Community support for mass immigration collapses

Late last year, the The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) released detailed polling showing that only 19% of respondents supported pre-COVID levels of immigration, with 70% wanting lower levels of immigration (of which 48% want significantly lower or zero immigration):

The overwhelming majority (69%) of Australians also do not believe that Australia needs more people:

Then in November, Fairfax published polling showing that 58% of voters support lower levels of immigration than existed pre-pandemic, with only 7% wanting higher immigration:

Today, Fairfax has published more polling showing that even more Aussies (65%) want immigration to be restarted at a lower level than existed pre-pandemic and only 22% want the same or higher:

Asked about Australia’s official intake of 160,000 permanent migrants each year before the pandemic, only 16 per cent of voters wanted to restart the migration program at this level and only 6 per cent wanted to restart at a higher level.

The strongest support, with 65 per cent in favour, was for restarting the migration program at a lower level, with 14 per cent undecided.

The question was: “Permanent migration into Australia sat at around 160,000 people a year before COVID but fell to negligible levels in the last two years. There has been some debate about whether this is a good or bad thing as it can have consequences for the economy, families, skills, diversity and infrastructure.” It then asked whether migration should go back to the same level as before, restart at a lower level or restart at a higher level.

The findings show the support for migration has slipped since November, when 20 per cent wanted the intake at the same level, 58 per cent wanted to restart at a lower level, and 7 per cent wanted to restart at a higher level.

Sadly, voters’ wishes are being ignored entirely by our political leaders.

The Morrison Government has already stated that it is aiming to import at least 200,000 migrant workers into Australia by July:

“We are working on a figure of 200,000, it may well be more than that but we will be actively looking to bring as many people into Australia as soon as we possibly canKaren Andrews, 22 November 2021.

This decision effectively brings forward the Intergenerational Report’s projection of 235,000 annual net overseas migrants from 2025-26 onwards:

Sadly, in the unrepresentative democracy of Australia, our politicians and media bend the knee to vested interests in the property, business and edu-migration lobbies rather than representing the wishes of the Australian people.

And with it, Australia’s politicians will lock in another decade of anaemic wage growth, worsening housing affordability, and declining living standards.

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  1. I'll have anotherMEMBER

    “Community support for mass immigration collapses”

    This issue has been the election winner for the past 6 months now. LNP have stuffed thselves up so badly however that Labour won’t be forced to go down this path.

  2. So Fairfax doesn’t have an option like “Immigration should not restart”. Only restart at a lower level.

    • BadThought like that will get your bank account frozen mate, if not now then pretty soon. Canada is the future of Western liberal democracy.

    • They’re feinting Bargaining because Acceptance just isn’t part of a Sociopaths reality…. They’ve already got Power, so Greed is their only Need. “But I’m only half way in”…..

  3. The will of the people is irrelevant. The great princes want more slaves and customers, and that’s what they’ll get from both sides of politics. Any other result would be transphobic. Or Islamophobic. Or homophobic. Or racist, or some such fcking nonsense.

    Things are starting to go a little pear shaped though. The immigrants were complaining the other day that there are no jobs for them, which they think is “unfair”, and the gummint should do something to give them jobs. Well, we don’t make anything any more, so there are no jobs and all those immigrant engineers and accountants can look forward to rich and fulfilling careers driving Ubers and delivering food. Hahaha. Sux to be them, eh?

    • Mining BoganMEMBER

      I heard that unfair bit on the wireless. I was making a quick dash up the Newell, was north of Narrabri and stopped at roadworks. I let out a “GET F#CKED!!!” that made two roadside workers turn and stare at me.

      Apologised and told them why. They said the same.

  4. reusachtigeMEMBER

    This just proves how racialists Australians really are! Thankfully both main parties will steer everyone straight on this matter.

  5. happy valleyMEMBER

    The great unwashed simply don’t understand what’s good for them ie more warm foreign bodies.

  6. If the poll came back 65 per in favour of increased immigration it would be splashed across headlines for eternity.

  7. bubbah buddhaMEMBER

    Its not about your kids society or oppertunities. You will drink that new improved nondiscriminatory multicultural medicine and bloody well like it, regardless of what you want!
    Read the label on the bottle first though
    Anglo/Celtic/European ‘Straya Expiry date :
    Best Bofore ………….