Immigration

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Immigration spruiker bemoans jobless elderly she put out of work

Cognitive dissonance certainly runs strongly through the veins of the ANU’s Dr Liz Allen (“Dr Demography”), who has spent years vigorously promoting/defending Australia’s mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy. Hilariously, Allen is now complaining that older Australians are unable to find jobs: “I see lots of women in their mid-40s who take redundancies that look financially

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Immigration ponzi overloads Sydney’s public transport system

If you want bonafide evidence that Sydney is not planning for it’s booming population, look no further than its public transport system. Growth on NSW’s public transport network has soared past long-term government predictions, with 93 million more trips taken on buses and trains in 2019 than what was forecast for 2031: A report used

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If Albo wants to boost jobs for oldies, he must cut immigration

In a plea for the grey vote, Labor leader Anthony Albanese has promised to keep older Australians in work: More than 72,000 Australians aged 55 to 64 are unemployed, and over-45s who lose their job struggle to get work again, [Albanese] says. Instead, they face “spiralling down towards a pretty lean retirement”… In 1927, just

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The Economist: Lower immigration boosts wages

The latest Edelman Trust Barometer survey revealed that more than half of employees globally are concerned about job competition from low-wage migrants, as well as foreign competition more broadly: These concerns extend to Australia, where 48% of employees are concerned about job competition from migrants: Interestingly, the open borders zealots at The Economist have released

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Farm lobby slams Sydney Uni research showing less need for migrants

Australia’s agricultural lobby has slammed a report by Sydney University claiming there is less need for migrants to work on farms: Sydney University researchers found demand for full-time and part-time work in agriculture had steadily declined since the early 2000s, with mechanisation a key factor. The Journal of Australian Political Economy cites Australian Bureau of

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ScoMo must fix the AAT before opening visa system

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has raised the prospect of giving Indonesians “streamlined” access to Australia: Scott Morrison has announced he will reassess harsh visa entry conditions for Indonesians travelling to Australia as he welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Parliament House… “Indonesia will be one of the star economies of the world over the next

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Calombaris collapses but wage theft rolls on across restaurants

He’s cooked, at the ABC: The restaurant business of former Masterchef judge George Calombaris has been put into administration, only months after being rocked by a staff underpayment scandal, with almost all venues to cease trading immediately and hundreds of employees affected. A statement from KordaMentha on Monday said the company’s Craig Shepard and Leanne Chesser

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Victoria’s two biggest cities to merge into giant megatropolis

Demographer Dr Bob Birrell has forecast that never ending mass immigration will cause Victoria’s two biggest cities to merge into one gigantic city: Respected demographer Bob Birrell said the predicted boom could see outer Geelong suburbs meet up with the outer fringe of Melbourne, effectively connecting Victoria’s two biggest cities. “Melbourne is such a major

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Migration agents shamed again as visa rorts boom

Last week, the peak lobby group for Australia’s registered migration agents – Migration Alliance – attacked Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, for claiming that the explosion in temporary visas across the Australian economy was creating exploitation, undercutting local workers and contributing to Australia’s chronically low wage growth: [Keneally’s] views drew the ire of Migration Alliance,

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Migration agents attack Labor’s temporary visa crackdown

Last week, Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, rightfully attacked the explosion in temporary visas (see next chart) across the Australian economy, claiming migrant workers were undercutting locals and contributing to Australia’s chronically low wage growth. According to Keneally: Australia currently hosts the second-highest number of temporary migrants in the world, second only to the United

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Restaurants deliver another major migrant wage theft

In December, a report from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) revealed that a huge proportion of eateries across Australia’s cities are underpaying workers: Inspectors audited 156 businesses in Adelaide (Gouger Street, Grote Street, Rundle Street and The Parade), Melbourne (Swanston St, Lygon Street, Sydney Road and St Georges Road), Sydney (King Street in Newtown) and

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Australian visas exploited by “criminal people smuggling syndicates”

In her speech to the annual John Curtin Lecture, Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, launched another tirade against the surge in bridging visas under the Coalition’s term in office, which has been fuelled by “criminal people smuggling syndicates… running a work scam”: We have seen an explosion in this type of people smuggling in the

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Ambos: Mass immigration overruns emergency services

NSW paramedics have blamed excessive population growth for declining response times, claiming that high density living and increased traffic congestion is placing undue strain on emergency services: NSW ambulance response times are among the slowest in the country, with the state recording its longest wait time in a decade… The Australian government report stated this

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Study: Mass immigration is destroying housing affordability

In October 2017, Labor’s pro-immigration extremist, Dr Andrew Leigh, penned a ridiculous article claiming that the mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy has not driven-up house prices: An OECD survey of the relevant studies concludes that migrants have a minimal impact on housing prices. Seven out of 10 new migrants to Australia either live with friends

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Let them eat people. Lucy Turnbull’s migrant NIMBYs

As we already know, Sydney is a primary entry point for migrants: And Western Sydney is the prime dumping ground for these migrants: Western Sydney is also projected to receive the lion’s share future immigration-driven population growth – i.e. an additional 1.2 million people over the next 20 years, according to the Greater Sydney Commission:

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Stop the emissions cut delusion

Eighty Australian Research Council (ARC) laureates have signed an open letter demanding strong action to make deep cuts to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions: Eighty of Australia’s top academics have written an open letter declaring an “urgent need for deep cuts” to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions following the current unprecedented bushfire crisis. The letter calls on

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Labor takes aim at temporary visa tsunami but with what?

Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, has taken direct aim at Australia’s ballooning temporary visa numbers, which have surpassed 2.3 million and are second only to the United States (see next chart). Kristina Keneally wants these numbers reduced, arguing that the temporary migrant tsunami is crushing wages: Australia currently hosts the second-highest number of temporary migrants

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UK mulls wave of low-paid “skilled” migrants to crush wages

With UK wage growth recently hitting an 11-year high: The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended the Johnson Government drop the salary threshold for “skilled” migrants by more than £4,000: Skilled migrants from outside the EU currently need to have a job offer with a minimum salary of £30,000. But the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)

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Senate crossbench to derail visa privatisation

The senate crossbench looks set to scuttle the Morrison Government’s planned privatisation of Australia’s visa system after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) advised that the reform would likely need to be legislated: The department’s incoming government brief to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, released under Freedom of Information laws, says the plan

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NSW planning minister hands reins to developers

In 2017, NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, pushed-back against the federal government’s blind march towards a ‘Big Australia’, claiming it is leaving Sydney forever struggling to keep pace: Rob Stokes said the state government was left trying to retrofit the NSW’s infrastructure and services to an expanding population, without a clear, transparent trajectory of NSW’s

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Infrastructure deficit impossible to fix without tackling immigration

Cross-posted from Online Opinion: Australian politicians never tire of telling the public how they are investing record amounts in infrastructure. Barely a day goes by without a minister announcing a new “congestion busting” infrastructure project designed to ease bottlenecks in Australian cities. Malcolm Turnbull said he wanted to be known as an “infrastructure prime minister”.

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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

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Dan’s West Gate tunnel farce escalates

The hits keep on coming for Victoria’s beleaguered West Gate Tunnel Project. After the project’s cost ballooned by $1 billion, and amid widespread criticism from transport experts and the state’s Auditor-General, it was revealed this week that the project could be delayed for another six months as the project’s builders, John Holland and CPB Contractors,

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Australia’s water supply on a collision course with population

A new study by University of NSW scientists warns that climate change is reducing inflows into Australia’s water catchments, which will cause chronic water shortages as Australia’s population balloons: “We are looking at an average of 20 per cent reduced reliability in the future across all the catchments considered,” said Ashish Sharma, a professor at

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Former Liberal MP: Mass immigration trashing quality of life

Former Liberal MP and Gosford Mayor, Malcolm Brooks, has attacked Australia’s policy makers for encouraging “unchecked” population growth, claiming that it is destroying our quality of life: “Unchecked population growth will have a dramatic impact on our quality of life and our politicians seem to be oblivious to this fact,” Brooks said. “Without adequate planning

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It’s time to abolish costly parental visas

In its 2016 Migrant Intake into Australia report, the Productivity Commission (PC) estimated that the circa 9,000 elderly permanent parental visas granted every year cost Australian taxpayers between $2.6 and $3.2 billion in present value terms, or between $335 000 and $410 000 per elderly adult, with the cost rising over time as numbers increase.