Peter Dutton, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, has announced Australia’s immigration targets for 2017-18. Once again, we are sorry to report that there are no surprises. For the fifth year in a row, the Government has set the Migration target at 190,000. And, as announced in 2015, the Humanitarian program has risen to 16,250 for 2017-18.
We previously noted that, combined, Australia’s two immigration programs add the equivalent of Hobart’s population each year. This is a burden on existing infrastructure and adversely affects our environmental and economic sustainability, social cohesion and cultural integrity.
Our ‘new normal’ status quo of high immigration seems not to have been found worthy of report in any of the commentary on the federal Budget during the past week. This is surprising, given the pre-Budget comments made by several ‘immigration aware’ critics (e.g. Judith Sloan at The Australian, and Andrew Bolt, Steve Price, Tom Elliott via various channels). If you have noticed any media that’s critical of our current immigration policy folly, please do let us know.
Update, 20 May 2017:
Update, 30 May 2017:
So when you next hear Dutton blathering on about getting tough on refugees and 457 visa holders and the like, bear in mind that on the big issue he has simply squibbed it.
If the government really had wanted to demonstrate its determination to improve housing affordability and the related pressures on urban infrastructure, it would have slashed the migration program numbers, but it was clearly too hard. The vested interests have had their way.