17.5m more migrants will suck Australia’s water dry

The Australian has published a report warning that Australia’s water supply is running far behind the nation’s rapid immigration-driven population growth:

It’s the worst drought in generations… But the story goes back much further: a progressive slowdown in construction of dams over the decades has led to a crisis that might have been avoided had governments met promises to keep on building them…

Figures obtained by The Australian from the Australian ­National Committee on Large Dams, an independent association, show that major dam building substantially slowed at the end of the 1970s and stalled around 1990. There has been less than a 3 per cent increase in large dam storage capacity since then. By contrast, the Australian population has risen by almost half, from 17 million to more than 25 million, sharply reducing the amount of water available to meet demands for household needs, and to provide for ­agriculture…

Federal Water Resources Minister David Littleproud yesterday… released a federal government analysis that found that at current rates, water storage per person in NSW, Victoria and Queensland would fall by more than 30 per cent by 2030 as population grew…

It is the federal government that has stupidly chosen to run a ‘Big Australia’ mass immigration policy without any regard for Australia’s dryness. And this has driven a 6.5 million (35%) increase in Australia’s population over the past 20 years:

That’s a heck of a lot of extra mouths to hydrate.

Moreover, water demand will increase inexorably as Australia’s population grows to a projected 43 million over the next 48 years, driven entirely by mass immigration:

Without positive net overseas migration (NOM), Australia’s population would remain steady and there would be 17.5 million fewer mouths to hydrate and feed in 2066.

The federal government and media can bang on all it likes about boosting water supplies, but the fact of the matter is they are the ones pushing the mass immigration policy that is importing many millions of extra water consumers.

Deep water restrictions, desalination plants, and higher water costs will be the inevitable outcome from this policy lunacy.

Leith van Onselen

Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.


    • Well, now you do, will you please stop drinking the fkn stuff – you’ll only encourage it otherwise 😉

    • Sydney pop 5.36 million – (March 2019 estimate).
      Up 220,000 in 18 months.

      340,000 of the third world Migrant influx came in.
      less 120,000 of white flight Australians out,
      to a net 220,000 third world migrant gain.

      Sydney ‘Non Australian Non citizens’ are now 47%.
      Trending to half of Sydney as a non citizen in 3 years.

      The migrant influx dominated by Chinese, Indians, North & South Asians, Arab & Middle Eastern, Bangladeshi, Nepalese and then African third world.

      ▪️910,000 PR ; of 1.9 million PR last decade.
      Third world migrant detritus exported here to be our burden. Aged, sick, diseased, sucking up our Welfare and Medicare. Mostly old sick useless Chinese hukou communist & Indian slum clearance on Chinese or Indian passports. Widespread Medicare & welfare fraud. Our hospitals and Centrelink totally overloaded.

      ▪️1,350,000 TR / SCV : of 2.561 milTR/ScV nationally. 53% in just city. The other 40% are in Melbourne.

      Almost all are third world unskilled migrant lowlife, recruited & trafficked in via foreign criminal syndicates.

      The majority being Chinese foreign national passport holders, then Indian, south & north Asian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Pakistani, Middle Eastern, then African & South American – on pretext visa, andin breach of that in working & living illegally.

      ▪️260,000 long & repeat stay Tourist Visitors.
      Of 440,000 nationally. (5% of the 8.8 million TV to Australia enter to live & work illegally – DHA.
      Mostly Chinese, North & South Asian in illegal labor & vice activities, Indians. Middle Eastern, South Asian Bangladeshi, Nepal & others in black market labour rings.

      ▪️20,000 Overstayers : of 65,000 Nationally.
      Asian & Indian Bangladeshi Nepalese Arab Middle East African South American. Hiding out in the vast fetid migrant no go areas and slums of Sydney.

      ➡️ 2.5 million foreign passport migrants.

      47% of Sydney occupied by a non Australian third world foreign passport holder on a transient visa.

      And look at the result.

      🔻Third world squalor
      🔻Crime & violence
      🔻Ideological terrorism
      🔻Medicare and welfare fraud
      🔻Destroyed housing / mass scale slum subletting
      🔻Destroyed jobs / employment / wages
      🔻Destroyed education – prostituted as a visa alibi
      🔻Overload of public infrastructure, dams etc
      🔻Non assimilation
      🔻Environmental impact
      🔻Misguided Australian taxpayer funded infrastructure projects – these migrants pay little or no tax, they live in the foreign criminal run cash economy..

      Sydney, once a magnificent city, now lost.

      The slum clearance from Guangzhou, Mumbai, Dhaka, Cairo & Mogadishu trafficked in on a literal conveyor belt to their exact equivalent Sydney slum.

  1. We are setting ourselves up for massive health issues into the future due to unconstrained population growth. Limited drinking water, smaller / no yards so an increase in childhood diabetes, overcrowded hospitals and so on.

    • Is there clear evidence linking diabetes to smaller yards? When I lived in Bayside Melb in 2BR units with no yard – riding 300-500km a week, running 20-40km/week, gym, 59kg, all bloods pretty elite – certainly no diabetes .
      n=1 of course, but the point is clear

      You don’t need a yard to be non sedentary. I don’t think a yard affects your food choices.

      • Make that N=2 in the past for me. But it makes a big difference to kids who are stuck inside whilst parents are too busy on the treadmill to supervise them at the local ‘communal’ playground. In the past if the parents were inside the kids could be out the back being active. Now you couldn’t swing a cat on 300sqm with a 30 sq home on it in Tarneit. They play fortnite instead.

  2. No amount of dams will be enough if the rains don’t fall.
    Australia has been drying for 50 years, WA rainfall is down 30% over this time frame.
    It is called Climate Change , it is here now, and we have ignored it to our extreme peril.
    Adding millions of immigrants is just blind stupidity.
    although things can change quickly.

      • if you rummage around here
        you may find out how they arrive at there predictions.
        I accidently came across a reference to the Australian forecast that said that the pop decline was NOT the result of war or pestilance.
        My own best guess is Famine.

    • That is a very good point. The building of dams is irrelevant if Australia experiences a very long dry period which it has done historically. The only way this population stupidity stops is with a major crisis and then it will be too late. I loath politicians.

    • It’s why we have the desal. I know a guy that works there – if you live in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs you are likely drinking desalinated water. I hadn’t given it much thought but I’d probably prefer warragamba water!!

      They’ve had no complaints tho – so all good hey!

  3. this is an interesting topic but none seems to be spending much time researching it
    few facts:
    Australia has among the largest per capita water storage in the world
    Australia has the largest water consumption per capita
    98% of our stored water is used by agriculture
    Our agriculture is among the least water (and energy) efficient in the world

    Also most of our water storage is not near the places where people live so using total capacity for anything is meaningless
    Basically, we have plenty of water storage but we waste it on completely mismanaged agriculture that is not adjusted to local climate. Our cities on the other side have not enough storage capacity relative to extreme climate events (bot floods and droughts)

  4. Many commentators have mentioned it on this site that water will be the biggest issue for the population ponzi. Melbourne’s current greenness (gardens and not the watermelon party) hides the fact that most of Australia is struggling with the dry. We are going full speed ahead with policy lunacy that is going to cause great issues within the next decade. And yet, we can not discuss this policy for fear of being branded racist. It is like the left and big immigration beneficiaries are working together to destroy this country.

  5. The people dominating this country are not Australians. They have no grounding in Australian history either academic or ancestral memory. They don’t remember extended family conversations about the rain, the crops or the animals because they have no extended family here. In fact, they have no actual connection to the land at all, so they assume that it’s just like wherever they came from. The ongoing de-nationing of Australia is going to gather consequences of an ever more serious nature until something snaps. Perhaps it will be our food and water supply.

  6. Perfect. Just perfect..

    Is some brand of radical activism required to draw attention to these issues?

    Why have we been asleep at the wheel for so long…?

    • Radical activism? Nah. I just take very long showers as an act of protest. Even the wife has noted that my showers are getting longer (although I am also training for a marathon so a good soak is needed – problem is baths don’t use enough water!!!).

  7. david collyerMEMBER

    Desal plants all ’round, charged to water users. Their staggering power needs will be hypothecated to renewables so Greens can sleep at night. All good.

  8. Based on the current melb consumption of 135l per per person per day the average person would consume 50,000L per year. Or 0.05ML. Of course the average healthy person drinks only 500L per year. Or 0.0005ML.So drinking water should be covered just fine in the big cities The article also forgets to mention that million of water tanks that have been installed, which has meant that Melbournes water use has only increased 20% despite the doubling of population.
    Also Aus is becoming wetter as the climate warms. Unfortunately not where the majority of the population lives though.

  9. Jevons ghostMEMBER

    It doesn’t matter how many big dams you build. If you don’t restore the multitude of small cycles that need to operate over the landscape in order to maintain adequate inflows of water into the landscape via flood plains and wetlands, the rainwater needed to fill those dams via direct and indirect run-off just won’t come. The small water cycle needs plentiful forests and woodlands in order to function as nature intended. So we need to restore those forests and woodlands. There are individuals and organisations in this country that recognise that restoration of forests, woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, degraded river systems and floodplains should be a major priority of government. Unfortunately, experience thus far suggests that by and large governments pay but lip service to their pleas.

    What is worse is that decision-makers in government don’t seem to understand that the land is drying out simply because in aggregate, water lost from the land to the seas and oceans each year is greater than the total amount of water returned to the land each year from the seas and oceans. This is not a new phenomenon; it may have existed prior to European colonisation. But there is little doubt that the destructive land management practices introduced by Europeans into the urban and rural environments have accelerated the process in this country to a major degree.


  10. Water reuse could provide much industrial water but, starting in Toowoomba, “good” citizens, aided and abetted by RupNews, have opposed reuse.

    Except in Adelaide (unoffically from Murray water) and places along the Rhine river, etc.

  11. This discussion is approaching parallel-universe levels of ridiculousness.

    Not only do people living in the cities account for a negligible proportion of Australia’s total water consumption, the distribution of our water resources means that the major east-coast cities aren’t even in the same catchments as our agricultural heartlands. It is physically impossible for population growth in Sydney (no matter what decisions are made on how this affects water use in the Sydney basin) to have an effect on water supply on the other side of the Great Dividing Range, which is where the areas currently hit by drought are.

    Pretending the agricultural water crisis has *anything at all* to do with the numbers of city-dwellers living hundreds of kilometres away in different water catchments is either utterly stupid or utterly dishonest. People in Sydney and Melbourne might as well be in New Zealand or on the moon for all the difference they make to water supply in Dubbo.

    • “It is physically impossible for population growth in Sydney (no matter what decisions are made on how this affects water use in the Sydney basin) to have an effect on water supply on the other side of the Great Dividing Range, which is where the areas currently hit by drought are.”
      Ignorance at its finest. Where do you think your food comes from? Citrus, almonds, stonefruit, grapes, much fruit and vegetables etc..all grown in those irrigated areas of the Riverland, Riverina, Sunraysia and MIA. Not to mention the water required for livestock feedlots and dryland sheep stations.
      Typical city slicker.

      • It doesn’t make a blind bit of difference whether Sydney is supplied with food from the other side of the mountains or imported from overseas, is the point! Ditto, from the point of view of the farmers on the other side of the mountains, whether they sell their food to Sydney or China. None of that affects the amount of water available to the farmers.

    • “..Pretending the agricultural water crisis has *anything at all* to do with the numbers of city-dwellers living hundreds of kilometres away in different water catchments is either utterly stupid or utterly dishonest…”

      Who is pretending that it does?

      Sydney’s water catchment is struggling to supply Sydney’s population with a desal plant going flat out. Some bright sparks reckon all will be fine if we just spend a few tens of billion on waste water capture and recycling. Add a few hundred dollars to water bills so we can pack in another few million seems to be the logic.

      As for agricultural water and the population of rural towns. Well a simple solution is to shut down some of the ag and that will solve the town population issue at the same time. Then there will be plenty of water. Of course the bright sparks reckon we just need water efficient agriculture. If only we could find people willing to make the required capital investment. Clearly at the moment few seem to see a dollar in doing that or they would be doing it. Australia’s competitive advantage in agricultural may simply have been cheap rural land, free water and a few subsidies on fuel. That model is just falling apart.