George Megalopolis hails Melbourne’s diving living standards

Political commentator, George Megalogenis, penned a long-winded article in The Age’s Good Weekend hailing the rise of Melbourne to Australia’s largest city, and how this will make it the cultural, political and economic capital of Australia:

The rise of Melbourne is shaping up to be the social and economic story of the 21st century, tilting the population south for the first time since the full employment era of the 1960s, when Victoria last dominated the nation’s political life under the government of Robert Menzies. If the trend holds, and the electoral pendulum follows the population, it will force us to change the way we think of ourselves as Australians.

Greater Melbourne grew by one million people between 2008 and 2018, pushing its total population past 5 million as the nation’s crossed 25 million. Sydney added just over 800,000 people over the same period to reach a population of 5.2 million, while Brisbane’s population increased by 450,000 to 2.5 million.

Those raw numbers actually understate the shift. Melbourne is growing at a faster rate than any capital or regional city in the country…

Melbourne’s population is arguably already larger than Sydney’s, depending on where the boundaries are set. The Australian Bureau of Statistics includes the Central Coast in its definition of Greater Sydney, but leaves Geelong out of its definition of Greater Melbourne. Remove the Central Coast and Melbourne had 75,000 more people than Sydney, according to the latest data for 2018.

Jobs, education, lifestyle and, most importantly, an international reputation as a welcoming city for migrants are Melbourne’s drawcards at the moment…

Melbourne is the first Australian city in which the largest ethnic community are migrants born in India, followed by those born in China…

But Melbourne’s ethnic face, with the Indians first, the Chinese second and the English third, is expected to become the nation’s before the end of the 2020s, as cities and regions increasingly rely on migration for population growth…

As Melbourne passes Queensland, and then Sydney, and as the Indians and Chinese rise to first and second place among the migrant communities, history will be made at the core of our identity. Indigenous Australians will outnumber the English-born for the first time since the 1820s. At that point we can stop pretending we are just a white nation.

In the circa 5,000 word article, George Megalogenis doesn’t once mention any downsides from Melbourne’s hyper-growth. Rather, it is presented as being unambiguously positive.

This is strange given in May 2017, Megalogenis warned that the immigration tidal wave flooding into Melbourne and Sydney is “potentially catastrophic” and called for a concerted policy of decentralisation:

“If most of the population growth that’s already in train for the next 10, 20, 30 years ends up in Sydney and Melbourne, we’ve got a problem. But if we are able to pull-off decentralisation – something we’ve been talking about for more than 100 years as a nation… – we may be able to fit the next 10 or 20 million people a lot easier than otherwise would be the case”…

“You look at Sydney’s topography and it can’t fit another million people easily. And you look at Melbourne’s, and it will fit in another million but at the expense of livability because they just keep pushing the boundary out. That next million, that next two million, that each city knows is in train could be divided quite neatly across not just the Eastern Seaboard but inland…”

“The default setting to me could potentially be catastrophic for the country over the next 20 years if people just end up in Melbourne and Sydney”.

As we know, Melbourne’s population is officially projected by the ABS to more than double to 10.2 million people over the next half a century:

Given it took Melbourne around 170 years to reach a population of 3.3 million people in 2001, tripling that number to more than 10 million people in only 65 years (i.e. by 2066) is sheer madness and explains why quality of life is being obliterated under the mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy.

Remember, Infrastructure Australia’s own projections are for all indicators of liveability in Melbourne to deteriorate as its population swells to a projected 7.3 million by 2046 (let alone to 10.2 million by 2066):

If George Megalogenis was intellectually honest, he would have mentioned these costs in his 5,000 word puff piece hailing Melbourne’s cancerous growth.

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  1. The most interesting point was the comments on the article. I think there were about 100 of them when I checked. 90% were scathing, even MB-esque.

  2. Just another blowhard pumping real estate interests. What else can you expect from the mainstream media? Honesty? Intelligence?

    • Towing the corporate line; and being a product of immigration probably feels he can’t say otherwise.

  3. And he mentioned Adelaide in a pathetic way, talking it down as some rural backwater because it’s not part of the population ponzi. Ask Melburnian, I often wish we were more like Adelaide.

  4. >If George Megalogenis was intellectually honest

    But none of them are, are they? And why would they? Addressing the white elephant in the room–namely, mass immigration’s downsides–risks ‘populists’ (read: a democratic majority) demanding it be cut to address the consequences of cramming millions of people into a small, poorly managed space. This of course undermines what they see as the great ‘benefits’ of immigration, which is one or more of ‘economic growth’, ‘multiculturalism’, ‘diversity’, ‘penance for White Australian crimes’, and so forth.

    What Megalogenis (and other commentators) consistently fail to acknowledge is that there is already an undercurrent of resentment from ‘quiet’ Australia, that if not managed will inevitably lead to a reactionary revolt aka Trump or Brexit. They seem to think that a combination of wallpapering over the problems with trite propaganda, and dismissing complaints as the death rattle of bigoted dinosaurs from the past, will help keep the community from exploding like a poorly designed pressure cooker.

    If they were intellectually honest–or perhaps as ‘intellectual’ as they are made out to be–they would realise that sticking your nose up and ignoring people is not an effective way of winning them over to your cause…

  5. Yep, never mind the Summer From Hell, never mind that Outer Melbourne is ready to burn again, that Sydney is cranking up the desal, let’s self-pleasure that Melbourne’s going to get to 8m first.

    George couldn’t even wait for the embers to cool, before he did his victory lap. In a “Bushfires Special” edition of Good Weekend. He’s been taking empathy lessons from SmoKo, I’d say.

    • I’m sure being Australia’s largest city is a hollow victory if it requires mass immigration from India and China.

    • Jevons ghostMEMBER

      Oops. Sorry Leith. Didn’t notice that you’d already done that in the heading to the article 🙂

  6. the rise of Melbourne to Australia’s largest city, and how this will make it the cultural, political and economic capital of Australia
    not every largest country is a capital of any kind
    Chongqing is the largest city in china yet hardly more than a provincial capital

  7. You want to see the future of this country. How many vibrants have anyone seen in the last 6 months in photos of the fire fighters battling bush fires. How many have you seen in the police force or army. This is now Australia. A country divided.

    • Vibrants are overwhelmingly takers.

      Send the message to the poor this will lead to the end of welfare including pensions.

      Labor needs replacing to stop this.

      • If Denmark can turn the conversation on immigration by saying that its generous healthcare, pension and education can’t survive continued mass immigration – a very liberal country – I’m sure we can turn the conversation around by saying Medicare, education standards, the Pension, middle-class welfare, can’t survive mass immigration.

        How much is this ‘diversity’ and good ‘feels’, or even cheap labour for the small business owners worth, or additional consumers, if you don’t have a Pension, or free healthcare, or free education for your children?

  8. The bloke’s a complete cockhead. Never ending advocacy for his engineered society where a plebeian but ‘highly educated’ typist and retail clerk class are guided by the ‘insights’ of ruling apparatchiks like himself to accept the sprawling build of the third world on the outskirts of the metropolis to service them all.

  9. There’s all kinds of people in this world. This guy represents the very worst. Someone who will openly lie to, and cheat his countrymen for a few extra dollars.

    A special kind of scum that should be dealt with when the revolution starts.

  10. Is it just coincidence that “Mega-l-opolis” appears to mean “Big City” in Greek?

    Has this person no shame?