Unions fight back against Coalition’s immigration reboot

Earlier this month, the Morrison Government flagged that it would reboot Australia’s mass immigration program at the earliest opportunity under the guise of ‘skills shortages’. This came as business lobbies urged the federal government to lift the permanent migration into post pandemic to help spur the economy’s recovery. Now Australia’s unions are fighting back, vowing


Cities will run out of water if mass immigration rebooted

The Productivity Commission (PC) has released an alarming report warning that Australia’s cities face chronic water shortages in the decades ahead as their populations swell by a projected 11 million people: Looking ahead, climate change and population growth present significant risks to the security of Australia’s water resources. Drought conditions are likely to become more


ABC finally joins the dots on immigration

For years, your ABC has been the go-to platform for biased pro-mass immigration reporting. It has regularly provided space to contributors pushing the ‘Big Australia’ agenda, including Liz Allen, Abul Rizvi, and various business lobbyists, while rarely affording the same opportunity to those seeking lower, sustainable levels of immigration. With this brief background in mind,


Coalition will use skills shortage fig leaf to ramp-up immigration

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Morrison Government will use scaremongering over perceived ‘skills shortages’ to ramp-up immigration once the COVID-19 pandemic ends. The Morrison Government has convened an inquiry into Australia’s skilled migrant program, to be headed by the Liberal Party’s Julian Leeser. A key aspect of the program it will look at


Australia lost 600,000 temporary visa holders in 2020

October’s federal budget projected that net overseas migration (NOM) into Australia would turn negative over the next two years, declining by -71,600 in 2020-21 and -21,600 in 2021-22: If true, this negative NOM would be a stunning turnaround from the prior 15 year’s explosive growth, which saw Australia’s NOM average a whopping 217,000 a year:


Rebooting immigration will kill wages

EY Oceania’s chief economist Jo Masters claims that high underemployment is likely to push down real wages and hinder Australia’s economic recovery. According to Masters, underemployment not only means less money being available for households to spend, it also results in more people competing for work, thereby pushing down the price of labour down: ABS


Property lobby begs for migrants to fill empty homes

As expected, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) has used its pre-Budget submission to lobby for a return to mass immigration. The lobby group warns that the closure of Australia’s international borders will result in reduced demand for housing, which is in turn likely to see residential construction activity fall sharply in 2022. Master Builders Australia


ScoMo readies post-COVID immigration boom

The Morrison Government is gearing up for a post-COVID immigration boom under the guise of skills shortages: Skilled migration into Australia will be reviewed in a quickfire government inquiry looking for fast solutions to help businesses get the staff they need and grow the economy… Immigration Minister Alex Hawke asked Parliament’s joint standing committee on


Lower immigration drives farm wages higher

Who would have thought? The reduced access to migrant workers has driven farm wages up, with the agricultural industry needing to offer higher pay to attract local workers: Critical labour shortages are forcing Queensland farmers to pay higher wages and provide better conditions to attract local workers… Bundaberg lychee grower Craig van Rooyen said the


Farm visas are not the answer to labour shortages

Joanna Howe, Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide Law School, has given an insightful interview on ABC Radio challenging the farming industry’s heavy reliance on seasonal migrant workers. In particular, Howe notes that visa reforms by the Howard Government that gave farmers greater access to migrant workers “completely changed the nature of the workforce”


Property Council CEO demands mass immigration

In yesterday’s article entitled “Why housing construction will crash in 2022”, I warned that the property lobby would intensely lobby the federal government to restore mass immigration: “…expect to see intense lobbying from property groups calling on the federal government to provide more subsidies, as well as to open Australia to migrants. Without a return


The Kouk: Don’t return to “break neck” immigration

Stephen Koukoulas (“The Kouk”) has published a well balanced article arguing against returning Australia’s immigration intake back to the “break-neck inflows evident in the couple of decades prior to 2020” once the COVID-19 pandemic ends: Two big issues in Australia are a shortage of quality infrastructure and pressures on house prices. In simple terms, these


Australian immigration turns sharply negative

On Friday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released overseas arrivals and departures data for November, which revealed that immigration has turned sharply negative. As shown in the next chart, long-term departures exceeded long-term arrivals by 19,270 in the 8 months to November 2020: This has reduced annual long-term arrivals to only 93,410 in the


ACCI demands Australia open border to migrants

While the nation grapples with multiple COVID outbreaks imported via returning Australians, the biggest business collective – the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) – has demanded the federal government open Australia’s international border to ‘skilled’ migrants to alleviate so-called skills shortages: Melbourne-based Raghubir Singh is an experienced motor mechanic who had planned to


Corrupt politicians keep pilots on skilled shortage list

Australia’s corrupted ‘skilled’ visa system has been exposed again, this time by the airline industry which are still allowed to employ foreign pilots under the guise of ‘skills shortages’ while 40% of local pilots have been forced to find work outside of the industry: Rapidly expanding airline Regional Express could ­recruit foreign pilots for its


Too risky to bring back students and reboot immigration

It is hard to believe that only one month ago the NSW Government hatched a treasonous plan to reserve one-third of the state’s hotel quarantine places for international students to be flown into Australia on chartered flights and have their quarantine costs paid for by universities: The NSW government is taking a plan to national cabinet


Former Productivity Tsar shreds ‘Big Australia’ policy

Over the Christmas break, The Australian’s Tom Dusevic published a terrific article entitled “Does the pandemic mean the end of Big Australia?”, which carefully unpicked Australia’s mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy, which has been in effect since the early 2000s. In this article, Dusevic describes the fault-lines in the population debate. On one side, are


Big Australia mouthpieces unite in propaganda spew

Leading ‘Big Australia’ mouthpieces have united warning of dire consequences unless Australia grows its population, including through mass immigration: The issue of a Big Australia has resurfaced in the wake of the government releasing its first Population Statement, which projects the nation will have 1.1 million fewer people by 2031 than it would have without


Quarantine failures highlight grave risk in rebooting immigration

The NSW Government’s hotel quarantine program is under scrutiny after a third case of COVID-19 was linked to returned overseas travellers. A nurse is believed to have contracted the virus while transporting a family from Sydney airport to a quarantine hotel, although health authorities have yet to determine the exact source of this infection. A


Productivity growth not population key to smart economy

Former foreign minister Bob Carr claims that the pandemic is an opportunity to challenge the view held by government and business that the only approach to population growth is “more”. Carr contends that Australia’s economic growth has been all about lifting population growth, rather than boosting productivity. He notes that population targets are set in


It’s official: immigration has turned negative

The Federal Budget forecast net overseas migration (NOM) to turn negative for the first time since the Second World War, recording declines of -71,600 in 2020-21 and -21,600 in 2021-22, before recovering to 95,900 in 2022-23 and 201,100 in 2023-24: The ABS’ quarterly population data provided the first evidence of this immigration collapse with NOM


You cannot be serious: abattoir workers handed skilled visas

As we know, Australia’s entire ‘skilled’ visa system is a sham that is actually delivering the nation low paid and underutilised workers. The evidence is standing in plain sight in the Department of Home Affairs’ Continuous Survey of Migrants: As shown above, migrants have significantly worse labour market outcomes than the general population. Specifically: The


Coalition green-lights money laundering visas

The Morrison Government has tightened some business and investment visas, but curiously left the ‘golden ticket’ Significant Investor Visa (SIV) commonly used for money laundering untouched: Business migrants will face tougher requirements under changes to investment visas that have so far drawn in at least $12 billion from mostly Chinese nationals. The existing nine different


Highrise Harry demands migrant meat for property grinder

With Sydney experiencing massive apartment rental vacancies: And Sydney apartment rents plunging: Multi-billionaire apartment developer, “Highrise” Harry Triguboff, has demanded the state and federal governments offer more incentives to apartment developers and purchasers and open Australia’s international border to migrants in order to drive apartment sales: “We are suffering because the migrants are not coming