Rupert Murdoch last night urged Australia to ‘throw open its doors’ to sustained high immigration. This is not the first time that the influential magnate has made this call, and we fear it won’t be the last.
He also said, ‘We must be open to immigrants, to their desire to improve themselves and to the resulting improvement in our country. I look at stalled immigration reform in the US, stalled by the intransigence of both Left and Right, and I see wasted opportunity for the country.’
Needless to say, we disagree. As, clearly, do a majority of our ‘intransigent’ friends in the USA.
Generalised statements such as Murdoch’s are rarely backed up by accurate numbers. It’s also the case that data about immigration is complicated and highly contested. Murdoch’s paper, The Australian, today adds to the confusion by publishing the results of its latest Newspoll survey under the heading, ‘Two-thirds majority back current or higher immigration intake’.
The survey actually revealed that only 22% of respondents want an increase to the intake, while 27% want a decrease. 48% say ‘stay the same as now’ – perhaps indicating a reluctance to express an opinion to a stranger over the telephone. The remaining 4% responded ‘None’ (does this mean ‘No immigrants at all?) or ‘Don’t know’.
The article interpreting the Newspoll data also reports that ‘just 14 per cent of Australians want to see more Muslim migrants, and 37 per cent favour a cut’. It could therefore easily have been retitled: ‘Two-thirds majority back current or lower immigration intake, and a third want fewer Muslims”.
Importantly, the article confirms that Australia has ‘the world’s largest per capita intake’.
And don’t we know it! The Migration Policy Institute estimates Australia’s intake in 2014 as 5.74 migrants per 1,000 head of existing population while the USA’s intake is 2.45 migrants per 1,000 head.
We take issue with the accuracy of the Newspoll survey which defies decades of data to the contrary. The REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on campaign is therefore a must for all those who want to see a decrease in Australia’s planned migration intake.