Pauline Hanson on Immigration in Australia

Pauline Hanson on Immigration in Australia

Last week Senator Pauline Hanson introduced her Plebiscite (Future Migration level) Bill 2018 to the Senate. The Bill proposes to give voters a say on whether Australia’s immigration levels are too high by casting a vote at the next general election.

“For years the people of Australia have had immigration and population levels dictated to them by governments that refused to listen to the will of the people,” Senator Hanson said.

“One Nation’s immigration and population policies have been responsibly developed to address issues surrounding rapid population growth, social cohesion in our communities and underdeveloped infrastructure in our cities and regional communities, with no regard to the racial background of potential migrants.”

“For years, media personalities, activists and out of touch politicians have been sneering and labelling any who dared to raise sensible objections to large scale migration as racists.”

“It is time this stopped, the people of Australia should be given a say in the future population and immigration levels of Australia and that is what this plebiscite if passed, will achieve.”

“It is time that politicians took their heads out of the sand and admitted that the lack of well-established population and immigration policies has contributed to many problems across Australia.”

“Because of failure from our leaders to act on immigration Australians are experiencing a reduction in their standard of living. We cannot ignore issues like more congestion on our road, longer waiting times for hospital beds, shortages in our nursing homes, just to name a few.”

“Because of our Government’s inability to implement sensible population and immigration policies, Sydney and Melbourne are now at capacity. In fact, they contain many federal electorates where more residents were born overseas than in Australia. Yet the Government continues to funnel more migrants into those areas.”

“The absence of any real immigration or population planning has contributed to the failure of our Governments to invest in long term energy and water infrastructure, which has led to higher energy prices and threats to our water security.

“The major parties need to accept that through their desire to appease special interests groups, minorities and big business, they are responsible for these shortcomings. It is time they accepted that everyday Australians deserve to have their voice heard.”

Australia’s population increased by 3.5 million people in the decade 2006 to 2016. Around 60% of that population increase came from immigration.

There is no doubt that legal immigration is the cause of Australia’s exceptional population growth.

If we continue to allow annual immigration targets to determine the size of our population, then the Australian Bureau of Statistics expects that Australia’s population increase will double from 25 million to 50 million in just 30 years. Melbourne and Sydney will become megacities of over ten million people.

Governments, both Liberal and Labor, argue immigration is good for the economy, but economist Judith Sloan says immigration benefits special interest groups. She says the economics of immigration are very clear. In the short term immigration reduces per capita income and in the long term per capita income gains are very modest, but these calculations ignore the congestion costs, house prices and the loss of amenity.

Our immigration policy is like a rider-less horse. It is dangerous. What we need is a rider, a population policy to safely guide the immigration horse.

Each year the government of the day sets an immigration target but there is no plan to take into account the cumulative long term consequences of those year on year decisions. In fact it’s the States and Territories that are left to manage the ever increasing population.

If high levels of legal immigration are such a good idea why is Australia the only country in the OECD, with a population greater than ten million, increasing its population at the rate of over 1.7% a year?

In 2011 the percentage of overseas born was just over 25% but today it is over 28%. Are the major political party’s intent on finding out the point at which social cohesion breaks down?

No other comparable country has such a high proportion of overseas born. We have double the percentage of overseas born when we compare ourselves to the United States, the United Kingdom or New Zealand.

It is time to put the interests of citizens first and to stop pandering to special interest groups, including business, higher education and property developers who benefit from excessive immigration.

The Lowy Institute Survey reported a ‘sharp spike in anti-immigration sentiment’ in 2018, causing their annual sentiment measure to change from positive to negative.

The 2017 Scanlon Survey reported 37% of respondents see the current immigration intake as too high, but when respondent remained anonymous 74% said that Australia did not need any more people.

The government and the opposition must be aware of these findings but they have not changed their positions and jointly they want a bigger and bigger population for Australia.

Perhaps the major parties will be persuaded of the electorates view if a plebiscite on immigration is held at the next general election, because that is what is proposed in the Plebiscite (Migration Level) 2018 Bill.

My Bill proposes to ask voters “Do you think the immigration rate is too high?”

My view is that an overwhelming majority of Australians will say that the immigration rate is too high, when they are told 62% of the population increase in the decade to 2016 was the result of immigration.

Political parties must be stupid to deny there is a problem with permanent migration, because families do notice demountable classrooms at the school, crowded train platforms, buses that don’t stop because they are already full, ever increasing travelling times between familiar destinations and long wait times to see specialist doctors etc.

Unlike most of the political class I talk with people who are doing their best to get by and they tell me that politicians are out of step with them on the issue of migration.

One Nation believes that our immigration should be reduced to 70,000 a year or whatever number is necessary to maintain the current population size and a sustainable population profile.

Australia is a dry continent and our vast land fragile. We need to consider the carrying capacity of the country.

At the end of World War II Australia’s population was over seven million people and 90% of those people were born in Australia. After the horror of the war in Europe many people wanted to leave and start a new life in Australia.

I acknowledge the hard work and the contribution made by so many overseas born Australians and their families, but that does not mean that we should continue to have the highest levels of legal migration in the world.

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S. Jack Heffernan Ph.D. Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.

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