This website started life in 2013 at a time of high mass-immigration to Australia. It has supported a long-running campaign to reduce immigration.
COVID-19 and Australia’s consequent border closure on 27 March 2020 have caused a much-needed lull to Australia’s annual net overseas migration (NOM) intake. We are therefore pausing our write-on campaign, but don’t let that stop you writing REDUCE IMMIGRATION atop ballot papers at any opportunity in Australian elections, if you’d like to do so!
COVID-19 is an ill wind but, for the present, it has delivered some good: an emphatic and welcome pause to Australia’s last 40 years of damagingly-high, immigration-fuelled, rapid population growth, with its attendant social and environmental concerns.
COVID-19, through its international trade and people disruptions, has also unexpectedly exposed and highlighted Australia’s disquiet and fear of a now long-growing dependency on imported labour and necessities. Thankfully, serious and useful discussions are now being held towards planning for a much more self-reliant Australian self-sufficiency.
As Tom Dusevic observes, ‘COVID-19 has derailed the Big Australia express’ (‘Virus tipped to give us a migrant migraine’, The Australian, 25 September 2020, page 2). But the “Big Australia” crowd is only temporarily down, not yet out. They will be pushing their agenda as hard as they dare, as soon as they can. [See below for our post-Budget notes on 7 October 2020, and see also Dusevic’s survey article: ‘Does the pandemic mean the end of Big Australia?’, The Weekend Australian, 26-27 December 2020, pages 13-14.]
In March 2015, then federal Treasurer Joe Hockey told ABC Radio that “immigration is … a rather lazy way to try and grow your economy”. For a whole range of good reasons, and in synch with oft-polled public opinion on reducing immigration, then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott (and others in government who were sympathetic) could have reduced Australia’s NOM by (say) 30,000 each year thereafter. That would have brought the NOM numbers back down – in a controlled, gradual way – towards the level of the Howard government’s early years. Why didn’t Abbott and his government take action? Had they been ‘captured by Treasury’ on immigration? – a charge that Abbott later levelled against Scott Morrison.
Such graduated, ongoing, annual immigration reductions, if started in 2015, would have seen us adapt more easily to today’s circumstances, thus easing the immigration headache and avoiding the migraine altogether.
27 September 2020
The Australian Government’s Budget for 2020-21:
will ‘maintain the 2020-21 Migration Program planning level at 160,000‘ (Budget Paper 2, Part 1, page 9), as set in 2019-20
will ‘set a ceiling on the Humanitarian Program of 13,750 places’ (Budget Paper 2, Part 2, page 108), representing a reduction from the 2018-19 Humanitarian and Refugee allocation of 18,750 places
projects Net Overseas Migration falling this year and next, but climbing back to 201,100 in 2023-24. (Budget Paper 3, Appendix A, Table A.5)
Overall, population growth is expected to fall from 1.2 per cent last financial year (2019-20) to 0.2 per cent this year and 0.4 per cent in 2021-22.
There is a helpful presentation of this information here: ‘What Impact Will a Falling Population Have on the Economy?’, Budget 2020: An ABC TV News Special, 6 October 2020.
7 October 2020
Here is the text that would head this page if there were no global pandemic:
Australia’s annual net overseas migration (NOM) intake has more than doubled over the last two decades. In 1998 the NOM intake was 90,000. In the year ended March 2020, NOM added 220,500 people to the population, and accounted for 61.8 per cent of Australia’s total population growth. At that time, our annual population growth rate of 1.4% – a decade ‘low’ for Australia – was still one of the highest in the developed world.
Bipartisanship across the major political parties has kept the idea of a lower immigration intake from becoming a real electoral issue, let alone the political reality. Both major parties are committed to high immigration. The REDUCE IMMIGRATION campaign does not oppose all immigration, but believes that policy change is needed because high immigration adversely affects our environmental and economic sustainability, social cohesion and cultural integrity.
This write-on campaign encourages Australian voters to express their objection to excessive immigration and to influence our immigration policy by adding a message to ballot papers in local, state and federal elections. Such write-on activity does not invalidate the ballot, does not make the vote informal, and does not contravene any laws.
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You can write the REDUCE IMMIGRATION message on any ballot paper – whether for federal, state or local government elections, or for referendums. Immigration affects every level of government because it impacts every aspect of Australian life, including border control, resources, infrastructure, education, plus health, community and human services. Whichever way you choose to vote, you can also use your ballot papers at any election to send the message about the direction in which immigration numbers should go.
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