Fresh calls to expand money laundering visas

Atlas Advisors Australia has wasted no time in using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to lobby the Morrison Government to open the floodgates to Significant Investor Visas (SIV) – affectionately known as “Golden Ticket Visas”: About $100 million could provide a lifeline for start-ups and emerging companies crippled by the coronavirus if applications under


150,000 migrants flooded Sydney and Melbourne in 2019

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) yesterday released its Regional Population report for the 2018-19 financial year, which revealed that Melbourne remained the king of the population ponzi, adding an insane 113,480 people to its population in 2018-19, representing growth of 2.3%. Sydney’s population also surged by 87,065 people in 2018-19, representing growth of 1.7%


Visa system to pit migrants against locals for scarce jobs

The coronavirus lockdown is expected to result in a sharp rise in unemployment and see more Australian workers compete for jobs that are usually held by temporary visa holders. Migration expert Bob Birrell believes the federal government will need to reconsider the visa system and the skilled migration program. Meanwhile, many migrant workers have been


Temporary visa holders given welfare support

With 2.3 million temporary visa holders residing in Australia, and many unable to work or travel home, the federal government will offer special welfare payments and visa extensions: The Australian understands that welfare assistance may be available to temporary visa holders if they face significant financial hardship under the Special Benefit payment and the coronavirus


Coalition axes daft visa privatisation

Earlier this month, a Senate committee rejected the Morrison Government’s planned outsourcing of Australia’s visa processing, warning that it threatens the integrity of the immigration system: “Outsourcing Australia’s visa processing system is a project fraught with risks and the committee is not satisfied that these risks have been sufficiently addressed,” the committee concluded. It said


Immigration into Australia remains turbo-charged, albeit slowing

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) yesterday released its Australian Demographic Statistics for the September quarter of 2019, which revealed that Australia’s population continues to grow strongly despite a meaningful reduction in net overseas migration (NOM). According to the ABS, Australia’s population rose by 1.5% in the year to September 2019, above the 38-year average:


Population ageing is no economic time bomb

Katherine Betts, Adjunct Associate Professor at Swinburne University, has published a new report for the Australian Population Research Institute (APRI) examining whether demographic ageing is the “demographic time-bomb” commonly claimed by economists, policy makers and population boosters. Below is the executive summary, along with key charts and data: Some commentators see demographic ageing as a


Sydney commute times soar amid immigration deluge

Mass immigration continues to squeeze the life out of Sydney, with 70% of the city experiencing a blowout in commute times over the past five years: People living in 70 per cent of Sydney suburbs have experienced a blowout in commute times over the past five years despite billions of dollars being spent on roads


COAG agrees to maintain throttle on population growth

After 17 years of extreme immigration-driven population growth: The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has belatedly agreed to establish a National Population and Planning Framework to “to improve Commonwealth, States and Territories and local governments’ understanding of populations, population change and its implications, and set-out a plan for government collaboration on the challenges and opportunities


Migrant-stuffed Western Sydney bakes under concrete

CoreLogic has released research showing that Sydney’s fast growing west is becoming increasingly hot, while the wealthy inner-east is enjoying stable temperatures: Western Sydney is undergoing unprecedented development and transformation, reflecting the vast size and population growth of the region. However, Western Sydney is also getting hotter. Data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology shows


How plane arrivals rort Australia’s visa system

Daniel Ghezelbash, Associate Professor at Macquarie University, has published research explaining how purported asylum seekers arriving in Australia via plane are using our over-loaded immigration appeals processes to extend their stays and/or attempt to gain permanent residency: The data, obtained from a freedom of information request, cover 18,196 cases decided by the AAT between January


Planning parasite: More immigration needed to combat virus

When it comes to ‘Big Australia’ shills, you would be hard pressed to find a bigger rent-seeker than Dr Shane Geha, managing director of EG – “a leading real estate investment fund manager” – whose business profits directly from mass immigration. According to their website: As founding Managing Director of EG’s Urban Planning business, Shane bears


Online travel visas drive boom in bogus asylum seekers

Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, has once again taken aim at the blow-out in migrants arriving on online tourist visas whom are subsequently attempting to claim asylum: In a speech to the Law Council of Australia’s immigration law conference on Friday, Keneally will release new figures showing that since the government allowed the online lodgement


Urban planner infill dystopia bakes us under concrete

For years, the development industry and urban planners have called for Australia’s supposedly underutilised middle-ring suburbs to be bulldozed for apartments and townhouses in order to house the many millions of extra migrants projected to inundate our cities over coming decades: This transformation into a dense urban form is to be most stark in Sydney,


Victorian Treasury blames oldies and women for low wage growth

Economists at the Victorian Treasury have blamed higher participation from women and older Australians for adding to labour supply and lowering the state’s wage growth: A team of the department’s economists has found that employment in Victoria is back to pre-global financial crisis levels, but wages growth is way below pre-crash levels. But underemployment, driven


Unions: Throw open borders to cheap, sick Chinese workers

With the coronavirus spreading like wildfire, and Australian wages hovering near record lows, the union movement has demanded the federal government open Australia’s borders to temporary Chinese migrant workers: Unions are calling on the federal government to lift the “discriminatory” Chinese travel ban, with some businesses struggling to cope without temporary workers who remain trapped


Senate rejects Coalition’s “risky” visa privatisation

A Senate committee has rejected the Morrison Government’s planned outsourcing of Australia’s visa processing, warning that it threatens the integrity of the immigration system: The Senate committee, chaired by Labor’s Kim Carr, found the “privatisation” of Australia’s visa application and assessment system would reduce service quality and price gouge visa applicants. But the Federal Government


NSW Government spares wealthy east from migrant deluge

The NSW Planning, Industry and Environment department has upgraded its housing targets, which have lumped more development on Sydney’s migrant-stuffed west while reducing the development load on the wealthy east and northern beaches: Planning Minister Rob Stokes said development was taking place at different rates in response to planning, infrastructure and market activity… Areas earmarked


Immigration ponzi fleeces NSW taxpayers for another $3b

Incessant claims that Australia just needs to ‘plan better’, invest more and build more, ignore the increasingly costly and constrained options for further infrastructure in the face of such unprecedented numbers of people pouring into our major cities. In already built-out cities like Sydney and Melbourne, the cost of retrofitting new infrastructure to accommodate greater


Visa privatisation faces parliamentary roadblock

The Morrison Government’s planned privatisation of Australia’s visa system faces roadblocks in parliament after the Department of Home Affairs advised that the reform would likely need to be legislated: The timeline for the Australian government’s controversial $1 billion plus visa processing privatization project has been blown out by at least six months. The latest hitch is


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


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


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


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


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


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