With one of the highest per capita resource consumptions in a rapidly depleting world Stop Population Growth Now believes it immoral for Australia to deliberately seek to increase its population and consequently global population.
Stop Population Growth Now is not anti-child or anti-family. We unequivocally support the one or two child family.
It is those who choose to have large families that jeopardise the future for children everywhere. We live on a finite planet.
We do not favour any coercive strategies for family planning such as the Chinese one-child policy but we do not believe that couples should be encouraged or rewarded to have families of more than 2 children through baby bonuses or other benefits.
Before the introduction of the baby bonus Australia's fertility rate was slightly below replacement and if maintained would have led to Australia achieving a stable population by the mid 2030s.
It is often claimed that Australia needs to import skilled labour. This is another way of saying that our young are insufficiently educated or trained. There is relatively higher unemployment among our young.
Accordingly, we think it far better to spend money, otherwise spent on baby bonus, family tax benefit, and parental leave for the third and subsequent children, on better children's education, training and health care.
It is recognised that the major parties have already announced the withdrawal of the baby bonus. SPGN does not wish to see it re introduced.
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