Who? How many? At what cost? – Our views on #Immigration intake for @ozprodcom

We have today submitted a response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Migrant Intake into Australia.

The frankness of the Commission’s Issues Paper was welcome, and the range of information it contained was useful.

Among other things, we recommended:

  • The phased reduction of net overseas migration to between 70,000 and 80,000 per annum
  • Change to the current system of determining immigrant intakes
  • The introduction of a fee of $300,000 per capita for each successful permanent immigrant
  • The cancellation of the present investment visa classes

You can read our full submission as a PDF here. We welcome feedback!

[Update on 19 June 2015: Our submission has today been uploaded by the Productivity Commission to its webpage, as #48 in the list of submissions they have received. Click here to access all the submissions to the inquiry.]

[Update on 13 November 2015: The Productivity Commission has today released its draft report, Migrant Intake into Australia. Elements from our submission are reported in Box 4.2 (page 115) and Box 6.2 (page 186). Unfortunately, the focus of the report’s recommendations is on immigrants, not on ‘incumbent Australians’ or the environment. Written comments can now be submitted on the draft report, up to Friday 18 December 2015.]

[Update on 25 September 2016: This website was represented at both days of the Productivity Commission’s public hearings in Melbourne on 7 and 8 December 2015. The inquiry report was handed to the Australian Government on 13 April 2016 and publicly released on 12 September 2016.]

Meanwhile, there is an opportunity to comment on an allied matter. The Australian Government has recently launched a discussion paper, Australian Citizenship – your right, your responsibility, and invites comments by 30 June 2015.

As background reading on the complexities of dual citizenship and its downsides, you might like to read ‘Reforming Dual Citizenship in the United States’ by Stanley Renshon (2005), available here.