Here’s a good idea! #SSM2017 #ReduceImmigration

We know that a picture’s worth a thousand words. And this good idea only adds two to the survey form!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When sending back your YES or NO, consider writing REDUCE IMMIGRATION in the blank space atop the form.

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Ritualised xenophilia takes over #AustraliaDay

The lead-up to Australia Day 2017 has seen the annual, new-normal recrudescence of largely taxpayer-funded slights to traditional and still predominantly white Australia. These insults take the form of incessant, omnipresent urging for more acceptance of multiculturalism / diversity, and the encouragement of high rates of immigration from source countries that are both culturally very different to traditional Australia and are also proving problematic.

Most of these slights are organised and orchestrated by renegade, self-loathing, predominantly white Australians among the appointed elites of government, media and elsewhere. We don’t have the time, the energy, or the stomach to report these in detail, but we can note that a moment of sanity occurred earlier this month when widespread public outrage caused an advertiser to take down a billboard that promoted Australia Day via an image of two Muslim girls wearing hijabs. This ripple in the pond was quickly settled by the elites’ crowd-funding efforts to reinstate the advertisement. Suffice it to say, the lunatics still run the asylum.

The take-over and degradation of Australia Day by the proponents of multiculturalism, diversity and high immigration has continued apace in recent decades. An overwhelming number of Government and  taxpayer-funded administrative propagandist appointees (whether as award-winners, partners, sponsors or ambassadors), state by state and nationally, are connected with the national broadcasters (the ABC and SBS), the Immigration Department, the multicultural-diversity industry, big business, the Big Australia lobby, and so on – as mentioned by Andrew Bolt last November.

Let’s reflect on some aspects of this take-over, and why the well spread and well paid, ever watching, politically correct forces have felt the need to do so.

In 1984, Australia’s pre-eminent historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey comprehensively nailed the problem. His book All for Australia surveyed the scope and costs of our immigration program, noting the directly-imported racial, ethnic and socio-cultural issues even though he didn’t dwell as much as we do today on the environmental impacts, i.e. high population growth rates are ultimately unsustainable on the world’s oldest, driest and least fertile land mass (except for Antarctica).

In The Australian of 9 March 1995, Professor Blainey wrote: ‘The prostitution of Australian citizenship took place under Bob Hawke. To read the parliamentary debates is to look in vain for any mention of what is in the interests of Australia as a whole’.

On 11 October 2000, Australia’s longest serving Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock admitted: ‘Many public policy decisions resonate over decades. Indeed, the effect of some only becomes apparent years after they have been taken’. After having been paid handsomely in Federal Parliament for over 40 years to foster, knowingly, the harmful public policies of long-term mass immigration and multiculturalism, Ruddock is now raking in from taxpayers an extra $300,000 p.a. as ‘our’ inaugural roving ‘Human Rights Envoy’. This is on top of a huge swag of superannuation entitlements for retiring from Parliament, or ‘getting out of the way’. Remember him crossing the floor against John Howard’s mild August 1988 ‘slow down Asian immigration’ comments? (Ruddock has cumulatively been paid millions over many years for helping governments to do irreparable damage to Australia, so why would anyone in their right mind think giving him this latest sinecure is a good idea?)

Today, 26 January 2017…

… watch the now ritual TV reports and footage from Australia Day citizenship ceremonies around the country – and weep.

… watch the predictable results of recent years’ subcontracting-out of the whole Australia Day farce to the elites – and

… observe the ABC’s increasingly heavy handed and proprietorial attitude to p.c. promotions of all things Australia Day, and feel your skin creep at what has become ritualized xenophilia at the expense of traditional Australia.

The REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on idea is still being steadfastly ignored by the elites and mainstream media, but it remains the only avenue we can all use in the same way on the same day to politicise the same huge cluster issue. In just two words, safely but surely, the REDUCE IMMIGRATION idea can be conveyed as a message written by voters on their ballot papers.

You may well ask why public figures and organisations that understand the negative impacts on Australia of high immigration have failed to embrace the REDUCE IMMIGRATION campaign.

Australia Day 2017 is a good time to contact folk such as Dick Smith, Andrew Bolt, Bob Carr and Kelvin Thomson, and organisations such as the Sustainable Australia Party, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Greens, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation et al. Please ask them to endorse the non-partisan REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on idea, or to explain their unwillingness to do so.

If you get an answer from any of them, please let us know!

 

Postscript (added 24 February 2017)

Ours was not the only voice speaking out against the ritualised xenophilia of Australia Day this year. Here are a couple of articles that we’ve seen; let us know about any others that you’ve found.

Greg Sheridan, ‘If Australia Day is illegitimate, so are we’The Australian, 2 February 2017.

Sherry Sufi, ‘Australia Day lamb ad more divisive than inclusive’, Perth Now, 20 January 2017.

2016 #Ausvotes: the ‘complaint box’ on immigration isn’t working

As the counting of votes in the 2 July Australian federal election approaches conclusion, we congratulate the candidates who declared their commitment to a lower rate of immigration. It was pleasing to note the increased spread of candidates and registered parties with policies to reduce immigration by one means or another.

At the foot of this post are their results as at 30 July. These results suggest that people vote to elect a government rather than devote their primary vote to a single issue – even if it’s an over-arching issue like immigration.

We tried to help by offering a non-partisan focus. We emailed our website’s REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on message to various parties and independent candidates standing on high immigration and multicultural policy related concerns but received no real feedback. From what we could observe of their platforms and concerns on-line, we found no evidence of any of them spreading the word which could so easily have informed vast numbers of similarly concerned voters across the entire political spectrum on how to help themselves by simply writing REDUCE IMMIGRATION atop ballot papers…

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party did well in the polls, and anticipates gaining three seats in the Senate. They have the advantage of having a media-created, high public profile over the last two decades. Their recent electoral revival is likely to be partly due to that factor, and partly because the electorate wanted to lodge a protest vote to express general dissatisfaction with the Coalition / Labor bipartisan status quo on a whole range of serious issues.

We also know that during the 2013 federal election campaign Pauline Hanson ignorantly and specifically rejected the RI write-on idea on the erroneous notion that it would make such votes invalid (see: https://reduceimmigration.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/setting-the-record-straight-re-origin-of-temporary-protection-visas).

This sort of know-it-all mixture of ignorance, partisan obstinacy and mismanagement has long been Hanson’s Achilles heel. There are 14 million out of 15 million voters out there to whom Hanson does not appeal. We know the majority millions of immigration sceptics are spread throughout both the major parties’ voters and the wider spectrum, and that if they knew about the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on, they’d do it.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party targeted Muslim immigration this time around because the party acknowledges nationwide concern about the socio-cultural impact of non-Western migration. By contrast, the Sustainable Australia (SA) party expressed the environmental impact and infrastructure establishment costs of high migration well, and with substantial advertising for the first time, but underplayed the socio-cultural consequences deliberately.

According to a SA party post-election email on 6 July, “Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch and Nick Xenophon ate our lunch. We had picked the right issue – immigration, on which to make big inroads. News Ltd research showed it was in the top three concerns for the Australian electorate going into the last week. Our whole campaign was tailored to catch this wave of community concern about the record immigration intake.”

The real problem was identified by Geoffrey Blainey in his landmark book, All for Australia (1984). It is well worth re-reading, both for its insights into the way governments and trade unions brought about a massive policy shift, and for the sense that little has changed over the intervening 32 years – except that migrant numbers and the diversity of their source countries have increased further, and the migrants are being settled more widely across Australia, not only in particular suburbs of capital city metropolitan areas. On pages 141-2 of his excellent book, Blainey asked ‘Where is the complaint box?’:

The newcomers have been told their rights and been given government money to set up their ethnic organizations, and told how to make their protests and express themselves. The old Australians in contrast are no longer sure what rights they possess. Their dissent is now concentrated on private talk and indignation expressed amongst friends … in the name of Tolerance, an intolerance has been imposed by those powerful respectable civic authorities coming from outside the affected suburbs.

An obvious channel for complaints against unpopular policy is the ballot box – but this is effective as a ‘complaint box’ only if the parties are well organised, their policies are framed with intelligence, and the vote is not split across myriad small groups. Since Blainey wrote, a variety of political parties and movements have attempted to harness the public concern sparked by Australia’s high net overseas immigration rate. A highlight was the Australians Against Further Immigration party (AAFI).

From 1990 to late 1996, AAFI contested three Federal Elections and nearly every by-election in between. It attracted lies and misrepresentation, but also the attention and staunch support Graeme Campbell, MHR, Kalgoorlie. In the first by-election AAFI contested on 11 May 1991, Menzies in Victoria, the AAFI vote was 6.8% (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menzies_by-election,_1991)- ‘…a creditable vote for a new and mildly controversial small party, its result close to a translatable quota in a double dissolution full senate election scenario…’ said Pru Goward when interviewing the AAFI Menzies by-election candidate on ABC radio the Monday after the election, and the 9 TV network’s 60 Minutes segment of June 1991 on AAFI’s Menzies result and consequent critique of high mass immigration presented by Jeff McMullen was informative, understanding, and supportive of AAFI’s stance. A AAFI candidate first out polled the Democrats at the South Australian Bonython by-election with 6.82% on 19 March 1994 and another AAFI candidate in the NSW Warringah by-election the next week, 26 March 1994 garnered 13.5%.

In 2016, the Australian electorate has, once again, largely bypassed the opportunity to vote for the candidates who want immigration reduced.

Would they have loved to write REDUCE IMMIGRATION atop their ballot papers on polling day if the mainstream media had had the honesty to discuss the utility of the write-on campaign? They sure would have. Do have a look at the meagre coverage we were able to squeeze for the RI write-on this time around:
https://reduceimmigration.wordpress.com/links/media-coverage-relating-to-the-campaign/

As regular readers of this site know, every election, anywhere, any level – local, state, federal – gives voters the opportunity to write the REDUCE IMMIGRATION message on ballot papers. This is a far better, real, available, extant, anonymous, quantifiable approach. It is already a powerful version of Professor Blainey’s ‘complaint box’.

If only each party and candidate supporting a lower rate of immigration would also promote the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on concept, then scrutineers, the media, the parties and therefore the politicians would take note of the widespread public concern and we might see improved policy action by governments.


 

Election results as at 30 July 2016

These are the candidates who stood on a ‘reduce immigration’ platform, as far as we are aware. Please contact us if we have inadvertently omitted any others.

 

Australia First

3.03%       Susan Jakobi (House of Representatives, Lalor, Vic)

2.09%       Victor Waterson (House of Representatives, McMahon, NSW)

1.46%       John Kearney (House of Representatives, Solomon, NT)

1.20%       Jim Saleam (House of Representatives, Lindsay, NSW)

0.22%       Brian McRea & Lyn Vickery (Senate team for WA)

 

Australian Liberty Alliance

6.08%       Ron Pike (House of Representatives, Farrer, NSW)

3.59%       Tony Duncan (House of Representatives, Bowman, Qld)

3.52%       John Spellman (House of Representatives, Fisher, Qld)

3.46%       Shaun Spain (House of Representatives, Forde, Qld)

2.36%       Steve Roddick (House of Representatives, Lindsay, NSW)

1.92%       Peter Kelly (House of Representatives, Bradfield, NSW)

1.88%       Rob Windred (House of Representatives, Hinkler, Qld)

1.85%       Carl Halley (House of Representatives, Macquarie, NSW)

1.80%       David Archibald (House of Representatives, Curtin, WA)

1.61%       Matt Darragh (House of Representatives, Griffith, Qld)

1.11%       Debbie Robinson & Dr Marion Hercock (Senate team for WA)

1.07%       Bernard Gaynor, Alan Biggs & Chelle Dobson (Senate team for Qld)

0.94%       Caleb Wells (House of Representatives, Longman, Qld)

0.66%       Kirralie Smith & Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson (Senate team for NSW)

0.65%       Daniel Jones (Senate candidate for Vic)

0.42%       Wanda Marsh (Senate candidate for SA)

0.33%       Tony Robinson (Senate candidate for Tas)

 

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

20.90%     Rod Smith (House of Representatives, Wright, Qld)

19.16%     Damian Huxham (House of Representatives, Hinkler, Qld)

17.83%     Lynette Keehn (House of Representatives, Maranoa, Qld)

17.15%     Phil Baker (House of Representatives, Flynn, Qld)

15.60%     Elise Cottam (House of Representatives, Wide Bay, Qld)

15.58%     Troy Aggett (House of Representatives, Blair, Qld)

13.53%     Geoff Virgo (House of Representatives, Herbert, Qld)

13.05%     Graham Burston (House of Representatives, Paterson, NSW)

11.96%     Brenden Ball (House of Representatives, Fadden, Qld)

9.74%       Robert Pasquali (House of Representatives, Fairfax, Qld)

9.42%       Michelle Pedersen (House of Representatives, Longman, Qld)

9.14%       Pauline Hanson, Judy Smith, Fraser Anning & Malcolm Roberts (Senate team for Qld)

8.61%       Carter Edwards (House of Representatives, Dobell, NSW)

8.42%       Brad Trussell (House of Representatives, Oxley, Qld)

7.63%       Peter Rogers (House of Representatives, Leichhardt, Qld)

6.26%       Neil Smith (House of Representatives, Richmond, NSW)

4.09%       Brian Burston, Dean Mackin & Christine Bernier (Senate team for NSW)

4.02%       Peter Georgiou, Rodney Culleton & Ionna Culleton (Senate team for WA)

3.01%       Steven Burgess & Angelina Nicolis (Senate team for SA)

2.57%       Natasia Manzi & Kate McCulloch (Senate team for Tas)

1.83%       Ian Cameron & Simon Roylance (Senate team for Vic)

 

Sustainable Australia

1.05%       John Haydon & Martin Tye (Senate team for ACT)

0.69%       Chris Spike (House of Representatives, Sydney, NSW)

0.30%       Georgia Nicholls & Steven Armstrong (Senate team for Vic)

0.20%       Matt Moran & John Roles (Senate team for Qld)

0.17%       Greg Graham & William Bourke (Senate team for NSW)

 

Independents

1.18%       Diane Teasdale (House of Representatives, Murray, Vic)

0.01%       Kim Vuka (Senate candidate for Qld)

This #AustraliaDay, support @RealBobKatter call for cut to mass migration

Let’s all congratulate Bob Katter, MP for the federal electorate of Kennedy in northern Queensland, for adding his voice to the legions who already want our government to REDUCE IMMIGRATION.

In a recent media release, Katter called for ‘a cut to mass migration and for visas to be limited to one-half of the jobs generated annually in Australia’.

Speaking on the steps of Parliament House in Canberra with members of the Jewish and Sikh communities, David Adler and Amar Singh, Katter launched an online petition that gives us all the chance to have our say on issues relating to the current high levels of net overseas immigration.

Mr Katter’s Change.org petition requests the Australian Government to reduce the number of people coming into Australia on ‘term visas’, namely migration visas, s457 and s417 work visas and student visas:

We request that the current level of over 600,000 visas per year be reduced to a number that is one-half of the new jobs generated annually.

This would mean a reduction in the number of “term visas” from 620,000 per year to around 100,000 per year.

Comments made online by those who’ve already signed the petition show that there is strong and thoughtful support for reduced immigration levels and for Mr Katter’s initiative.

This Tuesday, 26 January 2016, is Australia Day, so let’s celebrate by taking a moment to sign the petition, and by sending Mr Katter an email to congratulate and encourage him.

Another method for influencing policy in regard to Australia’s unsustainable high immigration is through a plebiscite, with the necessary bipartisan support. We wrote about this in August 2015. In the current absence of such a strategy, the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on offers ALL voters the best (and only) method to influence decision-makers in all jurisdictions.

During this holiday period, we urge readers to spend a few moments reading our review of some immigration issues of special relevance to Australia during the past year, and our posts on previous Australia Days: in January 2014 we celebrated the opportunities offered by the great Australian innovation of the secret ballot, while in January 2015 we reflected on the admission of a shameful truth – that mass immigration is leading to the ‘benign cultural genocide’ of traditional Australia.

 

A mixed bag of news for #reduceimmigration in 2015

High immigration adversely affects our environmental and economic sustainability, social cohesion and cultural integrity. A summary of the continuing need for the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on campaign can be found in our Select Bibliography for 2015.

In the year just ending, immigration issues have created harrowing times for Europe and many other parts of the world. Here are a few items of special relevance to Australia.

The Good News…

Australia’s net overseas immigration (NOM) has reduced a little. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released (in Australian Demographic Statistics, June 2015) its preliminary estimates for the financial year 2014-15:

The preliminary estimate of net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 30 June 2015 (168,200 people) was 11.4%, or 21,600 people lower than the net overseas migration recorded for the year ended 30 June 2014 (189,800 people).

The Bad News…

  • Despite the slight fall in intake that’s reported above as Good News, the 2014-15 actual NOM figure represents 1.6 times the capacity of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, or approximately two federal electorates – that’s a lot of immigrants! And the immigration targets for Australia are still excessively high. For 2015-16, the government has provided for up to 190,000 permanent migration places and 13,750 humanitarian places, plus an additional 12,000 humanitarian places for Syrian refugees, with ongoing pressure to accept more.
  • At its AGM on 4 July 2015, Victoria First retreated from its earlier endorsement of the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on campaign, due to a short-sighted lack of courage by its Executive. (Their only fresh idea for the future is to fold their tent, and wind up the association – with their modest residual funds being directed to the Victorian & Tasmanian branch of Sustainable Population Australia.)

A Mixed Bag…

In September, the Australian Institute for Progress released its report on a survey conducted in November 2014, Australian Attitudes to Immigration. While the sample group was, by their own admission, severely limited through ‘a significant skew towards Greens and Labor’ – ‘we miss out on many blue-collar, working-class voters’ – the research valiantly attempts to wrestle with the complex issues associated with understanding how Australians view immigration. Nevertheless, the questions they pose are interesting, and the mixed bag of responses gives food for thought. Their media release on the launch of their report suggests that it reveals ‘a nation deeply divided on issues around immigration, refugee policy and arrivals from Islamic countries’ and shows that ‘Australians are not only polarised on immigration, but they are very much “talking past” one another – using the same words to indicate radically different things’. Many respondents, for example, are so fixated on the illegal arrival of refugees (part of the Humanitarian program) that they are unable to comment rationally on the larger immigration program and picture. Every day, we see and hear such distortion of perception reflected in the media; this report epitomises the problem, but also lays a foundation for further research on complex and thorny issues.

Still Pending…

  • In November, the Productivity Commission 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). As we noted at the time, the focus of the report’s recommendations is unfortunately on immigrants, not on ‘incumbent Australians’ or the environment. Public hearings on the draft report were held in December. At the Melbourne hearings, the REDUCE IMMIGRATION arguments were made persuasively by several speakers who out-numbered those from the pro-immigration lobby. Submissions and transcripts are available on the Commission’s website. We await the final report in March 2016.
  • Plebiscites are an excellent way to assess public opinion as a guide to government action. Earlier this year we canvassed the idea of a REDUCE IMMIGRATION Yes/No plebiscite not long before (then) PM Tony Abbott rightly decided the people should have a say on the (less important than immigration levels) issue of  ‘Gay Marriage’. We have made sure the PM and many others have received our communications on the REDUCE IMMIGRATION plebiscite. We hope for its eventual inclusion!

If Only…

This year, if only they had known about the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on campaign, 7,199,273 Australian voters would have had the opportunity to send the REDUCE IMMIGRATION message through the electoral process (not counting local government polls). These were the people who lodged formal votes at the New South Wales state election (4,404,334), the Queensland state election (2,623,443), and at federal by-elections in Canning WA (89,717) and North Sydney (81,779).

If only a number of high-profile people and organisations who are on the public record as having concerns about Australia’s immigration-driven population growth had spoken up about this non-partisan campaign! For reasons not clear to us, the following have been dismissive up to now about the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on campaign: Dick Smith, Graham Turner, Bob Carr, Tim Flannery, Ian Lowe, Ross Gittins, Andrew Bolt, Rita Panahi, Tom Elliott, William Bourke, Kelvin Thompson, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Greens, Sustainable Population Australia and the Sustainable Population Party. Feel free to pester them on this issue!

Looking Ahead…

A federal election is due at some stage in 2016. Also, the Northern Territory is expected to go to the polls on 27 August 2016 and the Australian Capital Territory on 15 October 2016. See how to participate in the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on campaign, and check our FAQ page for further information.

We encourage all readers to spread news of the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on campaign to friends, family, elected representatives and influential leaders.

Happy New Year!

It’s 25 years since @TonyAbbottMHR’s best shot against #immigration and multiculturalism… so can he still be trusted?‏

On 31 May 1990, a journalist named Tony Abbott wrote a refreshing article as part of The Australian’s ‘IMMIGRATION DEBATE – A SPECIAL WEEK-LONG SERIES BY EXPERT COMMENTATORS ON THE ISSUES THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO AVOID’. By March 1994, Abbott had entered Federal Parliament at the Warringah by-election. He has been re-elected seven times since, and has been Prime Minister of Australia since September 2013. We publicised his opinion piece, ‘The real issue is the changing face of our society’, on this website in August 2013, when Abbott was still leader of the Opposition.

Twenty-five years ago, Abbott’s honest and patriotic writing robustly defended both academic Geoffrey Blainey and politician John Howard. His article was the first significant dust-up over things immigration since John Howard’s popular, but ultimately unsuccessful, 1988 immigration policy intervention – a move which cost him the Opposition leadership in 1989.

By inference, Abbott’s article also defended the position taken on immigration and multiculturalism by the political party Australians Against Further Immigration. AAFI was not invited to contribute to The Australian’s ‘special week-long series’ despite the so-called ‘debate’ being clearly prompted by dust kicked up around their first electoral challenge at the March 1990 Federal election.

Fast forward to this year, when PM Abbott foreshadowed (ABC 7.30 program, 20 February 2015) new legislation to deal with ‘home grown’ and imported jihadi terrorism security risks. This might seem to be a natural, easily-predicted, straight-line progression from his 1990 views:

TONY ABBOTT, PRIME MINISTER: We are a free and fair nation, but that doesn’t mean we should let bad people play us for mugs, and all too often, they have. Well, that’s going to stop.

DYLAN WELCH, REPORTER: Tony Abbott is planning tougher measures on terrorism. His announcement came days after police charged Kuwaiti national Mohammad Kiad and Iraqi refugee Omar al-Kutobi with planning a gruesome terrorist attack in Sydney.

TONY ABBOTT: Under the influence of the Islamist death cult, all you need to be a terrorist is a knife, a flag, a camera phone and a victim. That’s all you need. …… It’s clear to me that for too long we have given those who might be a threat to our country the benefit of the doubt. There’s been the benefit of the doubt at our borders, the benefit of the doubt for residency, the benefit of the doubt for citizenship and the benefit of the doubt at Centrelink. And in the courts, there has been bail, when clearly there should have been jail.

DYLAN WELCH: Lindt cafe gunman Man Monis ticked all those boxes. He was a refugee from Iran living on welfare. He was on bail for a string of sexual assault charges as well as his alleged involvement in the murder of his ex-wife.

Similarly, PM Abbott’s recent ‘Nope, nope, nope!’ reply to pleadings by the mainstream media for him to allow refugee / asylum entry to Australia by the latest boat people du jour, Bangladeshis and the Rohingya from Burma would seem straightforward enough. Having successfully staunched the inflow of boat people to Australia that, on coming to office, he inherited from the previous ALP administration, Abbott cannot now afford to flip back to courting such disaster again – even if influential commentators want to unleash another ‘Camp of the Saints’ wave of the unwanted upon Australia’s shores (#).

In his 2009 autobiography (and, arguably, his Prime Ministerial job application) Battlelines, Abbott provided a number of carefully couched apologies for his previously well considered, crafted and printed thoughts regarding immigration and multiculturalism policy problems. He asked readers to believe in his complete conversion (following his 1990s experience with Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy) from antagonist to believer in multiculturalism, and distanced himself further from his 1990 opinions by attributing them to the 1980s (see Battlelines, pages 161 to 163).

This anomaly was also noticed by journalist David Marr who in 2013 cited and commented critically on Abbott’s 1990 article. Marr clearly found Abbott’s anecdote about his own conversion to multiculturalism unconvincing, self-servingly convenient, and hard to believe:

It beggars belief, perhaps, but working with people like Sophie Mirabella nee Panopoulos in his mid thirties reconciled Abbott to multiculturalism. He told Paul Kelly [a long time political journalist at The Australian] a decade later: ‘I had been altogether too ungenerous to migrants. I had it wrong and I made a mistake.’

Source: David Marr, Political Animal: The making of Tony Abbott, 2013,
pages 80 and 81.

In late 2010/11, when European leaders Merkel, Sarkozy, the Dutch and Spanish PMs and the new British PM Cameron all in concert bagged multiculturalism as dangerous policy gone wrong, what did Australia do?  Our then-PM Julia Gillard and her Immigration Minister Chris Bowen spent tax-payers’ money to re-launch Multiculturalism in Australia. And what did ‘conservative’ Opposition leader Tony Abbott do? He agreed wholeheartedly with Gillard and reaffirmed his commitment to multiculturalism.

At a press conference when he became Opposition leader on 1 December 2009, Abbott said:

‘I probably should, I suppose, apologise now for all my errors of the past and make a clean breast of them … and ask the public to judge me from this point.’

Since winning government, Abbott has held to the ALP’s high annual immigration targets and has committed to a stepped increase to the humanitarian / refugee intake.

We don’t trust him to return publicly to his 1990 opinions, but we do like to remind Abbott that many Australian voters still agree with those views.

Please help PM Abbott understand what is important by spreading the REDUCE IMMIGRATION write-on idea far and wide! 

(#)   Jean Raspail, The Camp of the Saints, 1973. (Reprinted 1995 by The Social Contract Press). Reviewed here. (See our ‘Bookshelf’ page for other essential reading on immigration.)

Have your say on Australia’s high #Immigration and the need to #ReduceImmigration

There are two new opportunities for Australians to have a say on issues relating to our current high levels of net overseas immigration.

One is quick and easy to do. Sign the Change.org petition initiated by Planning Backlash Inc., calling for a referendum on Australia’s present high growth rate. The petition proposes an Australia-wide referendum question as follows:

‘Do you agree that Australia should keep on growing at the present rate because of the much higher immigration numbers that the government has introduced? Yes or No.’

Comments made online by those who’ve already signed the petition show that there is strong, thoughtful and sincere support for reduced immigration levels and for this referendum proposal.

The second opportunity is offered by the Productivity Commission which is conducting an inquiry into ‘Migrant Intake into Australia’. The Commission has released an Issues Paper that provides demographic and other data as a background to the inquiry. The main thrust of their investigation is into the use of charges (e.g. fees, taxes, impacts and effects) rather than quotas to determine the intake of temporary and permanent migrants into Australia. Importantly, the inquiry is open to comments on the cultural, social and demographic impacts of immigration and its agglomeration, environmental, amenity and congestion effects. We congratulate the Australian Government for initiating this inquiry.

You can register a brief comment online, through the Inquiry’s website, or lodge a more substantial submission. The due date for submissions is Friday 12 June 2015. Submissions are being published online as they are received, and already make interesting reading.

There is also an ongoing method for Australian voters to make known their desire to REDUCE IMMIGRATION. It’s a technique available to each voter at every election – federal, state and local. Follow any how-to-vote card that takes your fancy. Then use your ballot papers to express an additional message about the direction we want Australia to go in the future: write REDUCE IMMIGRATION in the clear space at the top of each ballot paper. (Any questions? Read our FAQ page!)

Don’t forget to let your family, friends and followers know about these opportunities.