More scaremongering on farm labour shortages

Australia’s farmers continue to complain about acute labor shortages due to the sharp reduction in Working Holiday Maker visa holders in Australia because of the COVID-19 pandemic: According to the following report, “tens of thousands of fruit picking jobs [are] unfilled in Queensland” as “about 20,000 residents of Cairns and Wide Bay alone receive JobKeeper


International education is really a backdoor migration play

The Mitchell Institute yesterday released a new report examining Australia’s international education market, which forecasts that the number of international students in Australia will halve by mid next year: Applications for international student visas have collapsed. Applications for student visas for individuals who are outside Australia are approximately 80–90% below what they were at the


Australian Treasury pumps immigration ponzi propaganda

The secretary of the Australian Treasury, Dr Steven Kennedy, wants to see Australia’s immigration level return to pre-pandemic “usual” levels, claiming it is essential to boost the “dynamism” of the economy: “It would be good to see Australia’s migration return to our previous levels but it has to be done with management of the virus.”


“Labour shortage” farmers reject 1500 Aussies for visa slaves

For months we have witnessed farmers, media and Coalition politicians warn that Australia’s farms are facing an acute labour shortage due to the sharp decline in temporary foreign working holiday makers: We have also been told that there are insufficient Australians willing or able to do the work, leading to calls to open Australia’s international


US sensibly lifts skilled visa salary threshold

Earlier this year, the Economic Policy Institute released research proving that the United States’ temporary skilled visa scheme (H1B) has been ruthlessly exploited by employers to undercut American wages. The analysis was based on the Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which constructs a distribution of wages for each occupation in a specific


Farmers screaming “shortage” won’t employ young Aussies

The myth that Australia’s farms are experiencing massive labour shortages due to a dearth of Australians willing to do the work has been exposed again by the New Daily: The government and peak farming body have been left scrambling to find ways to help unemployed Australians land fruit picking work after The New Daily revealed


Report: Why Australia shouldn’t fear an ageing population

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has released an excellent new report, entitled “Silver tsunami or silver lining? Why we should not fear an ageing population”, written by Queensland academic Dr Jane O’Sullivan. The report expertly debunks the notion that an Ageing population poses a material risk to the Australian economy, alongside self-defeating arguments that Australia needs


72% of Aussies do not want a bigger population

Dr Bob Birrell and Dr Katharine Betts from the Australian Population Research Institute have released a new research paper examining Australian voters’ attitudes towards immigration, which is based on a random survey of 2,029 voters conducted from October/November 2019. Below is the Executive Summary along with the key charts: Until Covid-19 a Big Australia seemed


Alan Kohler: Australia must wean itself off mass immigration

One of the best things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has caused Australia to confront its over-reliance on mass immigration rather than productivity to drive growth. In the ABC video above, Alan Kohler confronts the issue, arguing that Australia has become addicted to population growth and now must be weened.


Farm labour shortage myth exposed again

The claim that Australia’s farms are facing massive labour shortages due to an unwillingness from Australians to do the work has been exposed by the New Daily: Unemployed Australians say they are struggling to get farm work and are dismissed as ‘lazy’ by employers, despite the industry complaining of a massive shortfall in workers. The


Environmentalists must confront population problem

Fresh from shamelessly pumping mass immigration propaganda, The Conversation has published a more balanced article calling for environmentalists to confront the world’s bulging population: Brown recently declared the world’s population must start to decline before 2100, telling The Australian newspaper: “We are already using more than what the planet can supply and we use more than the


Broken visa system keeps delivering wrong skills

The total permanent Migration Program outcome for 2019–20 was 140,366 places, of which 95,843 places were delivered in the Skill stream. According to analysis of visa data by SBS News, accountants, registered nurses, cooks, chefs and restaurant workers were the main occupations to receive permanent residency visas last financial year: A quick glance at the


Deloitte pushes population panic button

Deloitte chief economist, Chris Richardson, has long been a vocal proponent of mass immigration and previously called for Australia to lift its already turbo-charged immigration levels. So, it’s not surprising that Deloitte is the latest economic outfit to sound the alarm over Australia’s lower population projections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: When borders open


The Conversation pumps immigration propaganda

The Conversation has turned into useful idiots for the capitalist elites, publishing a blatant propaganda puff piece entitled “We need to restart immigration quickly to drive economic growth”. Let’s quickly examine the article’s main arguments for rebooting mass immigration: Faced with a difficult economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia needs to act quickly with


It’s official: Immigration is collapsing

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) yesterday released its Overseas Arrivals and Departures data for August, which revealed that immigration has collapsed to its lowest level since mid-2003: In the year to August 2020, net long-term arrivals were 156,960, down 45% from the 283,860 recorded in February before Australia’s border restrictions came into effect due


Lies, damned lies and population statistics

Demographic researcher, Mark McCrindle, has taken scaremongering over Australia’s lower projected population growth to new lows: Australia could finish the decade with up to 1.7 million fewer people than had previously been forecast as a result of the “large and likely long-lasting” effects of the global coronavirus pandemic… In McCrindle’s first scenario, “the snap back”,


Population dishonesty spews from Aussie media

The Australian media has already begun to spread a web of lies over the federal budget’s population projections, warning of a dire population collapse. According to The Age, the latest budget forecasts will see “Victoria’s population down 400,000“: The state worst-hit by the pandemic is now expected to have almost 400,000 fewer people by the


Labor outraged at migrant English language requirements

The federal budget included the below measure indicating that an English language requirement will be introduced for partner visas and their permanent resident sponsors: As noted above: “These changes will help support English language acquisition and enhance social cohesion and economic participation outcomes”. Elaborating on the measure, Prime Minister Scott Morrison clarified that applicants will


Australia faces an unprecedented property glut

As reported earlier, the federal government has forecast Australia’s first outward movement of net overseas migration (NOM) since the Second World War, which will drive Australia’s population growth to its lowest level since 1942: Population growth across Australia’s jurisdictions is also forecast to slow dramatically, with NSW’s population even forecast to fall slightly in 2020-21:


Budget forecasts lowest population growth since WW2

Tucked away deep in Budget Paper 3 were the below forecasts for net overseas migration (NOM), with the Treasury’s Centre for Population now expecting NOM will turn negative for the first time since the Second World War (WW2), recording declines of -71,600 in 2020-21 and -21,600 in 2021-22, before recovering to 95,900 in 2022-23 and


US raises salary threshold for skilled visas

Earlier this year, the Economic Policy Institute released research showing that the United States’ temporary skilled visa scheme (H1B) has been used by employers to undercut local workers’ wages. The analysis is based upon the Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which constructs a distribution of wages for each occupation in a specific geographic


Economists: Dump population ponzi for productivity

Herald Sun Business Columnist Terry McCrann is one of the few commentators that ‘gets it’. McCrann has told Sky News’ Peta Credlin that Australia needs to abandon its “population ponzi” policy of mass immigration in favour of productivity driven growth: “I hope that we actually get a refocus coming out of this virus, coming out