Open borders Labor bats for migrants, not Australians

Labor’s immigration spokesperson. Kristina Keneally, has again attacked the growing backlog of migrants awaiting citizenship:

Hundreds of thousands of migrants from China, India and the United Kingdom face waiting more than a year to receive their Australian citizenship…

Despite a 100,000 drop in the number of applications to become an Australian citizen over the past year, the average number of days from lodgement to approval sits at 410 days, up from 167 in 2012-13 but down from 493 last year…

In total, there are over 221,415 people waiting to have their citizenship applications processed…

[They have] been left despairing at the situation, putting their plans to study, vote, use medicare, sponsor family members and apply for government jobs on hold…

Labor’s home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally said the delays were “cruel and callous.”

Seriously, what is the issue here? Permanent residents can already access Medicare, have unrestricted work rights, and can sponsor family members. They have largely the same rights as Australian Citizens, with the exception of ability to vote.

Waiting 410 days for Australian citizenship is a small price to pay for escaping the overpopulated and polluted places they have come from, and is hardly “cruel and callous”. Australian citizenship should be prized, not handed out like Tic-Tacs.

Herein lies Labor’s key problem: in championing globalism and ‘open borders’, it gives the impression that it cares more about people wanting to come to Australia than those already here.

Australia already has unmanageable population growth, stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, gridlocked infrastructure, growing concerns about external influence in our politics, declining standards in education, budgets being stretched for health, just to name a few. Yet, here is Labor again complaining that it is unfair for migrants to have to wait for citizenship?

Labor has no chance at all until it rediscovers its own collective mantra, and priorities the welfare of incumbent Australian citizens and workers.

Comments

    • DisplayNameMEMBER

      Don’t listen to these racists Paul. We need to increase the intake to decrease wages. This will boost corporate profits as the minimum wage is driven down to the global median meaning our share portfolios and property investments will skyrocket. These mb losers need to get laid amirite hehe

  1. “Australia already has unmanageable population growth, stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, gridlocked infrastructure, growing concerns about external influence in our politics, declining standards in education, budgets being stretched for health, just to name a few.”

    Yet, somehow, Labor is still to blame.

    FFS

    • Labor is supposed to represent workers. Yet it vigorously supports (and defends) the mass immigration scam, which crushes wages, housing affordability and liveability for the working class, while fattening the wallets of the capitalists (think Gerry Harvey and Harry Triguboff). Labor has become the useful idiots of the wealthy elite. Just look at the unlimited parental visas offered to permanent migrants in the lead-up to the election. That was the single worst policy I have ever seen.

      At least the Coalition are consistent. They have always been the ‘business party’ and behave accordingly. Labor should change their name and stop pretending.

    • what sort of mindless moron are you …. Labor is supposed to support and protect working class Australians. That’s their DNA. Apart from that …

      regardless of political party can’t you get your little progressive minds around the fact that all … ie ALL … political parties and so called policy advisors, lobbyists and endless hangers on are supporting the corruption of our society on the alter of an unsustainable population ponzi (water shortages anyone???)

    • Hanson population plebiscite.

      Labor Senator Raff Ciccone also spoke against the bill.

      “Migrants have helped to drive our economy.”

      “There is simply no place in our inclusive and proudly diverse nation for an expensive opinion poll on questions that don’t need to be asked,” he told

      What treasonous scum.

  2. A backlog would suit the government’s case that they need to privatise and hand the job over to efficient private enterprise.

    Considering Big Australia is a bipartisan policy perhaps Kristina just wants help move immigration into the safe hands of private enterprise who will be more responsive to the needs of corporate stakeholders.

  3. “Seriously, what is the issue here?”

    They want their spoils.

    “Permanent residents can already access Medicare, have unrestricted work rights, and can sponsor family members. They have largely the same rights as Australian Citizens, with the exception of ability to vote”

    Being able to vote isn’t about their rights, being able to vote is them telling heritage Australians what their revised rights (and obligations will be), via the ballot box.

    There are many more relatives in sh*thole-istan that our medicare tax dollars need to be increased to pay for. Our obligation to pay this will be met via more votes.

    • Yes, but that’s a good thing: the sooner the welfare system implodes, the sooner all those who came here for world class ‘free stuff’ will fvck off. Parasites will naturally move on once the host of well and truly dead.

    • Go to http://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au, go to the application form for Sydney Trains then go to the page of “diversity questions” and tell me you have any chance getting a job here with your blonde hair and blue eyes. But that is OK to me as all of my friends is working now on the platform waving the white flag at trains. It is a very good government job where I do not work too hard so I am happy I got preference for it.

  4. Permanent residents can already access Medicare, have unrestricted work rights, and can sponsor family members. They have largely the same rights as Australian Citizens, with the exception of ability to vote.

    right to vote in Australia is actually a duty to vote, doesn’t bring much (if anything) in our monopolised semi-democratic two party system but carries annoying duty to vote
    what people waiting for citizenship are missing is passport, and to many from third world countries that means needing a visa for many countries

    • Failed Baby BoomerMEMBER

      Dr X,
      Yup, the passport is the real issue for some.
      My nephew is in the waiting list. He works as an executive for one of the Aus international resource companies and he cannot do perform his duties effectively because he only has a South African passport which has horrible long leadtime visa requirements.
      Several times he as been urgently sent on an overseas trip, only to have it cancelled because he cannot get a visa in time.

    • They are like the US Democrats. Labor and the Dems have an idea they just dont want to face it. Its like an alcoholic they cant fix their problem until they wake up and ADMIT they have a problem.

      • Is the ALP like Ford, GM, FCA?

        The trio should be making hybrid cars but they lobby against CAFE requirements instead.

        FCA cars pollute so much that FCA is giving $2 billion to Tesla. GM has pulled out of Europe and India. Ford has decided to stop making sedans and make huge utes instead.

        Guaranteeing their own demise by doing the opposite of what they should be doing!

    • Or worse, they know exactly why they’re unelectable, but in KK’s mind it’s for the 17m voters to make themselves appealing to Labor, not the other way around. I predict the Weatherill “review” will ignore Labor’s migrant-parent visa fiasco.

  5. Charlie Daniels

    “[They have] been left despairing at the situation, putting their plans to study, vote, use medicare, sponsor family members and apply for government jobs on hold…”

    Did KK really say that, FFS.

    A vibrant I know just dropped 1.3 mill on a house in Castle Hill that has 6 bedrooms. He has two kids, so I can only assume the extra bedrooms are for the parents to come over and enjoy the free medicare.
    C’mon Scummo, grow a pair and really slash immigration.

  6. By supporting mass-immigration, Labor have abandoned and betrayed the working class they claim to stand for. The ACTU are not much better. Shame really, because Australians really need a voice in Parliament to stand up to the Libs and the mass-immigration madness they’re pushing.

  7. Even StevenMEMBER

    Kristina, Bill Shorten said Labor had misread the community when it came to franking credits.

    I’d suggest immigration is another. Change, or become irrelevant.

    • Yeah, but they are keeping that one as the excuse for the next election. It’s a good one.

      Of course it is the ALPs fault! They introduced the entire neoliberal game plan and marched to the Right. They have been competing on the same turf as the LNP for decades now. New Labour (Tony Blair) and the Democrats (Clinton) sold out to the finance sector and deregulated the speculation industry. It is the same as what happened here with Keating/Hawke. What we are seeing in the west right now is the consequences of the Left selling out on the working and middle class for a neoliberal ideal that is going no place. The idiots in the ALP can’t see that they lost their demographic along with their ideology. Keating thinks he invented a new middle class, but fails to mention that this was built on mountains of debt that made the finance industry and the 1% comparatively far richer.

      I’ll never vote for the ALP again until they reform. Anyone who cares about what they used to stand for can’t vote for the current ALP. You may as well vote for the LNP – there is very little difference in actuality.

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