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!