Immigration charlatans capture Australia’s political system

Hot on the heels of Crispin Hull’s comprehensive weekend demolition of Australia’s cabal of mass immigration charlatans, which have shamelessly captured Australia’s political system, Judith Sloan has entered the fold delivering a similar rebuke:

Of all the public policy areas in which the views of ordinary folk are continuously trampled by the preferences of the political class and self-serving elites, immigration is surely the standout…

The persistent promotion of high migrant intakes, even during the depths of the pandemic, is further evidence that these interest groups are intent on getting their way. Sadly, it would seem that politicians are only too willing to oblige…

But here’s the thing: when ordinary folk are asked if they want to see the numbers of migrants bounce back to their pre-pandemic levels or to increase even more, the response is overwhelmingly in the negative…

Of course, all politicians are aware of the views of ordinary folk about immigration and population. These trends have been apparent for some time, even if the hardening of attitudes since the pandemic is new news. But the likely outcome is that these views will be ignored given the pressure exerted by the interest groups for higher migrant intakes as well as the sugar hit to reported economic growth that will flow from a jump in migrant numbers.

Does anyone really imagine that a treasurer will willingly forgo the chance to crow about higher GDP numbers next year – of course, GDP per capita will be another matter – as well as placate the lobbyists constantly begging to get their way?

As for the argument that more migrants are needed to fill skill-job vacancies, let’s be clear on this issue. The permanent migrant program is not nearly as skill-biased as the government would have us believe…

In other words, our immigration program is not “all about bringing in Silicon Valley types”, as Immigration Minister Hawke ludicrously suggested.

In a world where there are widespread skill shortages and spikes in job resignation rates, it’s time Australia focused on paying people appropriately and training locals to fill these shortages. That message could even be a political winner.

If Labor had half a brain, it would take a policy of significantly lower immigration (both temporary and permanent) to the next election.

Doing so would not only be excellent policy that would protect the wellbeing of incumbent Australians and its traditional working class base, but it would also see Labor win in a landside.

We know this because the overwhelming majority of Australians oppose pre-COVID levels of immigration.

Leave it to the Coalition to pander to big business. It is the Australian people that vote. And they are sick to death of having their living standards eroded by extreme immigration.

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    • This is why the migration progam needs to be done on the QUIET. Like boiling a frog. No debate… mdeia silence.
      At the moment it is all too loud, too public.

    • Jumping jack flash

      Big business doesn’t always come into it. “Big business” is that ethereal entity that people like to attach all the problems to. Consider that small business also benefits immensely from cheap foreign labour, and small businesses also vote.

      Remember back in the day, long, long ago where political parties everywhere proudly announced that small business is the backbone of Australia, or something like that? Well, also consider that at around the same time we got access to massive amounts of debt, Workchoices – leading to the current policy of high immigration, and a whole lot of other strange (at the time) policy that seemed to favour small businesses.

      I’ve been saying for a while that the past decade or more of policy was forged in the fiery depths of the Liblab cabinet rooms long ago, and persists to this day. Not just here in Australia either. This same strategy is in play everywhere, all over the world.

      The idea was, and still is, for all Australians to set up small businesses [services, or retail of imported goods] and reap the untold benefits of slave labour in a capitalistic model on overdrive, and supported by endless debt spending, secured against property prices.

  1. Jumping jack flash

    “But here’s the thing: when ordinary folk are asked if they want to see the numbers of migrants bounce back to their pre-pandemic levels or to increase even more, the response is overwhelmingly in the negative”

    These “ordinary folk” need to get onto the mass immigration gravy-train, toot toot! My wife owns and runs a small business providing services and lately it has been growing like crazy, to the point where she has had to turn away customers. She has been hovering around at stage 3 (below) for a while now, and I think I have finally convinced her to move forwards.

    Here’s how it works:
    Step 1, set up a services company, or possibly retail, but services works so much better. You’ll see in a moment.
    Step 2, get clients, grow your business.
    Step 3, raise your prices to whatever the market will bear
    Step 4, employ an army of freshly imported 3rd world slaves, pay them a tiny fraction of what you’re charging your customers. They’re all just happy to be here and earning valuable Australian dollars to care.
    Step 5, get rich from doing little to nothing.

    Because you’re providing services there is minimal outlay, just the equipment required to perform the service. If you hire subbies, then outlay is virtually zero.

    For retail, you can follow a similar model but the problem becomes the cost of the imported items you’re selling. Factory China solves that problem somewhat, but stuff is generally getting more expensive, even from the glorious factory of China.

    • Labour hire company is even better, preferably on a government contract. Then pay the slaves a fraction of what you charge them out at and reap the rewards.

  2. Lab might be forced into it, someone posted that Libs were ahead of Lab in some pole. If Lab are smart they say nothing now which will give the Libs the rope to hang themselves at the election as Lab then root’em on high immigration by campaigning on 70,000 total & well above median wage. They would win at a canter.

  3. Just get on with following the Singapore model – live in slave $400/mth, endless supply of construction and building workers (will match overpriced local tradies for quality), no citizenship rights. Bring it on !! And a good flogging if u get a bit antsy.

    • I was in Singapore / dinner with the local sales mgr at their place & went to go out the door – which actually was the closet cupboard they kept the Indonesian maid cook nanny serf in. She was squatting in there in her little broom cupboard gloom on Skype to her kids.

      They only pay them $16 a day & couple days off a month.
      There is a rate card by race / color grade – I think Burmese & Sri Lankan are even cheaper.
      That’s pretty typical in Singapore.

      In Australia, many of the Asians, certainly the Indians and others bring in their maids or help here on a range of pretext visas. Often they work for nothing on a promise of being sponsored or some other visa racket.

      One of my (Chinese) in laws brought in 2 Papuan Marys to live in the garage (one for each kid) on long & repeat stay visas who worked for nothing on such a promise but they sneaked out, got on the drink & went shoplifting & ended up getting exited, but were still here for couple of years.

      The Africans – Sudanese & Somalian Muslims actually bring in their tribal non Muslim ‘slaves’ they are allowed to purchase back in Africa to do the same.

      All part of the diversity, hasn’t really extended to white Australians doing it yet but I guess with a ‘Big Australia’ every broom cupboard & double wardrobe with the shelves taken out & a mattress thrown in becomes a potential migrant accommodation space.

  4. SupperannuationMEMBER

    You can always contact your local Labor member/ candidate (or LNP equivalent) it probably won’t change anything but it is perversely satisfying to watch them tie themselves in knots studiously ignoring any criticism of the immigration ponzi.

  5. rob barrattMEMBER

    Labor won’t do anything. I still don’t understand how anyone can pick any differences between pollies of LNP or ALP supposed flavour. If you want to know their real intentions, just follow the money. They’re about kickback not country.

    • Display NameMEMBER

      Have to agree. We need of the order of 8 moderate independents in both houses to make it prohibitively difficult for vested interests to purchase outcomes. Cannot put a cigarette paper between LNP and labour. Greens are nuts, not moderate enough for me or green enough when they support excessive migration.

      • LOL.

        Current Coalition Government is the most corrupt in living memory, if not Australian history. Labor aren’t even playing the same game when it comes to malfeasance.

        Greens occupy the centre-left political vacuum Labor left behind ~30 years ago, along with the minor centre-left parties like SAP, New Liberals.

        https://www.politicalcompass.org/aus2019

        • Display NameMEMBER

          Labour have a voting pattern largely the same as the LNP. Neoliberal, just handing out favours to a few different mates and a lot that are the same.

          • Yes, Labor is hopelessly captured by neoliberalism.

            But the Coalition is all that and nakedly corrupt on top.

  6. Funny, isn’t it, across the mainstream press, the hated Murdoch papers are the only ones that publish the low-migration arguments, whereas NineFax, Guardian, and ABC, like to publish the government/business line.

  7. I’m typically slightly skewed to Libs. If Labour campaigned and promised a low-immigration policy, they would get my vote.