Domainfax barfs propaganda over Sydney/Melbourne ghettoisation

We live in a lefty police state of the mind. Domainfax is running a massive double-header campaign against traffic congestion across the SMAGE. For Sydney:

Be it children’s sport, the hardware shop run or house hunters skipping avo toast to get to inspections, all those weekend journeys across Sydney add up.

Traffic on Sydney roads can run slower on weekends than during peak hour, but some areas feel the pinch more than others.

Lamya Sadi, from Rose Bay, says Saturday mornings are worse than weekday peak hour. Mrs Sadi has hauled her children across Sydney to sports fields for 12 years.

“Weekend traffic is way worse than driving during the week, Saturday mornings especially. It doesn’t matter if I leave or 8 or 9 or 10 it’s always really bad, “she said.

And Melbourne:

Ten minutes. It doesn’t sound like a long time until you are stuck behind the wheel in a traffic jam.

And it’s a feeling Melbourne commuters are going to have to get more used to with Infrastructure Victoria modelling, provided exclusively to The Age, showing some daily journeys will rise by up to 10 minutes within the next 13 years.

Billions of taxpayers’ dollars have been poured into widening Melbourne’s key freeways to accommodate a huge 2.3 per cent annual population growth. Yet the sprawling city is still in gridlock and getting worse.

Average journey times will rise by about two minutes – an 11 per cent increase – by 2031, Infrastructure Victoria says.

The latter piece goes on to canvas the solutions:

Would you ride your bike into work if you were promised a free coffee?

….Rita Excell, the executive director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative, says if the technology is rolled out properly – that is, as shared vehicles that operate like taxis or ride-share cars, rather than vehicles for personal use – it could help improve congestion.

Melbourne Metro 2
Melbourne Metro 2 is a rail tunnel linking Newport to Clifton Hill via Fishermans Bend.

Moving the jobs
Melbourne will need 1.5 million new jobs by the early 2050s to sustain its population and where those jobs are will affect the city’s congestion.

…Professor Stanley says Melbourne needs to follow the Vancouver model – a city that faces similar population growth, but has responded by creating strategies to build up housing and job density along transport corridors in the middle suburbs.

There are 956,000 commercial vehicles on Melbourne’s roads daily.

By 2030, the Victorian Transport Association expects that number to double to 1.9 million.

With trucks making up about 20 per cent of all vehicles on the road, the VTA’s head Peter Anderson is calling for more flexible arrangements around when and where trucks can travel.

Changing habits
A humanities teacher at Coburg High School is single handedly changing the way his community travels.

Research by the Heart Foundation and Cancer Council Victoria shows that 64 per cent of Australian children travel to school by car – a statistic that Theo Hartman wanted to change.

So he started a campaign in 2015 to encourage students and staff to walk and cycle to his school.

Not once, not in the entirety of the two pieces, is the word “immigration” used. Not as a driver of population growth nor as a solution to fixing it.

Here is a little secret. There is no fix. Infrastructure Australia knows this. It has published it. Under every build-out scenario things get much worse:

Mass immigration is not designed to be fixed. It’s designed to break our cities so that certain industries can make out-sized profits while everyone else sees falling living standards.

These industries include:

  • media which relies on real estate listings;
  • big construction which builds and owns the infrastructure;
  • real estate which builds and sells land and homes;
  • finance which clips the ticket,
  • and retail which enjoys volume growth.

State governments get to pretend that they’re good managers via stamp duty gains and the Federal government gets more tax-payers to repair the budget.

But everything outside of this giant parasite cops falling living standards, hollowing out and huge debt accumulation. That includes:

  • workers via lower wages;
  • households via lower incomes plus higher taxes and charges plus radically reduced public amenities;
  • and tradable industries that can’t compete with the high currency.

In short, overmigration into our oversupplied economy is a giant scam perpetrated on the vast majority of Australians by the wealthy few. The last manifestation of an endless housing bubble built upon lie after lie after lie.

The answer is simple. Cut immigration to the historic average of 100k per annum, still fantastically generous, to allow infrastructure catch-up, as well house price and AUD falls.

Let’s take a bit of pain up front so that our kids can enjoy our cities again into the future.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. > Just cut immigration to the historic average of 100k per annum … and we can all enjoy our cities again into the future.
    Nope, even if you stopped immigration completely, the old days are never coming back.
    All these people are all already here, and they are not going back home.

    • If we have a true recession they will disappear like smoke, not least because welfare will be cut left right and centre.
      They’re here for a good time, not a long time.

      • StephenMEMBER


        Has happened in every other country that’s had a bubble like this, we’re no different. A lot of them also get here and realise it’s not the glamorous life they were sold back home.

        Throw into that mix a slew of new arrivals who have PR and also bought into an overheated housing market and are up to their eyeballs in debt as much as anyone else, especially outta suburbs.

      • What happens if someone who still has their other passport decides to abandon their property? Can they just disappear on a plane and forget their mortgage? Do the banks have any way to chase them overseas?

      • StephenMEMBER

        There are avenues the bank can take but most of the time they just end up seizing the property and leaving it at that. The sheer scale of potential defaults make it hard to enforce.

        Harder to enforce when you have a country that has 80% of the population with 4 surnames and another one which has eseentially one surname for men and another for females.

      • The scenario is interesting the way I see things is that
        – about 1982 the banks changed lending to more then the primary income earner (added wife / partner) so they could lend more
        – about 1989 capacity of dual income loans tapped out
        – 1990 high interest rates start to fall (thru to about 2005)
        – GFC time only buy bricks n morta as every thing else will collapse – falling interest rates again
        – 2012 Banks push interest only (repayments drop you can borrow more !)
        * 2016 approx. USA starts raising rates (US investment into our bank bonds less attractive $ outflow ?)
        * 2017 APRA restricts banks on interest only
        * 2018 Royal C forces banks to restrict lending
        * 2019 increased legislation post RC = tighter credit conditions
        * 2020 people cant understand why they haven’t made millions

    • Even if all the PRs return to India during a recession, how many will come back as elderly people wanting their pensions and free healthcare?

      • StephenMEMBER

        By the time they are elderly the pension won’t exist in its current form. We will see but as others have said I’m certain there will be massive cuts to welfare in the next few years.

      • What, in about fifty years time when the population throughout Asia is shrinking rapidly, so the balance of our NOM is below zero anyway?

      • The pension will be limited to native born Australians.

        Foreigners who have no super, barely lived here, cost more than they paid tax? No Deal.

  2. Balance sheet protection, profit continuation and bail out prevention come to mind at the top of my list with the other industries being parasites along for the ride

  3. Paid tolls and not moving. Is there a case for the ambulance chasing lawyers to prepare a class action?

  4. Wino Shinyface

    hmmm its a little patronizing when a humanities teacher at Coburg High School encouraging kids to walk to school is put forward as a fix for the over population and cultural genocide of a city

  5. It is strange type of dishonesty, isn’t it? By ignoring the real cause they are effectively reinforcing the message that immigration and growth are the natural order of things and as impossible to change as the sun coming up in the east.

    I wonder where they can go next? Probably a shame campaign on those against high immigration. Basically, they will say – Look at all these infrastructure problems. We need more human resources to tackle these issues and the racist/anti-growth looneys are holding us back. Hard to believe, but that was the direction taken by that little pork-chop that Leith was debating a few months back. Fix overcrowding by bringing in more workers.

    • Its not dishonesty mate. It’s what they actually believe is true. You know the old saying, ‘Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad’. The original, as translated from Greek, is ‘evil appears as good in the minds of those whom gods lead to destruction’.

      These people have forsaken everything. Their minds, their bodies, their families, their communities, and their people. Is it any wonder they have gone mad?

  6. Cut immigration to 0 – think of the water supply, the trees, our reefs… Last thing this country needs is any more god damned people.

  7. When I have a conversation with recently arrived migrants about Melbourne, they say to me after arriving here, they pretty quickly realise they’ve been sold a shit sandwich.

    No standing around barbie in your own home sipping on a tinny without a care in the world. More like sitting in traffic for 1.5 hours or more a day to get to a poorly paid job requiring both of the couple to work to buy a home which creates 1.5 hours more in travel time and be mortgaged to the hilt at the same time – Welcome to Oz where everyone’s a winner.

    • Yup. Surely we can’t be far off people realising leaving their home countries and family isn’t worth it to come here.

    • They don’t really feel like they are away from family, not the Indians – they are always taking extended leave to fly back to be with family (getting ‘carers’ or compassionate leave to fly back home, but more so to attend another festival they feel they obliged to go to), or they have their elderly parents staying here for extended periods. Plus they are always on their phones calling India at all hours – during their lunch breaks, and their work desks, on the train / bus, walking down the streets. With cheap mobile calls, Skype – there is less the feeling of being away from family.

      Sorry folks, but we are stuck with the Indians who have no interest in the locals.

      • StephenMEMBER

        Yeh nah. Recession will see an end to the low paid jobs in numbers. Don’t forget many of the Indians are massively indebted – they have a huge cultural thing about face and that extends to borrowing shidloads of money they don’t have.

        Sure some of them will hang around but a lot will disappear.

      • If they lose their jobs, and therefore their ability to send money back home and fly back whenever they think they need to they’ll be on the next plane out. Happened once before, around 2010, soon after the Nitin Garg incident – they were everywhere (for example, where I lived adjacent to Footscray at the time), then they were gone, until they started trickling back around two years after when things looked up again.
        Whether they will go isn’t a serious question – just whether things will recover quickly to see them come back again relatively soon after, or whether next time is it for a while.

  8. There is no way infrastructure can be built in time for the increasing demand at current Australia wage rate. The only way (and even then it would be a struggle) would be to get the Chinese in and just build, build, build. Tent city on the outskirts to house the temporary workers etc.
    Look how long any major (or minor) construction project takes in Australia, the Sydney light rail has been what 4-5 years now and still not done, all for what about 2 x 12km of track. How can the build rate be less than 5km per year?
    In that time Sydney will have grown by probably 400,000 people. Would not be surprised if the system is crush loaded on opening.

  9. Mainstream media is all propaganda, i guess they’re preparing for the communist takeover and they do a great job at not telling the news. Thankfully we have the internet and choice and I thank the Macrobusiness team for calling out the elephant in the room on a daily basis. Keep up the good work.

    • Everyone knows that the MSM is propaganda. What pisses folks off is that its lousy propaganda – if you are going to cash a paycheck for lying, please, take some pride in your work. At least with an AI spambot we know something is trying, even if the outcome is stupid, points for effort.

      Honestly, a good China shill / RE gadfly / demographic replacement advocate, those guys are hard to come by – but the quality of universities / quality of progressive shills produced is so low, its boring.

    • Huxley vs Orwell. ( )

      Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

      What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.

      Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.

      Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.

      Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.

      In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.

      …Huxley, not Orwell, was right.

  10. I dont know where the good times for retail are – cos we are in clothing and footwear and there is no good time happening here – just a struggle to survive – maybe its great for Gerry Harvey or Amazon but nowt for the little people

  11. Hi HnH, not sure why you are reading fluff articles from the newspaper and criticing them for their lack of policy analysis. A bit lazy. Also would you have an issue with migration levels if it had been fully planned out? I dont think you would. Hard to tell in your posts at times and might cause ppl to discount your message. Happy weekend!

  12. kiwikarynMEMBER

    I have the solution! We need more immigrants – ones to drive those little tuk tuks, cycle rickshaws and scooters. They can transport us westerners around the city like they do back home, all for less than the cost of a train ticket.

    • A photo recently went viral of a white guy pedalling a pair of asian tourists. I didn’t find it offensive but it certainly alarmed certain far right groups.

  13. Hey HnH,

    Has there been any analysis on negative feedback loops between crushloading and traffic? By that I mean, the longer it takes to move about due to traffic jams etc, the longer to build things. The longer to build things, the thinner the margins to build them, slowly growing until it falls apart.

    It occurred to me when a discussion came up recently about Amazon Prime Australia being unable to guarantee 2 day business delivery in metro areas. It must be quite difficult to bring concrete and other bulk materials into building sites, and concrete trucks are paid for by the hour.