Sustainable Australia is an independent community party from the sensible centre, with a positive plan to secure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia.
We are a group of committed Australians from backgrounds in business, science, the environment, health, academia, demography, politics and many other ordinary citizens; from World War 2 Diggers to migrants born on every inhabited continent on Earth.
To meet our aims, we have developed a comprehensive policy platform, including four major policy priorities - secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning and a sustainable environment - for all Australians.
We believe that any serious plan for a sustainable Australia must include a meaningful sustainable population policy.
The party (formerly Sustainable Population Party) contested its first election in 2013 and achieved its first elected MP in Victoria in 2018.
What is a sustainable population?
Sustainability is the potential for long-term (intergenerational) maintenance of wellbeing. Holistic sustainability involves consumption (behaviours), technology and population numbers. This holistic approach ensures that improvements in behaviours and technology are not undermined by population growth, or vice-versa.
See 'Closing the sustainability loop' by party founder William Bourke: CLICK HERE
In terms of numbers, current rapid population growth policies of successive Liberal/National and Labor/Greens federal governments have Australia on track to grow from 19 million people in 2000 to over 40 million by 2050...
It doesn't stop there... It then grows to 80-100 million by 2100!
Here is an excellent short video from Canadians for a Sustainable Society, whose society faces the same extreme population growth challenges we do:
Sustainable Australia advocates for Australia to reduce population pressures and introduce a target of around 26-30 million by 2050. We also have a broad range of policies to concurrently address technology and consumption.
Sustainable Australia is organised on a national basis and registered (as an incorporated association) with the NSW Department of Fair Trading and ASIC. Our constitution is based on the Department's model constitution.
Each member joins at a national level and is also entitled to membership at a local branch level (if a local branch exists).
Constitution (effective 12 Dec 2020): CLICK HERE
Policy: CLICK HERE