Australia’s annual immigration numbers have more than doubled between 1999 and 2017. Net overseas migration in the year ended June 2017 contributed the majority share (63.2%) of our annual population growth rate of 1.6%, one of the highest in the developed world. Announcing the June figures in late 2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Demography Director, Beidar Cho, said: ‘Australia’s net overseas migration for the year ending 30 June 2017 was 245,400, an increase of 27% from the previous 12 months (2015-16)’.
Bipartisanship across the major political parties has kept the idea of a lower immigration policy 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.
Around 70% of Australians are concerned about increased immigration into Australia and our high rate of population growth.
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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