Immigration not needed to support #ageingpopulation

The short-sighted  ‘argument’ that Australia needs high immigration because of its ageing population was demolished more than two decades ago by the eminent ANU demographer Dr Christabel Young.

That this tired old cliché, so long ago refuted, is still routinely trotted out in 2014 indicates that the high immigration lobby is determined to remain in denial of the facts.

Dr Young’s chapter in Immigration, Population and Sustainable Environments: The Limits to Australia’s Growth (1991, The Flinders Press) is ‘Let’s have some demography in Australia’s population policy’.

The 1991 book remains a landmark in the genre, held by over 50 university, specialist and public libraries in Australia and others overseas.




Melbourne broadcaster Tom Elliott has raised a radical question, ‘Should we give the states the power to refuse immigrants?’ on his blog and in a radio interview on 9 October with Victoria’s Planning Minister, Matthew Guy.

At present, of course, immigration is ‘controlled’ at national (not state) level by the Australian Government. Allowing each state the right to control its own borders would shatter the federation that enabled the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. But well-managed state control would enable citizens to reclaim the quality of life and environment that is disappearing as our population expands unsustainably due to high immigration.

Minister Guy paid little heed to Elliott’s creative thinking. Instead, he responded predictably: ‘We need population growth and we need overseas migration… We have Plan Melbourne [and] infrastrcture projects to manage population growth as we can see it coming.’

Someone who has been watching that growth advancing and increasing over many years is another journalist, John Masanauskas. Not afraid to tell things as he sees them, his writing is well represented in our bibliography of articles that provide insights into why immigration should be reduced.

The title of  Masanauskas’ latest piece, ‘Melbourne faces “future shock” with booming population’ (Herald Sun, 9 October 2014) says it all, and prompted Elliott’s afternoon theme on the same day. In the two days since publication of Masanauskas’ article, over 140 supportive comments were posted online at the foot of the article.

Readers who will be in Melbourne on Monday 13 October are reminded of an important public meeting, The Big Population Debate. The President of Victoria First (Kelvin Thomson MP) and the Lord Mayor of Melbourne (Robert Doyle) will discuss the question, ‘Will Melbourne still be the most liveable city by 2050?’. The debate begins at 5.30 pm sharp, at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.

People outside Melbourne can get a sense of Thomson’s arguments from his blog. The most recent post criticises an infrastructure project that plans to recruit workers from overseas rather than giving locals the chance to apply.

We remind all our readers that reducing net oversees migration is essential for Australia’s future. In November, Victorian voters will have the chance to express this view clearly by writing REDUCE IMMIGRATION in the blank space at the top of their ballot papers.

Spread the word!

‘BOOM GOES OUR CITY’ therefore #ReduceImmigration

Previous messageNext messageThe Australian Bureau of Statistics released its publication 3235.0 – Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2013 – on 28 August 2014.

The Herald Sun reported this on 30 August under the heading  ‘BOOM GOES OUR CITY’.

The concise p. 3 article (all of 43 words long!)‏ reads:

Melbourne’s population has outgrown Sydney’s in most age groups over the past five years, says a new Australian Bureau of Statistics report. Between 2008 and 2013, Melbourne grew by 416,500 to reach 4.35 million, while Sydney added 347,500 to reach 4.76 million.

Then on p. 4 of the same newspaper Jessica Marszalek writes about ‘10 million Chinese buyers look to buy Australian homes’. This longstanding problem is at last gaining significant attention across all media.

And there really is nothing we won’t sell, is there? – ‘Sick international children to pay for Royal Children’s Hospital beds and cures’.

Update, 25 February 2015: Following an enquiry into the enforcement of rules around foreign property investment, the Australian government has today proposed that foreign buyers of Australian real estate should pay an application fee of at least AUD $5,000. The fee will rise in proportion to the price being paid for the real estate. Click here to read the ABC’s coverage of this news.

We thank all who made submissions to the government enquiry and congratulate Simon Hosking whose petition via made a strong contribution. Click here to read his report on the result.

We are concerned, however, that the proposed fee structure will not be a sufficient deterrent to reduce the pressure on Australia’s housing stock for local residents. A reduction in immigration is also required.

Update, 5 September 2015: The ABC TV program, The Business, has exposed links between crime, money laundering and the Australian real estate / housing market. Watch ‘Warnings that Australian property is the target of foreign criminals’, broadcast on 3 September 2015, for a revealing, comprehensive update that, among other useful things, points out the fact that there has been some reluctance by successive Australian governments to rein it in.