Phil Lowe demolished again for ‘Big Australia’ spruik

By Leith van Onselen

As if yesterday’s demolition job of RBA Governor Phil Lowe’s speech strongly supporting Australia’s mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ program wasn’t enough, The Australian’s Judith Sloan – who was the Commissioner in charge of the Productivity Commission’s (PC) 2006 review into the Economic Impacts of Migration and Population Growth and can be considered an expert on the matter – has torn Phil Lowe apart again on Radio 2GB:

Below are some key quotes from the interview:

“Nobody is going to deny that if you bring in more people, that increases the size of the economy,” she tells Warren Moore.

“But that doesn’t mean people’s living standards are improving. That people are any wealthier.”

“I thought it was an extraordinary omission”…

“The majority of people would like the immigration intake cut. I think a democratic government should be listening to those concerns.”

“Because I don’t know where we signed up for this. I can’t remember signing up for this.”

In yesterday’s article, I debunked Lowe’s claims using Productivity Commission research, among other sources. You can read my analysis here.

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  1. I think there’s a campaign to get people to think of immigration as good for the country. Spokespeople for State and Federal government, political parties, property developers and now the reserve bank have all support ongoing high immigration. I think they’re afraid of the recession we may have to have if there’s a significant reduction in immigration. I’m afraid.

  2. Not only is it a concern that they’ve got a ‘politically independent’ RBA being compromised & bending their mandate. It’s a concern that they desperately need the added megaphone for their popspruik shoutdown at all.

    If it’s so bloody good why can’t it stand on it’s own merits?

  3. Pls judith if u r reading this run for office on this issue alone. Btw the rba does not work for u or i

    • Clive Palmer would be a better candidate. I do not care if the mining tax is cut to 0 if immigration is also cut to 0. Why the heck would a miner need immigration – parasites like Harvey Norman do.

  4. So we had the impartial ABS posting on their facebook page that Oz is “roomy” compared to Brazil, now we have the independent RBA spruiking for Big Australia. Who next? The Queen?

  5. Bet phil doesnt live in mt druitt bankstown chatswood penrith….nah no way. He is happy for the plebs to have diversity but not his kids

  6. Phil Lowe, Malcolm & Lucy Turnbull, et al..
    ➡️ Need to do the ‘Sydney Migrant Vibrancy Tour’.

    The ‘Sydney Western Suburbs Migrant Vibrancy’ Tour.

    Audience : Eastern & North Shore & other Australians, Politicians, Federal & State authorities, Academics & the pro-migrant Media commentators.

    Australia has taken in 4.6 million migrants in the last decade who are now onshore.
    The majority onshore are long stay Temporary Visa (TR) holders, then the PR/Citizen grants, then illegally working long or repeat stay ‘tourists’ (TVWI) & finally migrant overstayers.
    Most of these migrants are located in Sydney inner, South & Western suburbs, in locations rarely by our political leaders, authorities & social commentators.

    Goal : the tour will provide insight into our migrant intake, their lifestyles, housing & employment and their ‘vibrant’ social & economic contribution to Australia.


    Australian National migrant numbers by residency/visa type & city locations :
    🔹2.2 million Temporary Visa holders (June 2018), the majority being third world & unskilled. 1.3 TR million reside in Sydney, 0.8 million TR in Melbourne and 0.2 million TR elsewhere.
    🔹1.9 million PR & citizen grants in the last decade – also mostly third world unskilled migrants. 0.9 million PR are in Sydney, 0.7 million PR are in Melbourne & 0.3 million are elsewhere. (ABS / DHA 2018)
    🔹440,000 illegally working third world Tourist visitors (ABF est to parliamentary committee- 5% of the 8.8 million ‘tourist arrivals enter to work illegally). Most are unskilled Chinese, Indian or South East Asian – 220,00 reside in Sydney, 190,000 in Melbourne & 50,000 elsewhere.
    🔹55,000 overstayers, highly concentrated in the third world migrant slum enclaves of Sydney (20,000), Melbourne (15,000) & the rest elsewhere. (DHA 2017).

    ➡️So the Sydney number of third world unskilled migrant intake is 2.34 million. That is 45% of Sydney’s pop of 5.2 million (ABS est July 2018), increasing to be nearly every 2nd person. A global record.

    The 1.2 million TR migrants in Sydney are 23%, or nearly 1 in 4 people in Sydney.
    🔹Think about that statistic.
    0.9 mil PR in Sydney are is 17% of the Sydney Population, or 1 in every 6 people.
    And 0.22 million TV working illegally & 20k overstayers are 1 in every 22 people.

    ➡️The tour will focus on this Sydney migrant influx and how most ‘live’ in Sydney as Australia’s highest & most concentrated migrant intake & impact.

    Similar tours can be organised for Melbourne as our 2nd most concentrated migrant area, or regional cities such as Brisbane, Adelaide etc who have mini me replicas of the vast Sydney & Melbourne migrant slums.


    🔻9am. Start at Sydney Town Hall steps.

    The tour group threads thru the clutter and barricades of the Sydney Light Rail debacle (a $4 billion non integrated Australian taxpayer & ratepayer funded debacle), the premise being replacing buses conveying 90,000 international students from their CBD bunk & mattress share dwellings to UNSW Randwick.
    But the real basis of the project is as a catalyst in conversion of South East Sydney into a massive foreign owned & foreign migrant occupied high density slum – with a string of new high rise tower blocks planned from the CBD out to & along Anzac parade.

    🔹Cross over to HSBC steps and the tour group can hand out a few coins to the throng of Australian homeless sleeping out on the concrete or on cardboard mats.

    The irony being these poor vulnerable and unemployed Australians are sleeping out on the concrete steps of HSBC – being one of main foreign banks used by foreign criminals & onshore proxies to launder their foreign black money to buy the housing these Australians used to live in.

    The morning Migrant influx pours up out of Town Hall station, the migrants swirling around or actually stepping over these Australian homeless. The migrants are are coming from, or to the ex Australian housing these homeless used to live in.
    And going to or from the ‘ex Australian jobs’ these Australians homeless & unemployed used to do.

    🔹Short walk over to Lumiere, Skyline, Summit & World Square Tower blocks as the Asian ‘international students’ get dropped off by the shop driver after their night shift. Observe closely the tattooed, bleached hair & nose straightened Chinese, Thai & other ‘students’ or ‘tourists’ laundering their night shift earnings of hundreds of dollars cash via the CBA ATM or XWing back to their foreign agent procurers. Then huddling outside their unit block, waiting for the bunkshare unit ‘manager’ with the lift pass & room key.
    This is what comes in as international students & illegally working tourists- such work being legal (international students) high cash untaxed income for many.

    Off now to the Regis, Regis Pitt Tower where Chinatown, Korea Town, Thai town and Euro trash / backpacker town converge. Noting the strip of foreign language signage massage parlours as the main industry of the area.

    🔹The Regis Pitt Street Towers.
    282 units and 1,900 occupants / mostly Asian temporary visa holders. A typical Sydney CBD building full of migrant illicit housing & activity, in what now stretches from the CBD way out to the far suburbs.
    Intensifying, despite media since 2011 in the migrant overcrowding & illegal migrant subletting. And with fires & deaths of foreign migrants trapped inside the partitioned & divided units, often housing 8, 10, 12 temporary visa students or sponsored guestworkers – nothing has been done.

    The Treasury or ATO officials on the tour could take note of how the owners in this typical CBD building manage to collect $17 million a year in sublet room & bunk share cash rental income, but only declare $4 million of it. And that many of these foreign landlord owners also claim negative gearing..
    Who is paying off who in the building managers, Sydney City Council & Fire & Emergency Services ?

    Sydney now holds two world class gold records in foreign owned cash in hand sub let migrant occupancy density.

    🏆 House. 44 Nepalese in a 2 bed house in North Parramatta – 22 per bedroom. $340,000 yearly foreign landlord income.

    🏆 Unit. 58 Asian & Indian migrants in a 3 bed unit in Pyrmont – 19 per bedroom.
    $452,000 a year cash in hand sub let foreign owner landlord income.

    🔹Into the bus now, off to Broadway and a visit to a typical ‘English language & VET’ international student institute.

    The ACE International College & University Academy, with classrooms full of Asian ‘leisure & hospitality’ workers or the less comely Asians as illegal factory & restaurants workers sleeping off their night shift or multiple illegal jobs.
    And Indians – shelf stackers & pizza delivery males, much older 30+ on their Fake ID & faked Health check & other documents.

    The ‘courses’ borrowed or plagiarised from 8 year old primary school English textbooks, or 14 year old high school courses dressed up as Certificates & Diplomas. The courses delivered by backpackers / casuals or visa racket sponsored Asians & Indians who can barely speak English themselves.

    None of this recognised as an genuine international qualification, and the same education being available online globally, or in the migrants home country for free.

    All the ‘students & teachers’ in symbiotic collusion of widespread visa & course fraud, cheating & faked assignments & fake attendance as part of their migrant guestworker student visa alibi.

    🔻85% of the 624,000 foreign students & fake partners onshore are doing low level nonsense education – with only 3.9% ever gaining a high income professional vocation in Australia or their home country. The ones who do secure the PR quickly join the unemployment queue and often continue to work illegally / after 4 or more years of conditioning and working illegal in the onshore migrant black market underground economy, they continue to be non productive non tax paying and non contributors to Australia.

    The economics of our international student program can be discussed by the Tour group. In our entire TR 2.2 million intake – all visa groups including foreign students – only $4.5 billion of funds is ever declared, self declared or routinely faked.

    The 624,000 temporary visa holders as foreign students as part of this then form a $30 billion illegally working sub economy, creating massive housing & employment pressures for Australians.
    Almost every dollar of the money is earned here, usually illegally in visa breach. Not an ‘export’ at all.
    The foreign students then pay $7.5 billion in ‘fees’ for the nonsense courses and onshore visa pretext. They locally xfer to their foreign criminal agent procurers/ loan sharks or send back via remittances some $9 billion in a money outflow.
    The international students form a large part of the most financially & socially destructive migrant guestworker program in any OECD or other country.

    And all along we ‘pretend to teach them & they pretend to learn’ in an ‘international student’ visa alibi.

    The simple fact is these foreign students intake are third world unskilled, in debt to a foreign agent procurer, only here to work illegally – and are all willing participants, organised before they even arrive in illicit & blackmarket work.

    They are here to repay foreign agent procurer loan debt, to send back remittances, to secure a PR and be an anchor to bring in the rest of their third world burden.
    It’s a core part of the overall migrant guestworker vice & labour and chain migration racket – top to bottom.
    A Royal Commission is needed.

    🔹Quick stops at Sydney Park & then Waterloo Oval to talk to the Australian homeless sleeping rough or in cars, the young homeless Australian mum & her two children who cant get affordable housing as the NRAS (national rental affordability scheme) got diverted to developers & the foreign investment owners to instead house the ‘international students’. Few coins as a donation.

    🔹Zetland – ugly cheap tower block cage housing – fills every available gap like bamboo shoots. Then down to Mascot Square, another faithful recreation of a new third world migrant slum.

    🔹11 am. Burwood (Burwoo) – this time a home visit inside the previously low cost / FHB level unit blocks along Railway Parade. No Australians left behind here.

    Packed full of old broken down PRC Chinese factory workers & elderly, the toothless old Chinese elderly woman cooking up some foulness on gas camping stoves in the hallway, old liver spotted ex factory workers smoking on the balconies.
    Inside each unit is divided into filthy little plywood partitions, 3 or more families per unit or else rows of bunks and floor mattresses occupied by ‘students’ or ‘sponsored visas’ or ‘tourist visitors or ‘bridging & protection visas’.
    A faithful recreation of the Guangzhou slum they lived in before being exported to Australia as part of China’s slum clearance program.

    🔹Onto a train as part of the ‘vibrancy and multicultural’ experience.
    The Stations and older trains are packed with foreign migrants, staring wide eyed or wary of this unexpected sight of a group of well dressed Australians.

    Whistle stop at Strathfield (Strathfoo) – much the same but with a Korean flavour.

    🔹Quick lunch at Homebush, at a Bangladeshi restaurant, dirty plastic plates & no cutlery, with chickpeas, rice and some offal from the local market eaten with the fingers. Some challenges in being served as kitchen staff all flee as this unexpected bus load of white Australians might be immigration officials. Toilet stop (communal squat toilet, no paper or soap, use of a hose as part of the multicultural vibrancy) and then back on a public bus & head further west.

    Onto a dirty old fuming public bus – retired a decade ago from the East & Northern suburbs – jam packed full of non Australians to go to Auburn for another local walking tour. The public transport out west was always third world, and now it’s fully consumed by third world migrant TR & PR occupants, just like the housing.

    🔹Auburn. Note the sharp demarcation in the non assimilated & non integrated Chinese, South Asian & Muslim Arabic, Indian communities. No pretence at multiculturalism here or any common bond of English language & Australian values.
    The shops, housing, pedestrian traffic in separated sharia or non sharia zones, the Arab, Lebanese, Indians, Africans & Asians all keeping to their zones of demarcation.

    Old Chinese & Indians squat in the gutter, selling fruit, vegetables & counterfeit junk.

    🔹Now a visit to Centrelink – queues out the door as the Hijabi clad Somali & Sudanese with a clump of African child welfare dependents in tow, Lebanese & Arab’s, Bangladeshi, Indians all line up for the great Australian dream – Australian funded welfare & the Medicare card.

    🔹Off to the medical centre. It’s typical, Packed full of old sick & unwell liver spotted Chinese elderly, bent & crooked old Indian mothers & Arab second & third wives each with five children. All waving their Medicare card (or someone’s card that they can use).

    🔹Granville industrial area as the massage parlours, car repair, wholesale and light industry all vie for squalor.

    Jobs. Inside a typical factory now – surprise visit. The non English speaking TR & Tourist workers also fleeing at the unexpected sight of Australians. Some stalwart PR migrants remain, and via an interpreter explain they also are employed via a migrant Labour Syndicate in well below award wages & conditions.

    🔻3pm. Time to harden up as the tour enters the real outer west migrant zones.

    Back onto the tour bus. Doors locked, the tour group instructed not to stare as it may upset the locals, but eyes straight ahead, glancing out only. Road rage & even chainsaw attacks on people in the congested, angry, chaotic wild western suburb migrant zones.

    Even the migrants there complain about the migrant influx. It’s not the Australia they want, but an ugly squalid recreation of the third world slum violence, terror, ethnic division and migrant on migrant racism they fled or illegally entered Australia to escape.
    Chain migration, selling off their Australian born as Child Brides, backyard illegal weddings of 12 year olds, fake partners, multiple wives & families on welfare, fake family reunion or else the ubiquitous ‘foreign student’ or ‘tourist visitor’ pretexts to gain entry into Australia.

    The gowned bearded men glare angrily the infidel straying into their Sharia zone.
    No Catholics or Christian’s welcome here.
    A recent proposal for a Christian Youth Centre (for migrants) sparking community outrage and threatened violence.
    Such exclusionary & non tolerant views between the migrants to each other all part of the diversity & vibrancy.

    🔹Bankstown- 83% non English speaking & HQ for the Lebanese, Arab, and other crime syndicates.

    Litter, wrecked cars, graffiti.
    Household garbage is thrown directly out the unit block windows like in Cairo or Mumbai – the plastic bags of rubbish burst open on the street for the rats & birds.

    Street after ugly street full of multiple families or temporary visa migrant guestworkers in each unit or small old ex Australian fibro or brick clad humpys, sleepouts & garages now converted into migrant accommodation.

    🔹North Parramatta/ Mumbai & then out to Blacktown. Again kilometre after kilometre of dirty squalid ex Australian and migrant occupied slums rolls past.

    The old Indian hunched sari clad mothers out on the footpath or squatting in the gutter, colourful reminders of what is brought in by their mummy boy son to be abandoned onto our Australian welfare & health care system.

    🔹Blacktown, a circuit around the high density migrant only housing, then walk thru the mall covered in African, Indian, Arab graffiti and tags.

    The African, Polynesian & Arab gang members limber up on the street furniture for the night action ahead. Taunting the other migrants or poor Aussie skippies who haven’t yet escaped this hell hole.

    It’s getting dark, not safe, time to return.

    🔹Head East & back to the CBD now, inching thru heavy gridlocked traffic, the tour is now asked to discretely observe the vehicles & occupants around them.

    Almost all the vehicles are old bombs, occupied by non Australians.

    Buddhist temples, Ganesha ornaments on the dash, or Islamic jihadi slogans & homage to Allah, as their swarthy, bearded, swaddled or turbaned drivers most on ‘international drivers licences*’ studiously avoid the Toll ways & traffic funnelling attempts by WestConnex & the RMS to force them onto the Tollways.

    *No SDRO collection of fines due by a vehicle owned by an international drivers licence, no one in government, federal or state knows who the 2.2 million TR & the 8.8 million tourist visitors (440k who work illegally) are, or where they live, or what they are doing here. Many have driven for years on faked ID & international drivers licences, as they would never pass any English or Australian driving licence test.

    🔻And there’s your traffic congestion & overload. 2.3 million new foreign migrants (of which 1.3 million are Temporary Resident Visa holders in Sydney alone).
    As the migrant influx spread out along the railway lines, converting low cost ex Australian dwellings into migrant slum share, it penetrated far out into the western suburbs. The public transport out west was already poor a decade ago.
    So many migrant guestworkers (TR, Tourist Visa illegals) purchase an old bomb to travel to & from the massage shop or their illegal factory, cleaning or restaurant work.
    An estimated 340,000 migrant temporary guestworkers extra vehicles, heavily concentrated in the western suburbs migrant zones.

    And back to the city, along the nearly empty M4, as Parramatta road alongside is choked with the migrant driven cars who refuse or can’t afford to pay the tolls.

    ➡️The tour group is quiet now.

    Some are in shock, others digesting the experience.
    Only the academics are talking, muttering forlorn excuses such as ‘but.. its all part of the diversity’ or ‘well they go back to their country’ or ‘we just need to spread them out more, so they don’t concentrate in these slums’.

    On the distant horizon the Sydney CBD lights act as a beacon to the tour group.

    Back, back to their homes in the remaining ‘Australian bubble safe zones’ over in the East & North Shore.

      • Nope / if you read up on it you will see his manifesto was pro migrant guestworkers. German Workers Party National Socialists (marxist left wing class & ethnic totalitarianism) was ‘pro mass migrant guestworkers / open borders within their early version of the EU – as cheap & low skilled migrant labour for their factories & services. Continues today in their migrant guestworker programs. So opposite in fact to what you say.
        Others socialist & autocratic fiefdoms such as say Gaddafi or the Gulf States also stand out in their migrant guestworker programs as well.
        We now have more migrant guestworkers onshore (2.7 million) than Gaddafi (2.1 million) did at his peak.
        Unlike Germany or Libya, ours come in on visa pretexts exploit our visa & border controls, provide little or non economic contribution except to lower productivity & wages, do not have housing so displace Australians and create a housing & cost of living bubble.
        The money is sucked out by foreign criminal syndicates who both procure, recruit & put the third world poor & unskilled into debt, to be trafficked in, work illegally , send that money out & via PR pathways & chain migration then create a huge impact on our health & welfare system.
        So in short / we have one of the largest, most ineffective, costly high impact migrant guestworker Pr programs globally. Costing us tens of billions in Australian economic & social impacts.
        I’m ok with immigration, from where ever, any ethnic group – as long as it’s genuine, skilled, value add, assimilation & beneficial.
        We don’t have that do we ?

      • 🙂 not even ‘new Australians’
        Most Chinese & Indians remain on China or Indian sole passports with just the Aust PR stamp.
        They are & will remain Chinese or Indian.
        The PR gives all the benefits of being an Aust citizen and being the anchor for chain migration / but will never assimilate or be ‘new Australians’.
        We now have 800,000 of the 1.9 million new migrant PR non citizens who can’t even speak English.
        Their children, often 5-6 years old can’t speak English.
        Massive mono ethnic migrant enclaves with no Australians left – all ethnically cleansed or forced out.

        And the migrants who do take up dual citizenship & passports rarely revoke their country of origin.
        They will remain Korean, Taiwanese, Thailand, Lebanese, Egyptian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Vietnamese – generation after generation.

        The left wing sychophant cringing guilt & apologist ABC, SBS & Fairfax etc media fills them up with Australians being a bunch of dumb white convicts criminal dumped on land stolen after mass genocide of all the natives.
        So it’s ok for them to lie, cheat & steal from Australians.

        Ask any Indian or Chinese or Leb.
        Their second sentence in any discussion on migration
        “but Australia is so big & empty… and you stole it from the aborigines anyway”

    • Mike – that is an excellent description of what has been happening at an accelerating rate in much of Sydney. I do not live there any longer but when I rode through the western suburbs about 10 years ago I was already amazed at the changes taking place. Since then with over 100,000 new arrivals per year plus their large families born here the transformation makes many areas of Sydney unrecognisable to those growing up in Sydney during the 1950s and 1960s. The social cost and financial cost to Australia from the Lib/Lab/Green govnut Biz Oz policies is massive. Yet at the same time we have lost so much of our industry that is necessary for an independent first world country.

    • If Strathfeild has a Korean flavour, it shouldn’t be “Strathfoo” as the Korean language lacks an ‘f’ phoneme.

      • Ha yes – spell check / is ‘strathwoo’
        or campsoo or chatswoo etc
        Our own little jjokbangchons – directly imported.
        “Large numbers of Koreans arriving on working holiday and student visa to work illegally – primarily the newly unemployed, Korean vice workers, bankrupt or dislodged citizens. The older established Korean community dubs them bangnangja’ (‘drifting people’)”.
        But the Korean slum clearance & migrant guestworkers are only a very tiny and actually higher quality element than most of the 4.6 million third world unskilled underclass trafficked in.

        Have you been out into Sydney Western suburbs ?
        I suspect many of the MB readership have no idea.

  7. So the RBA sets population policy on the basis of GDP?

    Ok, so why not let 3, 4 or 100x as much immigration in Australia and have 3, 4 or 100 x the growth, growth, growth…? Because this is the moronic logic that Phil Lowe is using to hide the massive cultural, social and environmental cost of UNSUSTAINABLE immigration and population growth.

    The biggest cost is that it has been revealed that Australia has no democratic process to determine who and how many people come to Australia and the RBA (frigging bankers on the revolving door) set our national population trends; an elite neoliberal clique use people like cattle to make money.

    Perhaps Phil Lowe is a demographer as well?

    Swing Lowe
    Sweat Banker Dick
    Coming for to bugger my home….

  8. DarkMatterMEMBER

    I love that photo of Phil Lowe. He kind of looks like a skinny little ranga in primary school who just got caught doing a poo on the toilet seat lid.