When can we next campaign for writing “Reduce Immigration” on ballots?

As mentioned elsewhere on this website, it’s possible to write REDUCE IMMIGRATION on many types of ballot papers at Local, State and Federal levels. Future opportunities include:

Referenda

A referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution could be put up “not later than the end of the current parliament”,  according to Attorney General, George Brandis (as reported in The Australian on 3 October 2013).

State and Territory elections

Forthcoming elections are scheduled as follows:

South Australia – 15 March 2014
Tasmania – on or before 17 May 2014
Victoria – 29 November 2014
New South Wales – 28 March 2015
Queensland – no later than 20 June 2015
Northern Territory – August 2016
Australian Capital Territory – 15 October 2016
Western Australia – 11 March 2017
We’d happily support REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on campaigns in conjunction with any/all of these opportunities. Please get in touch if you’d like to assist. 
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This website is now being archived by the National Library of Australia

We are delighted to advise that the National Library of Australia is now archiving our REDUCE IMMIGRATION website on a regular basis, and is making the archive publicly accessible via its PANDORA Archive at http://nla.gov.au/nla.arc-142621

This means that:

  • researchers will be able to view the way the site looks at different times as it develops
  • future generations will be able to view an archived version of our work, even if the site is not able to be maintained

Naturally, we aim to keep the site active for many years to come, and welcome all suggestions and contributions toward that goal.

Fenner conference recommends “new” population policies

On 10 and 11 October, Sustainable Population Australia hosted the 2013 Fenner Conference on the environment at the Australian Academy of Science. The theme was “Population, Resources and Climate Change – Implications for Australia’s near future”.

The panel of speakers could be described as distinguished. Alternatively, they were nearly all the well-meaning usual suspects, local and visiting, saying it all again to each other. We wonder how many of these good folk heard about the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on? … promoted it to friends, family and colleagues? … and actually wrote the slogan on their ballot papers in September?

We’ve heard that Kelvin Thomson MP indicated that there may be another new population organisation in formulation. And a third-hand rumour from the conference sidelines is that zero/nil net migration might be back as a concept, so Groundhog Day may be with us again…

Our sense of a time-loop is prompted by the fact that it was 20 years ago, in 1993, that the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) adopted zero/nil net migration as part of its updated population policy, having been prodded in this direction by diligent members for five years or so. Zero net migration was already a policy platform for Australians Against Further Immigration, since its inception in 1988. Both the Australian Democrats and then the Greens adopted zero/nil net migration policies in 1994/95. Regrettably, none of the ACF, Democrats or Greens ever effectively promoted or politicised the policy – and eventually they all watered it down, buried it, or abandoned it entirely over time.

Coming back to the present: the 2013 Fenner Conference agreed on a Declaration.  It recognises “that global population continues to grow by 80 million, and Australia’s by 400,000 annually of which 60 per cent comes from net overseas migration“. The Declaration calls on Australians and their governments “to develop policies to stabilise Australia’s population”.

Whilst we congratulate Sustainable Population Australia on another successful conference and for drawing attention to the latest data (Australian Demographic Statistics, March 2013) concerning our population growth, we believe that policies to stabilise the size of our population can only work after the rapid re-formulation of policies that will REDUCE IMMIGRATION to Australia.

Meanwhile, how about encouraging everyone to write REDUCE IMMIGRATION atop their ballot papers?

Update, 23 April 2015: The proceedings of the 2013 Fenner conference were published in December 2014 as Sustainable Futures: Linking Population, Resources and the Environment, edited by Jenny Goldie and Katharine Betts. The book can be ordered from the publisher, CSIRO Publishing.

Further results from our federal election campaign

Did you write REDUCE IMMIGRATION on your ballot papers for September’s federal election? If so, many thanks.

Many readers have asked us about the impact of the recent write-on campaign. We all appreciate that the Australian Electoral Commission counts votes, not write-on slogans – meaning that it is unlikely that we will ever know how many write-ons were stimulated by our campaign. When the AEC produces its final report on the election, however, we’ll be looking for references and information that might assist us in understanding the impact of our activity.

Meanwhile, we can advise that the poll has been officially declared in the Victorian division of Flinders where Denis McCormack and Paul Madigan stood as Independent candidates. The final figures reveal that Madigan and McCormack gained a combined 1.26% of the first-preference vote. We remind readers that these candidates stood not to attract votes, but to promote the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on campaign.

As we noted in our post on the day after the election, their combined result compares very well with the voting in Flinders for candidates from the minor registered political parties: we trounced the Family First Party (1.16%), the Australian Christians (0.56%), the Rise Up Australia Party (0.51%) and the Non-Custodial Parents Party (0.23%).

We are grateful to The Independent Australian whose editor has recently analysed the results gained by registered parties that campaigned overtly on issues relating to population and immigration. His article, ‘How did the parties with low immigration policies fare in the election?’, includes some interesting reflections that might stimulate fresh approaches by those parties in their future electoral campaigns.

Once again, we congratulate Mr Madigan and Mr McCormack on their energetic campaigning for the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on, and their positive results in Flinders.