other articles by this Author

All articles by Malcolm King

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Article Tools
Comment 74 comments
Print Printable version
Subscribe Subscribe
Email Email a friend

About Us Search Discuss Feedback Legals Privacy