Welcome to the immigration Hunger Games


This week’s Treasury of Common Sense with Radio 2GB is a 17-minute deep dive into the ‘Big Australia’ mass immigration policy and its impacts on Australia (video below).

After growing by 7.5 million people already this century, Australia’s population is officially projected to grow by another 14 million people in just 40 years to a size of 40.5 million people in 2062-63.

This extreme level of population growth will ensure that Australia’s housing crisis becomes permanent.

The same can be said for Australia’s infrastructure provision, which has already fallen badly behind population growth this century and will become even more crush-loaded over the next 40 years.


Housing estates have popped up like mushrooms across Australia’s capital cities to house millions of extra people. However, infrastructure never keeps pace.

Then there’s Australia’s health and education systems, which are already straining under the weight of its present population.

Good luck building enough new hospitals and schools to accommodate the next 40 years of projected population growth.


With our major cities now forcing increased population density within their existing urban footprints, Australia will need plenty of new hospitals and schools within existing areas. If not, we will suffer from even worse overcrowding.

Then comes Australia’s fragile water supply.

The next drought will more than likely leave Australia short of reliable drinking water, which will have been exacerbated by millions of extra mouths to hydrate.

The solution will, therefore, be to construct more energy-intensive desalination plants at the cost of tens of billions of dollars.


And you can forget about meeting Australia’s ‘net zero’ commitments with a population that is 50% larger by 2063.

The federal government’s endless mass immigration policy will exacerbate all of Australia’s problems.

Yet, the media, policy makers, think tanks, and business groups, will disregard the many negative externalities caused by high levels of immigration, and will only talk up the benefits.


Welcome to the immigration Hunger Games, which will only get worse.

The full Treasury of Common Sense interview is below:

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About the author
Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.