A well-attended public meeting of Victoria First was held on Sunday 1 December 2013 to launch this new organisation.
We congratulate Kelvin Thomson MP on his initiative and careful planning, leading to successful decision-making on the day and a robust discussion session.
As reported in our earlier post, Victoria First intends to advocate for social and political change in order to:
- halt Melbourne’s rapid population growth
- achieve a reduction in Australia’s migration programs to the levels of the 1980s and 1990s, i.e. net 70,000 per annum compared with the 190,000 (sic) we have now
We believe that the current migration intake is actually much higher than Victoria First’s stated figure, but are pleased to support any coherent campaign to reduce immigration. The meeting learned that Victoria First intends to focus on grassroots initiatives, including the leafleting of particular electorates at decisive points.
Victoria First’s meeting was attended by several members of the REDUCE IMMIGRATION team, and Denis McCormack was able to promote our write-on campaign during the open discussion session.
Mr Thompson said in a message sent out after the launch: “Thank you to everyone who attended the first meeting of Victoria First. I was greatly encouraged by the attendance and the enthusiasm of all concerned, and by the generosity of those who became members. For those who were unable to attend please see the speech on Youtube from the launch.” (Note: while the sound of the first few minutes of the film is not clear, the rest of the film is fine.) A PDF document containing the text of Mr Thomson’s speech is available here.
A copy of the meeting resolutions is provided below. (Click on the document to enlarge it.)