Dear Friend —

I’m delighted to announce that The Hon. Kelvin Thomson, former Federal Member for Wills, is joining the Sustainable Australia Party.

Mr Thomson served as an Australian Labor Party Councillor for the City of Coburg from 1981 to 1988, Member of the Victorian Parliament for Pascoe Vale from 1988 to 1996, and Federal Labor Member for Wills for over 20 years from 1996 until the 2016 Election.

Mr Thomson will be advising Sustainable Australia’s first elected Member of Parliament, Clifford Hayes, who was elected as a Legislative Councillor for the Southern Metropolitan Region at the recent Victorian election.

Kelvin Thomson played a key role in kick-starting the population debate in Australia 10 years ago, with a speech he gave in Parliament in August 2009, and with a media release he put out in September 2009, in response to Treasury figures showing that Australia’s population would be 35 million by 2049, a massive jump from the previous projection of 28 million by 2049, made just a couple of years earlier. He described this as a recipe for environmental disaster and called for population reform.

The Sustainable Australia Party, formed in the wake of that debate, is a party of the political centre, and Kelvin and other mainstream, like-minded Australians are very welcome here.

You can read the media release including Kelvin’s statement here.

NSW election

Next stop is the NSW State election on March 23, then the federal election in May.

The only way we are going to secure an economically and environmentally sustainable Australia is by uniting against the ‘big Australia’ growth lobby under one inclusive, sensible and centrist political party umbrella.

Courage is contagious. It is Kelvin’s courage to advocate for a sustainable population in the Australian Parliament that helped pave the way for our party. As Kelvin states in the linked media release: “What this world needs now is not more people, but more courage.”

No individual, inside or outside of Parliament, can fight this battle alone. If you are aligned with our party values, please follow Kelvin’s lead and get involved!

Kind regards


William Bourke
Federal President