The impact of Melbourne’s #PopulationGrowth on local communities

Victoria First Inc was launched last December and hosted a well-attended meeting in February. It advocates a reduction in Australia’s immigration program.

Kelvin Thomson MP, the group’s President, has announced details of the next public meeting. As Victoria First’s website is still in development, we are pleased to assist by publishing information about the meeting here:

Date:   Saturday 29 March 2014

Time:   from 2 pm sharp to 4 pm

Venue:   Central Ringwood Community Centre, Bedford Park, Bedford Road, Ringwood

Melway:   Map 49 Ref J 8

Transport tips:   The nearest railway station is Ringwood; car-parking is available next to the Community Centre

Guest speaker:   Professor Michael Buxton, RMIT University

Topic:   “The impact of Melbourne’s population growth on local communities”

Further information about the meeting and Victoria First Inc is available from the Secretary, Julianne Bell, via email (jbell5@bigpond.com).

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“Is immigration good for Britain?” No, but it’s worse for Australia

New data from the United Kingdom about immigration makes for an interesting comparison with the Australian situation.

Part of the UK’s population increase in the year ending September 2013 was due to a net migration intake of 212,000. As The Independent noted, this was a massive increase on the previous year and Prime Minister Cameron is clearly under pressure.

Contrast that with Australia’s numbers at the same time. In the year ending June 2013, Australia’s net overseas migration was 244,400 people. That’s 32,400 more than the UK!

Obviously, the UK’s population is much larger than ours. In mid-2012, their population was 63.7 million while ours was 22.7 million (just over one third of the UK’s).

It’s no wonder that our immigration program has such a massive impact on Australian society – our infrastructure, services, environment and culture are all suffering.

We can understand why 89% of respondents said NO when asked by the BBC last November “Is immigration good for Britain?”

Will Prime Minister Abbott recognise Australians’ concerns about the pressures caused by high immigration? He has an opportunity in the May budget to REDUCE IMMIGRATION when he sets targets for 2014-15.

Australians voting in the forthcoming South Australian and Tasmanian elections on 15 March, and the Western Australian Senate election on 5 April, can emphasise their concern by writing REDUCE IMMIGRATION atop their ballot papers.

Please help spread the word to any voters you know in those constituencies!

AFTERWORD #1 (November 2014)

The UK government admitted that it could not meet its own immigration reduction targets (see The Telegraph, 23 November 2014).

Robert Henderson’s blog on 23 November 2014 carried this fascinating report: British Future report says 25% of British adults want all immigrants repatriated‏.

See also The Express (online): ‘Immigration cost us £118 billion in just 17 years‘ (5 November 2014).

AFTERWORD #2 (October 2015)

See also Daily Mail (online): ‘Migration is now a major fear for over half of Britons: Issue of shoring up borders sees six point rise in a month’ (1 October 2015). [This article draws on the the September 2015 Economist / Ipsos MORI issues index.]

Have your say on Australia’s refugee intake

The Herald Sun, a Melbourne-based newspaper, has launched an “issues survey” and invites the public to participate.

The survey includes two questions relating to immigration issues:

#55 of the 60-question survey asks:

Should Australia:

    • Increase our refugee intake?
    • Reduce our refugee intake?
    • Maintain the current refugee intake?

#56 requests a yes / no response to the question:

Do you support the Abbott Government’s tough stance
on asylum seekers who arrive by boat?

We encourage everyone to use this survey as a means of voicing opinion on these important issues that relate to Australia’s immigration and border-control policies.

Some of the other issues being canvassed by the 2014 survey relate to infrastructure and services that are under pressure due to Australia’s high immigration rate.

The Herald Sun has a good track record of surveying its readers on topical issues. In 2005, for instance, the paper reported that 69 percent of survey respondents had expressed concern about “immigration problems” and had recognised this as one of our biggest challenges. (An article discussing that survey’s results was published in The Social Contract, Winter 2004-2005, pages 124-125.)

To access the 2014 survey via the Herald Sun website, go to: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/have-your-say-in-the-herald-sun-issues-survey/story-fni0fit3-1226837616826

Alternatively, for direct access to the survey site you can go to: http://survey.websurveycreator.com/galaxy/readerssurvey

Please note that, to submit a valid response, you need to answer all 60 “issues” questions plus a few demographic questions at the end.

The Herald Sun launched its survey on 26 February 2014. No closing date appears to have been announced, but we urge our readers to respond as soon as possible in order to record their views.

We hope to be able to share the survey results, once they are released, via this website, and to use the results in our REDUCE IMMIGRATION campaign.