Dr Cameron Murray debunks immigration myths on Sky News

Polls show Australians want “lower immigration” than what both major parties have been pushing, according to economist Dr Cameron Murray.

Dr Murray, author of the Book Game of Mates, says one of the “ongoing justifications” for Australia’s high migration rate has been to “increase growth and increase revenue”.

“That shouldn’t really be our main focus as a society, or as a public policy issue – we should really be focusing on quality of life and maximising economic productivity,” Dr Murray told Sky News host Rita Panahi.

“When you bring a lot of new people, you can of course automatically stimulate economic activity, but if all those people need … new houses, new roads, new infrastructure.

“We’re really just trying to chase our tail in terms of maintaining all those public services, infrastructure and the quality of life we have.”

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  1. C'est de la folieMEMBER

    Well said! There is a pressure mounting on the population ponzi. Too many people are onto just how lazy a policy running immigration full bore actually is.

    Also as an aside that last sentence or two spiel (by the presenter interviewing) about debt and how we have to pay it back, is going to be the mantra heard day in day out as soon as the Tories are on the opposition bench.

    Never mind that Tory government gave away zillions in stimulus to the upper end of town and every last professional in Australia got a public funded sabbatical while working types got ransomed by their employers….

    When a future ALP government moves to adjust unemployment benefits or spend on education we can be 100 percent sure those Torynuffs will be out there banging on about debt.

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      Labor’s support for mass immigration renders educating Australians superfluous.

      May as well finish defunding Tafes. Sell off the land for housing.

      Well done Labor.

      Labor, LNP, Labor, LNP. Doesn’t matter. Either fight immigration or don’t bother doing anything.

      • Jumping jack flash

        This. All parties are the same because they all have the same jurisdiction for effecting change.

        They’re not going to meddle in private companies’ affairs unless legality comes into it, and even then probably not.

        Pollies have no idea about anything anymore so business leaders can just tell them any old thing and the pollies will have to say “yeah… ok….” because they just don’t know any different. The alternative is to engage with consultants to check whether they’re being told porkies, at great expense, and possibly not worth doing when compared to what it is that businesses are getting away with.

        For example can you imagine the expense of a skills audit to determine baseline skill levels in Australia to determine if there are in fact skills shortages? It would be a disaster of epic proportions and cost a year’s GDP. So they just provide what the businesses ask for. Its far cheaper.

        • Muttafukaburrasaurus.MEMBER

          The modern politician is only skilled at climbing the party system shit heap, once elected they consider themselves untouchables.
          They have no skills or vision beyond self aggrandisement. The public service has largely been outsourced to consultants who are paid to agree with the politicians.
          No idea how the Australian national audits office (ANAO) continues to exist, it’s certainly not from any political support.

  2. I recall Rita Panahi owns several IPs (and I mean several), and has previously wheeled out the “politics of envy” slogan regarding policies aimed at targeting her “hard earned” property portfolio. I find it difficult to stomach her pretending to care.

  3. Good that Cam was taking deep breaths to keep his blood pressure down as he described the “Red Queen” syndrome, running just to stand still and actually going backwards,

  4. There is zero pressure on the population ponzi. All three parties are committed, their significant donors (or owners) all want it, it’s written into the Treasury plans, and there is no countervailing lobby group of any real consequence.

    • Sadly, I’m inclined to agree with you, the head start by the boosters is profound.
      I suspect that many have now been awoken up to the game, but are so far behind in organisation. It will take another generation or two to really get organised into a cohesive and politically viable package to harness the revelation.

    • Even StevenMEMBER

      Yes agree. Dawning understanding doesn’t immediately translate to action. But I think there’s a good prospect some momentum will build in a few years (not generations).

  5. This isn’t about Australia. How long before the export states ark up about this? The ponzi is there to prop up the sydney and melbourne economies which do not produce enough of anything to justify their imports.