Adam Piggott

Gentleman adventurer

The great Australian immigration betrayal.

Chatting to people here in Holland, their perception of Australia is that we are very hard on immigration. This false reality stems from them getting their news from the general mainstream media. Much like back in Australia we think that Europe has been completely overrun with immigrants because that is what we see on the news.

I have to explain to them that while we stopped the boats, and made a very big deal out of doing so, that was only a sideshow compared to what has been going on as regards to legal immigration into the country for the past 15 odd years. John Howard changed the immigration rules in the early 2000s, with the resulting change being that the average yearly migration rate since that period has been 210,000 people per year whereas previously the average was 70,000.

This change occurred in Australia with no effort to involve the Australian population in the decision or even let them have a say. Discussion was forbidden under the guise of political correctness. Any attempt to have the discussion was instantly dismissed as racist rantings on the part of the interloper stupid enough to inquire as to why we were bringing in hordes of second and third world peasants.

Every political party since Howard has been in cahoots with this new attitude. And up until now the mainstream media has been entirely complicit in the immigration agenda as well. But journalists tend to live in the inner areas of cities like Melbourne and Sydney, and it seems like reality is finally catching up with their misplaced ideology. That is the only explanation that I can come up with for a piece on of all places titled, John Howard’s bait-and-switch: Is it time for a debate on the mass immigration ‘Ponzi scheme’?:

Our cities are bursting at the seams, roads and services are congested, and house prices are skyrocketing — particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, which attract the lion’s share of new Australians.

Over the last 12 years, Sydney has added 20 per cent to its population, or 800,000 people. Melbourne has added one million people over the same period, or 27 per cent.

According to state government projections, Sydney will add another 1.7 million people over the next 20 years, which works out to 87,000 people a year, or 1650 people per week. Melbourne is forecast to add 97,000 people per year, or around 1870 people per week, for the next 35 years.

“It’s clearly unsustainable,” said Leith van Onselen, chief economist with MacroBusiness. “The problem isn’t that immigration is good or bad, it’s just that the level is far too high for Australia to digest.”

According to Mr van Onselen, dubbed the “Unconventional Economist”, Howard “effectively ran a bait-and-switch policy”.

“He scapegoated the very tiny number of people coming by boat, and at the same time opened the floodgates on people coming by plane,” he said.

 “Howard never articulated why he was doing that, he just did it, and unfortunately the following governments, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and now Turnbull, just followed.”

This is the sort of questioning line that we are used to seeing in publications like The Spectator or Quadrant, not Living standards have declined dramatically in Australia over the past 20 years under this relentless search for more people to move there, and all fueled by the desire for certain favored elements of the economy to benefit from the massive population influx.

A 30% rise in Melbourne’s population over that time period is beyond belief. The city was unlivable when I was there, which is more hilarious when you consider the fact that Melbourne routinely tops the annual “most livable cities in the world” garbage poll. It’s not just a result of poor planning that the city’s infrastructure is completely compromised. No city in the world that is already established would be able to cope with that sort of permanent influx over that space of time.

I will state it for the record that Melbourne and Sydney are not Australia. They are some sort of hybrid futuristic nightmare landscapes, completely detached from the Australian culture that exists outside their boundaries. But these multicultural megalopolises suck in the wealth of the nation as governments frantically attempt to patch over the ever widening cracks that these gigantic disasters are beginning to fall through.

Now the property bubble is starting to affect regional towns as well, as native Australians begin fleeing from Sydney and Melbourne. And all the while the city of Canberra, capital of the nation and home to the public service, sits serene and content in its exclusivity and wealth that is built on the back of the engorged salaries that bureaucrats now enjoy as opposed to those suffering in the private sector.

The great horror for Australian politicians of the last 10 years has been a potential downturn in China and the complete end of the mining boom in the West. To that end they have actively engineered a false messiah, equating the wealth of the nation to a continually rising population. But as native Australians are forced to watch their adult children trading in suburban backyards for tiny apartments in Chinese designed high rise apartment towers, slowly the penny is dropping for sections of the media as well.

The question is not whether the conversation will begin but if it is already far too late to have it.



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  1. Adam

    Maybe Peter Costello’s plea for families to have three children – one for mum, one for dad and one for the country – was a kind of anti-immigration stance in retrospect.

    How can more & more low-skilled immigrants with no money come here and flood our expensive cities and hope to survive? Government handouts can’t possibly keep up with our rising cost of living. Shutting down power stations is increasing energy bills and forcing the price of everything upwards rapidly.

    Like osmosis, one day our cities will be as crap as their cities and they will stop coming.

    • Chris

      As long as Melbourne is more attractive than Mogadishu, there will always be people who want to move here. Since Melbourne has the botanical gardens and bike paths along the Yarra and a functional garbage collection system, and Mogadishu doesn’t, then Melbourne will always be better than Mogadishu, even in a future where 20 million people are packed into high-rise apartments eating 2-minute noodles.There will always be people who want to come here, as long as we maintain any remnant of our European colonial heritage. Seoul and Mexico City and San Paolo get by with those kind of numbers. Not places I would want to live, but better than what a billion people in Africa and rural India have.
      So don’t expect immigrants to stop coming even when Melbourne and Sydney are both global megacities. That’s the pathway we are on, endless growth without an exit ramp. In order for that to change a lot of people have to get angry and start voting for any and every party with a low immigration platform, no matter how flawed they are. At the moment the only party with any kind of profile is One Nation, so I will be voting for them until someone better comes along.

  2. Phil B

    “he average yearly migration rate” …

    You don’t qualify what you mean by that. Do you mean:

    1) The NET inward migration

    2) The number of non Australians arriving per year

    3) A bit of both?

    The reason I ask is that in the UK the government quotes a net migration figure. So if a million British people, educated, with skills and cash emigrate per year and they are replaced by 1,000,001 third world immigrants whose only skills are goat herding, shooting an AK47, practicing inter family, tribe and national vendettas and claim benefits from day one, then there is really no need to worry. NET immigration per year is only one person.

    This presupposes that people are as equivalent as coins in your packet and can be interchanged or substituted for each other with zero effect.

    Carry on like that and although the territory of the UK or Australia will still exist as a geographical entity, then the things that make them what they are will disappear and they will be a third world country, populated by third world people with third world attitudes.

  3. Chris

    Leith at Macrobusiness has been talking about the problems caused by high immigration levels for several years now, and recently has managed to get some exposure on radio and TV. Dick Smith likewise has been pointing out the overcrowding and quality of life issues for some time, Mark Latham picked it up a few months back. Also Cory Bernardi. I guess One Nation polling at 10% is starting to make a few people think. Most talk about halving immigration or returning to the historical level of 70,000 per year. Only One Nation say, let’s have zero immigration, we are full.

    Of course they all stress that absolute numbers are the problem, too many people, and say it is nothing to do with the culture of the new arrivals.I’d have to say that is the necessary strategy to avoid accusations of racism.

    My personal stance is that the ideal number is zero. Melbourne is too big already, I don’t want one single extra person to move there. Mass immigration is so 20th century. Why do we need extra bodies for a future in which an increasing amount of work will be automated?

  4. Mr Black

    I’d go a lot further. I’d instruct everyone who arrived in the last 10 years to leave, with the exception of those who have a cultural affinity with Australia. When I can walk through the city and not think I am living in China, then we may be returning to what Australia should be.

  5. ian

    Great to see coverage of this issue in your blog. It’s amazing how Howard was seen as “anti-immigration” when the opposite was true, unfortunately all Australian governments since that time maintained his policy.
    Also interesting to note that the percentage of migrants going to Melbourne and Sydney is absolutely overwhelming. Once you get out of these 2 cities the percentage of Australian born citizens is actually much higher.

  6. ian

    excellent article in Quadrant this month about this topic, have a look at:
    “The Great Immigration Non-debate”

    • Adam

      Yeah, good article. Although I notice he didn’t mention the Islam bugbear in the room.

      The thing is, it’s all to late. The only solution available now is to send them all back. All of them. The good and the bad. That is the price that must be paid for this folly. It will happen voluntarily or it will happen with blood, but it will happen.

  7. ian

    I think the 2nd comment after the article mentions Islam.
    Yes it is too late, but things can go from bad to worse. It would be great if immigration came to a halt now. Many of us will never leave here and we have to live with the consequences.

    When’s the next podcast?

    • Adam

      Podcast back up and running next Wednesday. That’s the plan anyway.

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