Former Liberal MP: Mass immigration trashing quality of life

Former Liberal MP and Gosford Mayor, Malcolm Brooks, has attacked Australia’s policy makers for encouraging “unchecked” population growth, claiming that it is destroying our quality of life:

“Unchecked population growth will have a dramatic impact on our quality of life and our politicians seem to be oblivious to this fact,” Brooks said. “Without adequate planning and government action, our unchecked population growth also threatens our limited water supplies and makes the risk of running out of water more likely…

“Where will our additional water supply come from? “The over populated Sydney basin won’t have enough for its own needs…

“With population growth and climate change placing increased stress over our limited water supplies. there appears little political will (Federal, State and Council) to manage population growth or to recognise the limitations of our available water supplies.

Separately, residents of Melbourne’s migrant-stuffed South Eastern suburb of Casey – home to around 350,000 people and one of Australia’s fastest growing areas –  are up in arms over excessive development and over-crowding, which they claim is turning the area into a “slum”:

Two huge new housing estates in Casey have angered neighbours and experts who say the area has inadequate infrastructure and transport links to accommodate the growth.

The partially built Casey Green on Centre Rd in Narre Warren and the planned Horizon estate on Pound Rd in Hampton Park are accessed by just two already busy main roads.

Hampton Park resident Heather Pasnin said she was “dumbfounded” the estates had been approved by Casey Council, despite a lack of infrastructure in the area.

“Casey’s mass development is making residents feel boxed-in like sardines – it’s becoming a slum – like a third-world country,” she said…

While the rapid expansion of large swathes of the southeast is putting ever-increasing pressure on often gridlocked roads, Casey Council Mayor Susan Serey said the council was fighting for State Government finance for road duplications…

Casey’s population is 356,555 and is forecast to grow to 549,190 by 2041.

Policy makers need to deal with the cause of the problem and not the symptoms. The immigration program has been too high for too long and must be reduced to a sustainable level – below 100,000 people a year – as a matter of urgency. This would merely return Australia’s immigration intake to historical norms:

Otherwise, Australia’s population is projected to balloon to 43 million people over the next half-century, driven entirely by immigration:

And Australia’s major cities will roughly double in size:

Such growth will place undue strain on infrastructure, housing, water supplies, and the environment, in turn crushing quality of life.

This population ponzi scheme benefits nobody other than the ‘growth lobby’ elites who stand to make huge profits out of population growth at everybody else’s expense. Time to end the ‘Big Australia’ scam.

Leith van Onselen

Comments

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      Indeed, and even less members of Federal Cabinet would have ever heard of this bloke than of Matt Kean.
      Nothing to see here, move on. The best-ever LNP government has our back.

  1. Australia is a chunting cesspool. I’m considering divorce and abandonment of my children to do it. This is convict culture writ large. It’s a pretty landscape, but why live in this shizhole if you don’t have to?

      • If wife is strayan and thinks everything is apples. feck it mate. Australia is a chunting sewer. He who gets out first gets out best.

        • Sam Rogers : You are panicking.
          John Tuld : If you’re first out the door, that’s not called panicking.

          Margin Call had some fairly close to home scenes for this former Wall Streeter (Bear Stearns!!) But that quote is my favourite.

      • You haven’t heard it before because you don’t give generously of your time and don’t pay attention to Kodiak.

        I do, on the other hand. But Kodi gets angry at me 🙁

        Kodi is right, it is a chunting sewer. Our biggest export is Reusa.

        Stay strong Kodi.

  2. Extraordinary, that with 6m hectares of fires lapping the environs of Sydney and Melbourne, nobody has lifted the rigid cone of silence over Big Australia.

    Not LibLab, Treasury, RBA, states, city governments, industry, media, academics, or unions. It’s still full steam ahead, for Lucy’s 8m in Sydney, and Daniel’s 8m in Melbourne. Not to mention Kevin’s 50m for Australia.

  3. “residents feel boxed-in like sardines – it’s becoming a slum – like a third-world country,” she said

    Well it will feel like home for most of the recent migrants then.

    It’s time to face the fact that Australia is becoming third world.

    • Sadly, there is truth in that.

      Australia is no longer attracting First World migrants. The place just isn’t that attractive any longer by developed world standards. Not when you consider Australia’s clogged cities, overstretched infrastructure and services, flat wages, hideous housing costs etc. Affordable housing, big blocks and good wages used to be drawcards for British and European migrants.

      However, Third World migrants will keep streaming in as, even as Australia further deteriorates, the place is still better than their home countries. They’ll accept lower standards. And it seems Australians will have no choice but to accept lower standards too.

      • One can only hope that coronavirus manages to wipe out at least 50% of the Chinese and makes its way East and wipes out as many Indians etc.

      • From: https://www.britannica.com/event/antiglobalization#ref1180923
        Neoliberal Globalization
        The dominant form of globalization is neoliberal globalization. According to critics, neoliberal policies aim at creating a framework for the economy that makes it possible to raise profits by minimizing the costs of investment, reducing social security, and preaching individualism. With the rise of neoliberalism, they argue, all of society is increasingly dominated and penetrated by economic logic—that is, the logic of commodities and accumulating finance capital.

        Neoliberalism is often associated with the following characteristics:

        The state withdraws from all areas of social life.
        The welfare state and collective responsibility are destroyed.
        Self-help, self-responsibility of the individual for his or her problems, and the capability of the market to regulate itself without human intervention are preached.
        Growth, productivity, and competition are presented as the only goals of human actions.
        Old ultraliberal ideas are presented as modern and progressive.
        Money and finance markets are homogenized under the dominance of a few nations.
        A kind of new social Darwinism puts across the message that only the strong and remarkable survive in society and on the market.
        A permanent insecurity of wage and living conditions (“flexploitation”), an individualization of work contracts, and state assistance and state subsidies for large corporations are all established and institutionalized.
        Neoliberal ideologies claim that the economy is independent from society, that the market is the best means of organizing production and distribution efficiently and equitably, and that globalization requires the minimization of state spending, especially on social security.
        These developments are presented as something inescapable, self-evident, and without alternatives.
        The neoliberal state creates the legal framework for flexible wages and flexible working times.
        Collective bargaining systems are increasingly superseded by systems at a sectoral, regional, or company level.
        The state tries to facilitate capital investment and technological progress by subsidies, research and development (R&D) programs, funds, and institutional support.
        The state increasingly tries to activate entrepreneurial thinking by creating new forms of self-dependence and self-employment, reducing unemployment benefits and welfare, tightening eligibility criteria, installing sanctions and coercive activation programs (workfare, welfare to work).
        Pensions are increasingly cut and the retirement age lifted; private pension funds are encouraged.
        Universities are considered as enterprises, and cooperation between universities and corporations is encouraged.
        Regulation is increasingly important on, and shifted to, the supranational, regional, and local levels, and networks or links between cities, regions, and federal states are established (also on a cross-border basis).
        Certain state functions are shifted to civil society (neocorporatism).
        Public enterprises and services are increasingly privatized and commercialized.
        Welfare is increasingly shifted from the private to the corporate level.
        Transnational corporations introduce increasingly flexible ways of producing commodities, and they themselves are organized as globally distributed firms that are political as well as economic actors.
        The nation-state is transformed into a competitive state: there is competition for good conditions of economic investment between nation-states, and, hence, nation-states are frequently forced to facilitate privatization, deregulation, and the deterioration of wages, labour legislation, and welfare policies to attract the interest of transnational capital. Whereas capital and transnational corporations operate at a global level, the state is forced to enforce political action at a national level.

        Sound familiar?

    • It’s sad , very sad , but true. I want to say more but I’m so deflated by it…

      Australia : western Sydney this is what your future looks like.

  4. Immigration needs to be severely cut back and pathways to PR removed. Employer sponsored need a minimum salary and there should be an annual cap, like the old US H1-B (i worked on one 15 years ago, not sure if the programme has changed).

    So many easy ways to solve this – and no one who can do anything about seems to care.

      • It’s bizarre when the media claims that Australia has “tough” immigration laws. No, we have the most liberal immigration regime in the Western world (except for maybe New Zealand). Australia throws around visas and citizenship like confetti.

    • Plus PR should not be given offshore, essentially ‘sight unseen.’

      PR should mostly only be given to those of temporary visas, undertaking critical work or export generating work, where there is a genuine skill shortage. We can then assess their health status, by an Australian doctor, and check their Australian work history.

      The current approach is just a numbers good – bums on seats, consumers and those willing to work for less. No one cares about the longer-term economic and social consequences.

      • blindjusticeMEMBER

        Seems the entire western world is doing this. Except Japan. people have to realize there will be nowhere to run to. Definitely not for your kids/grandkids. See the Canadians comment on the article…..

    • Fantastic!! But at the same time sad that this is a global phenomenon.

      The principal issue the world has is over-population – google any country and look at population 1950 vs today. The developing world is growing at amazing rates – allowing folks to move to the first world just leaves more capacity to be backfilled in the donor countries. We need to be aiming (globally) for a sustainable population (not growing). Every country should target that and we should do our bit by really limiting population growth (which we can as just like Ireland any population growth is from migration, natural increase barely keeps it at replacement level).

    • I wonder if the open-borders lobby has also started telling the Irish that they, too, are a “nation of migrants” and therefore have no right to object to endless mass immigration.