Coalition senator calls for immigration to be slashed

Queensland LNP senator Gerard Rennick has used his maiden speech to call for Australia’s immigration levels to be slashed, likening Australia’s immigration program to ‘over stocking’ paddocks:

While economic growth is important, it should not come at a cost to our quality of life. It is time immigration levels were reduced so communities can deal with infrastructure, the environment and skills shortages. Despite almost a doubling of the population in the last 30 years, state governments have built very few base-load power stations or dams. They need to address declining services to everyday Australians before the population increases any further.

The greatest threat to our environment is not carbon dioxide but unsustainable immigration. As the son of a farmer, I was taught from a young age about carrying capacity and never to overstock your paddocks. Yet immigration is doing just that, causing major city congestion and overdevelopment on our city fringes. Meanwhile, regional communities are struggling as opportunities, from the lack of infrastructure, go begging. While I agree with the government’s wind-back of permanent visa places to 160,000 annually, the almost two million temporary visa holders living in Australia should also be reduced.

Skills based training through TAFE should take precedence over non-vocational university studies. Too many young people are graduating from university with massive debts but no employment prospects, while business import labour to fill skills shortages… It is a sad indictment of our education system that Australia, a First World country, has to import skilled labour, especially doctors, from developing countries…

Looks like the Coalition has a rogue patriot in its ranks. Definitely an MP to watch.


  1. Only a Queenslander has the potential to get away with saying anything like that…even considering that he framed it as economic immigration (the only decent reason, IMHO) that needs to come down, he may still get howled down as being “racist” (he does not seem to be being racist, but people like to conflate….).

    Should we cue howls in 3, 2, 1….?

  2. Already, Liberals are the Fake Party of Low Migration, Labor is the Real Party of High Migration. To smash Labor for a decade, Morrison only has to pivot to being the Real Party of Low Migration.

  3. Right now Rennick is probably getting a stern talking about how the Aussie economy really works and that the value of his IP depends on immigration.

    This will probably be his one and only good speech.

  4. My guess would be he’ll be dis endorsed, and will be an independent by the next election. No way the Sydney and Melbourne neo-liberals and autocrats will put up with this sort of provincial muck-raking

  5. Even StevenMEMBER

    Gerard Rennick. One of a few politicians who – perhaps – might bring some integrity back into politics. Iโ€™m ever the eternal optimist.

    Get me a dose of Peachy, stat.

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