Many of the reasons for reducing immigration have been outlined in a variety of publications over recent years. We can’t create a comprehensive bibliography of all immigration coverage, but here are some examples from print and online sources (in descending chronological order). Our focus is mostly but not exclusively on Australia. The bibliography is arranged in sections and you can ‘jump’ down this page (to the year or content that you’re interested in) by clicking the links here:
Articles, essays and interviews
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Articles, essays and interviews
Simon Benson, ‘Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge flags values test for migrants’, The Australian, 20 July 2018, p. 1.
Alan Tudge, ‘Border security plus Australian values equals social cohesion’, The Australian, 20 July 2018, p. 12.
‘Language and core values key to effective integration’, Editorial, The Australian, 20 July 2018, p. 13.
Greg Brown, ‘Coalition MPs back senator’s call for population inquiry’, The Australian, 19 July 2018, p. 5.
Ben Packham, ‘International student body’s alarm at Shorten’s stance on work visas’, The Australian, 19 July 2018, p. 5.
Chip Le Grand, ‘SA pleads for migrants while others are “bursting”’, The Australian, 18 July 2018.
James Elton-Pym, ‘One in ten regional migrants leave for city within 18 months’, SBS News, 18 July 2018.
Chip Le Grand, ‘Wake up’: population exposes lazy planning’, The Australian, 17 July 2018, p. 1.
Judith Sloan, ‘Bring it on: the population inquiry our elites don’t want‘, The Australian, 17 July 2018, p. 5.
Greg Brown, ‘PM pronounces senate inquiry into population “possible”’, The Australian, 17 July 2018, p. 5.
David Uren, ‘Bridging visa numbers soar as background checks get tougher’, The Australian, 17 July 2018, p. 5.
Chip Le Grand, ‘Communities pay highest price for deadly Melbourne road’s shortcomings’, The Australian, 17 July 2018, p. 5.
Ben Packham, ‘Overseas students able to extend stay by “gaming the system”’, The Australian, 17 July 2018, p. 5.
Troy Bramston, ‘Any retreat on refugee policies would sink Shorten’, The Australian, 17 July 2018, p. 12.
‘Government must lead on vital immigration debate’, Editorial, The Australian, 17 July 2018, p. 13.
Simon Kent, ‘Most Australians Demand Immigration Halt as Population Soars’, Breitbart News, 16 July 2018.
Philip Marcelo & Jeff Karoub, ‘Muslim candidates run in record numbers but face backlash’, AP News, Associated Press, 16 July 2018.
Rachel Baxendale, ‘Work right visas out of control, Bill Shorten says amid migrant debate’, The Australian, 16 July 2018.
Sherry Sufi, ‘Multiculturalism has failed: let’s cut immigration, refugee intake’, The Australian, 16 July 2018.
In the print edition (p. 12) the article’s title is ‘Preserve nation, cut immigration’.
The author observes that ‘mass immigration undermines the nation state. Non-Western countries understand this and choose to opt out accordingly. Yet the West continues to participate in this second multicultural experiment.’ He recommends: ‘Self-preservation comes first. The way forward is to scale back our annual intake of legal immigrants from 190,000 to half that’ and ‘Our refugee intake should also be scaled back from 13,750 to half that, with a focus on those most in need’.
Greg Brown & Simon Benson, ‘PM pressed to act on population voters back migrant cut: Newspoll’, The Australian, 16 July 2018, p. 1.
The first paragraph of this article reads: ‘Liberal senator Dean Smith is urging Malcolm Turnbull to sanction a wide-ranging Senate inquiry into Australia’s population policy, believing the recent reduction in immigration levels does not go far enough to ease community concerns about population growth.’ The article also reports on a Newspoll survey which reveals that ’72 per cent of voters support the Turnbull government’s cut of more than 10 per cent to the annual permanent migrant intake to 163,000 last financial year’.
Peta Credlin, ‘Hypocrisy is blocking debate over immigration’, Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2018.
Simon Benson, ‘Dutton’s vetting drive slashes 20,000 from migrant intake’, The Australian, 13 July 2018, p. 1.
Yohan Ramasundara, ‘Migrant workers not the answer to address ICT skills shortage’, The Australian, 10 July 2018, p. 24.
David Llewellyn-Smith, ‘Mass immigration is ungovernable for the labour market’, MacroBusiness, 10 July 2018.
Peter Hartcher, ‘Australia on the front line of clash with China, says Steve Bannon’, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 July 2018.
Tim Roberts, ‘Issues to ponder on World Population Day 2018’, The Newcastle Herald, 8 July 2018. [This same article is titled ‘Population and the elephant in the room’ in some other newspapers published by the Fairfax group.]
Judith Sloan, ‘The cost of housing has raced ahead of incomes’, The Weekend Australian, 7-8 July 2018, p. 22. [This article concludes: ‘Extraordinarily low interest rates have driven up the price of all assets, including real estate, and high rates of immigration have likewise pushed up housing prices. This may be good for existing homeowners but it has been a destructive development for young people seeking to enter the housing market.’]
John Masanauskas, ‘Melbourne housing: Immigration cuts would help ease housing affordability crisis, report says’, The Herald Sun, 2 July 2018. [This article refers to the report Immigration and the Housing Affordability Crisis in
Sydney and Melbourne by Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy of The Australian Population Research Institute, July 2018.]
Rita Panahi, ‘Voters want a say on Australia’s population growth’, The Herald Sun, 1 July 2018. [Published in the print edition on 2 July under the heading ‘Size does matter and voters want a say’.]
John Bell, Letter to the Editor, The Weekend Australian, 30 June – 1 July 2018, p. 23. Under the sub-heading ‘Lessons from EU’s woes’, Mr Bell writes: ‘When Henry Ergas points to Europe’s migratory pressures caused by refugees, he draws an unconscious parallel with similar pressures that brought about the fall of Rome. Rome was a master of colonial administration and a uniting force at its peak, providing the foundation for modern day Western society. The EU is the latest attempt to consolidate Western civilisation and its assets. However, when Rome grew affluent and soft, falling apart under the rule of incompetent emperors, its former colonies rebelled and the centre of the empire had to be removed to Constantinople in the east. The city of Rome was inevitably destroyed by its former fragmented colonies and the Islamic Moors delivered the final blow centuries later. The relentless surge into the countries of Europe by overwhelming numbers of predominantly Islamic former colonists, especially from Africa, is surely an ominous warning sign that history repeats.’
Judith Sloan, ‘Mr Dutton, your migrant policy is not actually working and we don’t like it’, The Weekend Australian, 30 June – 1 July 2018, p. 22.
Noel Pearson, ‘Memo to migrants: please stay off the path to welfare’, The Weekend Australian, 30 June – 1 July 2018, p. 16.
Katya Adler, ‘Europe’s migration crisis: Could it finish the EU?’, BBC News, 28 June 2018.
John Masanauskas, ‘An investigation into the Islamic Council of Victoria reveals it’s received $2.4m in state grants since 2010’, The Herald Sun, 28 June 2018.
Joe Kelly, ‘Let voters decide on migration, says Pauline Hanson’, The Australian, 28 June 2018, p. 1.
Primrose Riordan, ‘Five Eyes data detectives to keep watch over immigration’, The Australian, 28 June 2018, p. 1.
Alan Dupont, ‘Voters have had it with uncontrolled migration’, The Australian, 27 June 2018, p. 14.
Troy Bramston, ‘Bid to dodge showdown over refugees at conference’, The Australian, 27 June 2018, p. 6.
Andrew Clennell, ‘Berejiklian plays dead hand on migration debate’, The Australian, 26 June 2018.
Greg Brown, ‘Growth spurt sparks call for 13m extra jobs’, The Australian, 25 June 2018, p. 4.
Jackson Gothe-Snape, ‘Residents are abandoning Australia at record levels according to new ABS figures’, ABC News, 22 June 2018.
John Masanauskas, ‘Melbourne CBD road squeeze: Push for one lane each way on all main streets’, The Herald Sun, 20 June 2018.
Primrose Riordan and Joe Kelly, ‘Most now think migrant intake should be lower’, The Australian, 20 June 2018. Citing research by the Social Research Centre, the authors state: ‘In 2018, 54 per cent of Australians said “the total number of migrants coming to Australia each year is too high” — which is up 14 points since last year and 17 points since 2014.’
Sid Maher, ‘NSW budget: record arrivals putting pressure on state services’, The Australian, 20 June 2018.
Adam Carey, ‘Population pressure a fast-growing concern for Victorian voters’, The Age, 17 June 2018.
Alan Tudge, ‘”White flight” was an unfortunate choice of words, however …’, The Australian, 4 June 2018, p. 12.
Benedict Brook, ‘As our cities become denser, the great Australian backyard is paying the price’, News.com.au, 3 June 2018.
Judith Sloan, ‘D’Ambrosio should face facts over population growth’, The Australian, 29 May 2018, p. 2.
Anna Caldwell, ‘Stop White Flight: Cry for help as suburbs swamped by Syrian and Iraqi refugees’, The Daily Telegraph, 24 May 2018, p. 1.
Selina Short, ‘Lucky country is falling behind on its promise’, The Australian, 24 May 2018, p. 26. [Ms Short mentions a report prepared for the Property Council of Australia by Professor Greg Clark and others; the summary document is: Creating Great Australian Cities. Click HERE to access it and the other related papers, released 22 May 2018.]
Primrose Riordan, ‘Migration intake heading for a fall, says Home Affairs secretary’, The Australian, 23 May 2018, p. 2.
Jack Roach, ‘Australia is Becoming More Asian Than European’, 22 May 2018.
Mansur Mirovalev, ‘How Muslim Migrants Are Reshaping Russia’s Dying Countryside, One Village At A Time’, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, 19 May 2018.
Matt Coughlan, ‘Senator Anning attacks migrant ‘parasites’, The Australian, 10 May 2018 (online).
Katharine Betts, ‘Why voters are being ignored on migrants’, Herald Sun, 9 May 2018.
John Masanauskas, ‘Report finds many Australians are scared to attack mass migration because they risk being branded racist’, Herald Sun, 7 May 2018.
Details of the full report are: Katharine Betts, Immigration and public opinion in Australia: how public concerns about high migration are suppressed, Australian Population Research Institute, May 2018.
‘Immigration benefits and burdens worth discussing’, Editorial, The Weekend Australian, 5-6 May 2018, p. 23.
Lesley Beckhouse, ‘Politicians should heed the views of the people on migration’, Letter to the Editor, The Weekend Australian, 5-6 May 2018, p. 23.
Euan Hannan, ‘ACTU attempts to shift the focus of immigration’, The Australian, 4 May 2018.
Andrew Clennell, ‘Gladys Berejiklian urges talks on migrant intake’, The Australian, 4 May 2018.
Matt Johnston, ‘Population boom requires visionary policy’, Herald Sun, 3 May 2018.
Mark Dyer, ‘Make way for China’, Letter to the Editor, The Australian, 2 May 2018. [Scroll down past three other letters to reach this one.]
Alan Kohler, ‘Spend the budget windfall on rail’, The Australian, 1 May 2018. [Kohler writes: ‘…windfalls that arrive over the next few years should be spent on rail transport, in my view. Either that, or drastically cut immigration. The situation is becoming a national emergency.’]
Stephen Johnson, ‘”Why can’t someone in power say something?” Millionaire entrepreneur Dick Smith slams politicians for pushing high immigration as former PM John Howard expresses regret’, Daily Mail – Australia, 30 April 2018.
Nigel Gladstone, ‘Sydney population grows by over 100,000 in a year for the first time’, The Age, 25 April 2018.
Judith Sloan, ‘Time to tap the brakes as the migrants keep coming’, The Australian, 25 April 2018.
Rick Morton, ‘Citizens quitting migrant hotspots, ABS figures show’, The Australian, 25 April 2018.
Claire Bickers, ‘Australia’s population set to explode with overseas migration and a baby boom’, Herald Sun, 24 April 2018.
John Masanauskas, ‘Overseas migration accounts for about two-thirds of Melbourne’s massive population growth: report’, Herald Sun, 24 April 2018.
‘Turnbull pushes immigration ‘bait and switch’ on Germany’, Macrobusiness, 24 April 2018.
Peter Lewis, ‘The immigration debate is complex and emotive. We must reframe it honestly’, The Guardian – Australia, 24 April 2018.
Katharine Murphy, ‘Australians growing more concerned over immigration – Guardian Essential poll’, The Guardian – Australia, 24 April 2018.
‘Much more work needed to ease Melbourne’s growing pains’, Editorial, The Age, 24 April 2018.
Simon Benson, ‘Newspoll: Voters back migration cut’, The Australian, 23 April 2018.
Andrew Bolt, ‘Lies, damn lies and immigration’, Herald Sun, 22 April 2018.
Greg Sheridan, ‘Italy no exception to EU woes : Immigrants stuck as other nations put up barriers’, The Weekend Australian, 21-22 April 2018, p. 20.
Judith Sloan, ‘Budget 2018: Morrison needs immigration to conjure a beautiful set of numbers’, The Weekend Australian, 21-22 April 2018.
Crispin Hull, ‘Economic gains of higher immigration don’t add up’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 April 2018.
Henry Ergas, ‘We love a big Australia — but not so fast’, The Australian, 20 April 2018.
Leith van Onselen, ‘Bernard Salt: Melbourne’s growing too fast. Cut immigration’, Macrobusiness, 19 April 2018.
Judith Sloan, ‘High immigration rate a great deal for the few’, The Australian, 19 April 2018.
‘Migration figures raise a few difficult questions’, Letters to the Editor, The Australian, 19 April 2018.
‘Apartment living could be the future for Melbourne families’, Channel 9 News, 18 April 2018.
Andrew Bolt, ‘Our migrant intake is pure madness’, Herald Sun, 18 April 2018.
Leith van Onselen, ‘Immigration boosters label sensible centre “hateful extremists”’, Macrobusiness, 17 April 2018.
‘Can Melbourne’s transport cope with the population boom?’, Channel 9 News, 17 April 2018.
‘Melbourne could be Australia’s biggest city by 2030‘, Channel 9 News, 16 April 2018.
Rita Panahi, ‘Let’s heed public opinion on migration’, Herald Sun, 16 April 2018.
‘”Dismal” lack of cultural diversity in leadership sparks call for targets’, ABC News, 11 April 2018.
Paige Taylor, ‘Alan Tudge tells forum on South African farmers Australia cannot take all the world’s refugees’, The Australian, 11 April 2018.
Greg Brown & Joe Kelly, ‘Liberals support Abbott plan to cut immigration’, The Australian, 11 April 2018.
Adam Creighton, ‘Industrious, English-speaking migrants fit in best’, The Australian, 9 April 2018, p. 14. See also Sam Buckingham-Jones, ‘Q&A Wrap: Alan Tudge believes English language is key for migrants’, The Australian, 10 April 2018.
Timna Jacks, ‘Melbourne’s booming population takes its toll on city’s trains’, The Age, 9 April 2018.
Richard Pearson, ‘We must have a public inquiry into Sydney’s population growth’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 April 2018.
Michael Curtis, ‘Migrants on the March’, American Thinker, 4 April 2018.
Tony Walker, ‘Tony Abbott is wrong about lots of things, but not immigration’, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2018.
‘May day: Queensland’s population to reach 5 million’, media release issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 22 March 2018.
David Scutt, ‘Immigration is speeding up Australia’s population growth’, Business Insider, 22 March 2018.
Soeren Kern, ‘Germany: Migrant Rape Crisis Still Sowing Terror and Destruction’, Gatestone Institute, 20 March 2018.
Sarina Locke and Lily Hoffmann, ‘Migrants and refugees stem population decline in regional areas’, ABC News / ABC Rural, 18 Mar 2018.
Paul Monk, ‘No silence please’, The Weekend Australian, 17-18 March 2018, Review pp. 20-21. (This is a review of the new book by Clive Hamilton, Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia, Hardie Grant, 2018, that we have included in our Bookshelf of recommended reading.)
Douglas Murray, ‘Add new migrants and stir carefully’, The Weekend Australian, 17-18 March 2018, p. 21.
Jon Faine and panellists, ‘The Conversation Hour: Big Melbourne – population talkback forum’, ABC Local Radio – Melbourne, 16 March 2018.
Andrew Clennell, ‘NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian demurred on migrant debate’, The Australian, 13 March 2018.
Judith Sloan, ‘High-rise residential blocks in suburbs are not the solution’, The Australian, 13 March 2018. (The print version of this article was entitled: ‘It’s hardly selfish of families to want a back yard’.)
Tony Jones and panellists, ‘A Big Australia’, ABC TV Q&A, 12 March 2018.
Ben Knight, ‘Big Australia: Are we ready?’, ABC TV Four Corners, 12 March 2018.
Ben Knight, ‘“We’ve done an abysmal job”: Australia is struggling to handle its swelling population’, ABC TV News, 12 March 2018.
Leith van Onselen, ‘Alan Kohler: Australia is now just a people farming economy’, MacroBusiness, 12 March 2018.
Andrew Clennell, ‘NSW Labor leader Luke Foley backs Tony Abbott on migration rollback’, The Weekend Australian, 10-11 March 2018.
MB Radio, ‘The meaning of immigration‘, MacroBusiness, 9 March 2018.
Leith van Onselen, ‘Population booster decries loss of Melbourne livability’, MacroBusiness, 9 March 2018.
Tom Tancredo, ‘No, Sen. Murphy, There Are Many Reasons to Love an Aging Population’, Polizette, 8 March 2018.
Mark O’Connor, ‘Has Tony Jones finally broken taboo on Australia’s population ponzi?’, MacroBusiness, 8 March 2018.
Neil Mitchell, ‘Fear and fact may differ — but we still deserve action on crime wave’, The Australian, 8 March 2018.
Henry Belot, ‘New migrants living in ‘cultural bubbles’ need to improve their English skills, Government warns’, ABC news, 7 March 2018. Read Minister Tudge’s speech to the Menzies Research Centre here, or this extract: ‘Integration is key to Australia’s successful migrant story’ (The Australian, 7 March 2018). Same-day coverage by Sky News: ‘Australia at risk of following Europe’s path of ethnic unrest: Tudge’.
Rebecca Urban, ‘African truancy levels on par with indigenous rates’, The Australian, 6 March 2018.
John Daley, Grattan Institute Media Release, 4 March 2018. A key statement in this Media Release is: ‘The Commonwealth government can improve housing affordability somewhat – and immediately – by reducing demand. It should reduce the capital gains tax discount to 25 per cent; abolish negative gearing; and include owner-occupied housing in the Age Pension assets test. And unless the states are prepared to reform their planning systems, the Commonwealth should consider tapping the brakes on Australia’s migrant intake.‘ [Our emphasis added.]
Read further: the full report Housing affordability: re-imagining the Australian dream and media coverage such as ‘Build more homes to avoid migration crush; Grattan Institute’ (The Australian, 5 March 2018); ‘Cut immigration intake to fix housing affordability “mess”: Grattan Institute report’ (Herald Sun, 4 March 2018); ‘How migration affects housing affordability’ (The Conversation, 5 March 2018); ‘Memo to Grattan Institute on mass immigration’s “benefits”’ (MacroBusiness, 6 March 2018); ‘Immigration cut proposed to tackle housing affordability’ (SBS, 7 March 2018); ‘The great Australian housing gap: immigration distorts real picture’ (The Weekend Australian, 10-11 March 2018).
Chris Mitchell, ‘Slow down immigration intake while we fix the problems’, The Australian, 5 March 2018.
Paul Kelly and James Allan, ‘Conservative crisis’, Between the Lines, ABC Radio National, 1 March 2018.
Letters to the Editor, ‘Why former migrants become critics of immigration’, The Australian, 27 February 2018.
Letters to the Editor, ‘Not so lucky now’ and ‘Close the flood gates’, Herald Sun, 26 February 2018 (print edition). These letters argue succinctly that Australia has reached saturation point in regard to multicultural immigration.
Katharine Betts, ‘Migration and life quality’, The Australian, 26 February 2018, p. 13.
This Letter to the Editor busts the myth that Australia needs migration to offset the losses from an ageing workforce: ‘[N]umerous Productivity Commission findings [show] that immigration has little effect on the population’s age structure but a large effect on its size. For example in 2005 it found that “Despite popular thinking to the contrary, immigration policy is also not a feasible countermeasure (to demographic ageing). It affects population numbers more than the age structure” (Economic Implications of an Ageing Australia, 2005, p. 5). In 2016 it concluded that “it delays rather than eliminates population ageing … (and) immigrants (as they age) will themselves add to the proportion of the population aged 65 and over” (Migrant Intake into Australia, 2016, pp. 14-15).”
See also this post on the Reduce Immigration website: We say again: #Immigration not needed to support #AgeingPopulation (5 March 2015)
Terry McCrann, ‘Immigration: Bigger is certainly not better for Australia’, The Weekend Australian, 24-25 February 2018, p. 38.
Judith Sloan, ‘Scott Morrison part of Canberra conspiracy to keep immigration rates high’, The Weekend Australian, 24-25 February 2018, p. 22.
Andrew Bolt, ‘It’s absurd to deny growing pains in booming population’, Herald Sun, 25 February 2018.
Steve Doughty, ‘Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain’s laws which have Christian values’, Daily Mail, 24 February 2018.
Virginia Hale, ‘Irish Govt “Paid Press” to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration’, Breitbart London, 24 February 2018.
Guardian staff and Australian Associated Press, ‘Infrastructure Australia wades into Tony Abbott’s immigration debate’, The Guardian, 23 February 2018. (The Infrastructure Australia report, Future Cities: Planning for our growing population, was launched on 23 February 2018. The CEO’s first radio interview that morning, prior to the launch, was with ABC Sydney radio: ‘How’re you going to cope with 7 million people in Sydney?’.)
Dylan Welch, ‘Chinese agents are undermining Australia’s sovereignty, Clive Hamilton’s controversial new book claims’, ABC News, 22 February 2018.
Jackson Gothe-Snape, ‘How John Howard boosted migration and embraced foreign students, in five charts’, ABC News, 21 February 2018.
Judith Sloan, ‘By every measure, it’s vital that we give immigration a brake‘, The Australian, 21 February 2018, p. 4.
Maurice Newman, ‘Assimilation must be part of the deal for new citizens’, The Australian, 21 February 2018, p. 12.
Simon Benson, ‘Tony Abbott’s call to cut migrant intake’, The Australian, 20 February 2018.
Mr Abbott’s speech is posted on his website: ‘Address to the Sydney Institute’ (20 February 2018).
It was given further coverage by: Paul Karp, ‘Tony Abbott repeats claim immigration cut will improve quality of life’, The Guardian, 19 February 2018; Paul Karp, ‘Tony Abbott to call for immigration cut in speech targeting political elites’, The Guardian, 20 February 2018′; and Brad Norrington, ‘Abbott urges cut to our intake until “integration catches up”‘, The Australian, 21 February 2018, p. 4. A supportive opinion piece by John Stone, former Secretary to the Treasury, is: ‘Trust Tony Abbott to tell it like it is about issues that matter most’, The Weekend Australian, 24-25 February 2018, p. 12.
Pia Akerman, ‘”Tribal divisions” delay African gang taskforce’, The Australian, 20 February 2018.
Nick Cater, ‘Australian success story offers no scope for contrition or cringe’, The Australian, 23 January 2018, p. 10.
Jennifer Oriel, ‘Elites beware, a populist tidal wave looms’, The Australian, 22 January 2018, p. 10.
Judith Sloan, ‘African youth gangs committing offences is a genuine problem’, The Weekend Australian, 20-21 January 2018. (In the print version, the article is on p. 20 and is entitled ‘Turning a blind eye to African offenders won’t help’.)
Grace Collier, ‘Big government is costing its citizens far too dearly’, The Weekend Australian, 20-21 January 2018., p. 20.
Jennifer Oriel, ‘African youth violence the outcome of failed diversity policies’, The Australian, 8 January 2018, p. 10.
‘The root cause of gang violence is lax immigration’, Letters to the Editor, The Australian, 8 January 2018, p. 11.
Jonathan Crush, Godfrey Tawodzera, Abel Chikanda, Sujata Ramachandran & Daniel Tevera, Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC): South Africa Case Study: The Double Crisis – Mass Migration From Zimbabwe And Xenophobic Violence in South Africa, 2017, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Vienna.
Brendan O’Neill, ‘West needs a new response to terror’, The Weekend Australian, 23-24 December 2017. (In the print version, the article starts on p. 13 and is titled ‘Is this the year we gave in to terror on our streets? – Western society needs to feel outrage and to condemn “everyday” violence’.)
Geoff Winestock, ‘Ageing population is no threat: RBA’, Australian Financial Review, 21 December 2017. This article reports a new study by the Reserve Bank of Australia, Ageing and Labour Supply in Advanced Economies, which suggests that immigration is not the only factor involved in ensuring support for a large ageing population: that our society is already starting to adapt to its ageing population scenario through the improved health and longer working lives of the ageing segment – and the consequent ongoing contributions via taxation over that longer period.
Aneeka Simonis, ‘Calls to toughen deportation laws for foreign teen thugs’, Herald Sun,
Peta Credlin, ‘It’s not racist to be worried about immigration’, News.com.au, 17 December 2017.
Judith Sloan, ‘St Jude and the lost causes worth fighting for’, The Weekend Australian, 16-17 December 2017.
Leith van Onselen, ‘Credlin: Give us a debate and vote on Australia’s population’, MacroBusiness, 15 December 2017.
Rita Panahi in conversation with Steve Price, Nights with Steve Price, Radio 3AW, 14 December 2017.
‘Gang bashes and robs beachgoers in wild brawl on St Kilda foreshore’, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 December 2017.
Andrew Greene, ‘Sam Dastyari scandal hits Washington amid growing concerns of Chinese political influence’, ABC News, 14 December 2017.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, ‘Net overseas migration to Australia increases 27%’, 14 December 2017. For commentary, see: Joe Kelly, ‘Carlo and Carlito make 24 million of us as immigration surges’, The Australian, 15 December 2017, p. 6.
Roger Boyes, ‘Europe’s migration crisis is Africa’s responsibility too’, The Australian, 7 December 2017, p. 11.
Editorial, ‘Beware UN migration compact’, The Australian, 5 December 2017, p. 13.
AFP, ‘Brexodus: record drop in net migration to UK after Brexit vote’, The Weekend Australian, 2-3 December 2017.
Paige Taylor, ‘My arrival at a wretched realisation’, The Weekend Australian, 25-26 November 2017, p. 19. (The online heading for this article is: ‘Asylum-seekers risk all for new life, often for most perverse reasons’.)
Judith Sloan, ‘To fix low wages, and the budget, raise productivity’, The Weekend Australian, 25-26 November 2017. Sloan observes: ‘The high rates of immigration to Australia also may be feeding into low wage growth. While annual net overseas migration has fallen from its peak of close to 300,000 at the height of the mining boom, the number is still close to 200,000, including permanent and temporary workers. With an ample supply of new workers, it is not surprising that many employers are in a position to offer very modest pay rises.’
Sam Duncan, ‘”Overpopulation will destroy Australia”: Dick Smith claims skyrocketing immigration will cause mass unemployment and most of our children “will sell coffee to each other”‘, Daily Mail Australia, 21 November 2017.
Judith Sloan, ‘Big-immigration fan club is devoted to growth myths’, The Australian, 21 November 2017.
Leith van Onselen, ‘Australia becoming “two nations divided by immigration”’, MacroBusiness, 17 November 2017.
Michael Pascoe, ‘One plus one makes more than two: Our overlooked immigration benefits’, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 November 2017.
Judith Sloan, ‘Coalition flunks the big policy achievement test’, The Weekend Australian, 11-12 November 2017. This article includes the following observation: ‘What about immigration? Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, has introduced a series of changes in relation to temporary skilled workers — the old 457 visa category — and he has held the line on strict border control to deter the re-emergence of people-smugglers. But when it comes to the numbers allowed to enter Australia under the permanent migration category, this government has exhibited a tin ear.
The fact is that 190,000 a year is just too high, particularly as the vast majority of these entrants go to Melbourne or Sydney. And at this point the government has shown no inclination at all to reduce this number, even though the minister is aware that many migrants who enter under the skill category are in fact not very skilled at all.’
Tom Kington, ‘Migrants abandon dream of new life to fly home ‘, The Times, 8 November 2017. (This article was also published in The Australian on 9 November (p. 10), under the heading ‘Illegal migrants fly home to escape abuse in Libya’.)
Amanda Vanstone, ‘It’s not racist to speak out about migration’, Sydney Morning Herald, 6 November 2017.
Chris Mitchell, ‘A lesson for the Liberals in Hanson’s anti-immigration stance’, The Australian, 6 November 2017, p. 11.
Dick Smith, ‘Our size is up for debate’, The Australian, 6 November 2017, p. 12. The online version is entitled: ‘Australia is full to bursting and must rethink immigration’.
Siofra Brennan, ‘Duke of Cambridge insists there are too many people in the world in a passionate speech about population growth – after his father Prince Charles warned the earth can’t “sustain us all”‘, Daily Mail, 4 November 2017.
Campbell Clark, ‘Justin Trudeau rolls the dice on immigration’, The Globe and Mail, 2 November 2017.
Mark McCrindle (with presenters Ross and John), ‘Population growth in Australia 30 years ahead of schedule’, Radio 3AW (Melbourne), 2 November 2017.
Sue-Anne Levy, ‘Flood of refugees takes toll on city finances’, Toronto Sun, 28 October 2017.
Tom Elliott, ‘Tom Elliott calls for more public debate on immigration policy’, Radio 3AW (Melbourne), 26 October 2017.
Neil Mitchell, ‘Sustainable Australia calls for cap on migrants as survey reveals Australians are concerned about rapid population growth’, Radio 3AW (Melbourne), 26 October 2017.
Dick Smith with Mark Levy, ‘Dick Smith on the Population Debate’, Radio 3AW (Melbourne), 26 October 2017.
John Masanauskas, ‘Voters say country is full, support partial ban on Muslim immigration: report’, Herald Sun, 26 October 2017. Details of the full report are:
Katharine Betts and Bob Birrell, ‘‘Australian voters’ views on immigration policy’, Australian Population Research Institute, October 2017.
Rachel Marsden, ‘Immigration Crisis Has Quebec Feeling Under Siege’, Townhall, 25 October 2017.
Rachel Blaxendale, ‘Courts “going soft” on non-citizen criminals’, The Australian, 19 October 2017, p. 2.
Sean Nicholls, ‘Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is “full”‘, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 October 2017.
Kevin Donnelly, ‘Multiculturalism and Political Correctness are killing Australia’, Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2017.
David Uren, ‘Uni growth leads the way in record migrant intake’, The Australian, 28 September 2017, p. 7. (Title of the same article online is: ‘Academics led record migrant intake in first net rise since GFC’. The article draws on the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, released 27 September 2017.)
‘Chinese “soft power” influence becomes election issue in New Zealand‘, ‘The World Today’, ABC Radio National, 21 September 2017.
Peter van Onselen, ‘We’ve got to talk about immigration’, The Weekend Australian, 16-17 September 2017, p. 22. (Title of the same article online is: ‘Dick Smith’s immigration campaign is flawed but issue is critical‘.)
Peter Martin, James Ward and Paul Sutton, ‘Why a population of, say, 15 million makes sense for Australia’, The Conversation, 11 July 2017. Note that this article is part of The Conversation‘s series, ‘Is Australia full?’
Liz Allen, ‘Australia doesn’t have a population policy – why?’, The Conversation, 3 July 2017. Note that this article launched The Conversation‘s series, ‘Is Australia full?’
Cheryl Benard, ‘I’ve worked with refugees for decades. Europe’s Afghan crime wave is mind-boggling’, The National Interest, 11 July 2017.
Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders, ‘4 million, 5 million, 8 million: How big is too big for liveable Melbourne?’, The Age, 3 July 2017.
Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders & Clay Lucas, ‘Outer suburbs deprived of as much as $250m in basic services’, The Age, 2 July 2017.
Tony Abbott, ‘Reform in the age of populism – the new battlelines’, speech to the Institute of Public Affairs, 27 June 2017. The speech includes these observations: ‘One of the reasons why statistical growth is not translating into higher living standards is that high immigration means that GDP per head is hardly growing at all. Newcomers in hard-to-fill, high wage, high skill jobs make very good migrants (and should be encouraged) but they’re not the only ones coming. A big slowdown in immigration would allow housing starts and infrastructure to catch up with population.’
Jason Richwine, Immigrant Literacy: Self-Assessment vs. Reality, Center for Immigration Studies, 21 June 2017. This study reveals a large and persistent English literacy gap for immigrants in the USA. It analyses the English literacy level of immigrants living in the U.S. and raises concerns about the magnitude and persistence of low English ability. Not only do 41 percent of immigrants score at or below the lowest level of English literacy, but the U.S.-born children of low-skill immigrants also struggle.
Benedict Collins, ‘Labour would aim to reduce immigration numbers’, Radio New Zealand, 12 June 2017.
Stephen Chavura, ‘We would be doing our Islamic communities a favour to review immigration’, The Australian, 7 June 2017, p. 14. This article concludes: ‘As people lose faith in the experts’ ability to control Muslim radicalisation the popular demand to shut national borders to Muslims, or at least drastically limit their numbers so as not to increase the size of their militant subsection, will grow stronger. Try as they may, even mainstream politicians will be unable to avoid the question of the future of Muslim immigration. As strange as it sounds, if the worst enemy of good Muslims is militant Muslims, carefully reforming our immigration policy may turn out to be one of the best things the government can do for them in the long term.’
Janet Albrechtsen, ‘Defiant tribunal welcomes fake jetset refugees’, The Australian, 31 May 2017, p. 12.
Judith Sloan, ‘Peter Dutton part of the cynical charade on house prices’, The Australian, 30 May 2017, p. 12. She asks: ‘So why wouldn’t the government make the obvious call and reduce this number [i.e. of immigrants under the current program], particularly as this would have given substance to the claim that the pressing issue of housing affordability is being addressed?” and suggests a number of reasons in response to the question, ‘all of them depressing’.
Nick Cater, ‘Tribunal lets migrant riffraff run rings around us’, The Australian, 30 May 2017, p. 12.
Ross Dillon, ‘War with Islam demands a temporary brake on all immigration’, Letter to the Editor, The Australian, 29 May 2017, p. 13.
Jennifer Oriel, ‘Time to confront local Islamists: this is war’, The Australian, 29 May 2017, p. 12.
Douglas Murray, ‘Terror in Manchester: Open door asylum policies can lead to terror’, The Australian, 27 May 2017, pp. 15-17. The author asks: ‘What if the immigration and integration policies of consecutive governments of every political stripe have set up our societies for an endless disaster they can now do little to avert?’ (Murray is the author of The strange death of Europe: immigration, identity, Islam, Blooomsbury, London, 2017. See here for an insightful review of the book from an Australian perspective, and here from one from the American viewpoint. For holdings of the book in Australian libraries, click here.)
Virginia Hale, ‘Doctor Quits Profession After Urging Minorities To Rape Front National Voters to Create “Half-Breeds”’, Breitbart London, 26 May 2017.
‘Non-Western Immigrants Consume 59% Of Denmark’s Tax Surplus’, National Economics Editorial, 23 May 2017.
Gary Johns, ‘Time for Turnbull to play the migration card’, The Australian, 17 May 2017, p. 14.
Caitlyn Gribbin, ‘Peter Dutton blames ‘politics’ as bid to deport six refugees fails’, ABC News, 16 May 2017.
John Masanauskas, ‘Save jobs, cut intake Fresh call to slash migrant numbers’, Herald Sun, 9 May 2017.
Sally McPherson, ‘Chinese to build new $1bn City between Brisbane and the Gold Coast’, iSeekPlant, 26 April 2017.
Tim Colebatch, ‘Yes, there is such a thing as too much immigration’, Inside Story, 20 April 2017.
Reuters, ‘Germany’s Schaeuble says if Muslim migrants don’t like Europe, go elsewhere’, 12 April 2017.
Bernard Salt, ‘Census 2016: we, the people, are such a fascinating bunch’, The Australian, 12 April 2017. This article reports some of the early-release data from the 2016 Australian census: ‘Victoria attracts immigrants from India, NSW appeals to the Chinese and Queensland, not Bondi, is the preferred destination of New Zealanders’.
Fergus Hunter, ‘Housing affordability: cut immigration and let first home buyers raid their superannuation, says Tony Abbott’, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 April 2017.
Judith Sloan, ‘Cut immigration by half to improve housing affordability’, The Australian, 8 April 2017.
Michael Pascoe, ‘Politicians eye off housing market as they consider immigration cut’, The Canberra Times, 3 April 2017.
Leith van Onselen, ‘Australia world’s worst money laundering property market’, Macrobusiness, 30 March 2017.
Anthony Keane, ‘Australia’s population to hit 40 million with the next 40 years forecasts Bureau of Statistics’, Herald Sun, 18 March 2017.
Vijeta Uniyal, ‘Merkel’s Migrant Deception’, Gatestone Institute, 15 March 2017.
David Lipson, ‘Counting the economic impacts of immigration’, Lateline, ABC TV, 10 March 2017. (And see HERE for a related interview, with Alex Hawke, Australia’s Assistant Immigration Minister, 9 March 2017.)
Chip Le Grand, ‘Super-cities set to house two in three people’, The Australian, 1 March 2017.
Alan Kohler, ‘Time to step up, Ken Henry’, The Australian, 28 February 2017.
Martin Ruhs and Carlos Vargas-Silva, ‘The Labour Market Effects of Immigration’, The Migration Observatory, 24 February 2017.
Tony Abbott, ‘Speech Notes for [launch of book] Making Australia Right‘, 23 February 2017. In his speech, the former Prime Minister recommended a policy change: ‘cut immigration, to make housing more affordable’. (Click the links for coverage of the speech in the Guardian (23 February) and The Australian (24 February); for book details, see below: December 2016.)
Ken Henry, ‘Australian business leaders must deliver a vision for the future’, speech at CEDA Canberra Economic and Political Overview event, 23 February 2017. Henry said: ‘Australia’s business leaders have to accept responsibility for ensuring that strong population growth, and the investment opportunities that go with it, lift economic and social opportunity for all, without damaging the quality of the environment we pass to future generations’. See also coverage of the speech in The Australian, 24 February 2017.
Michael Koziol, ‘Immigrants to blame for high house prices, businessman Dick Smith claims’, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 February 2017.
Tom Elliott, ‘Now is the time to reduce immigration’, The Mercury, 20 February 2017.
Rosie Lewis, ‘Cory Bernardi says immigration should be halved’, The Australian, 12 February 2017.
Carrington Clarke, ‘RBA governor Philip Lowe hits out at protectionism, urges investment in infrastructure’, ABC News, 9 February 2017.
Natasha Bita, ‘Migrants: Unemployment rate among new Australians doubles’, Daily Telegraph, 1 February 2017.
Carrington Clarke, ‘High immigration masks Australian economic decline’, ABC News, 20 January 2017.
James Allan, ed., Making Australia Right: Where to from here?, ConnorCourt, Redland Bay, Queensland, December 2016. This book includes contributions from: Judith Sloan, Brendan O’Neill, Gary Johns, Jim Molan, Roger Franklin, Rebecca Weisser, Graeme Haycroft, James Allan, Kerryn Pholi, Jeremy Sammut, Lorraine Finlay, Peter Kurti, Steven Kates and Alan Moran.
Chris Menahan, ‘Italy’s Minister of Interior: Surrender Your Homes to Migrants or Face Jail’, Information Liberation, 27 November 2016.
Matthew Carney, ‘China using cinema to boost soft power’, ABC 7.30, 23 November 2016.
Mark Coultan, ‘China “trade deals” used to launder drug lords’ billions’, The Australian, 23 November 2016.
Andrew Greene, ‘Chinese spies in Australia on the rise, former diplomat Chen Yonglin says’, ABC News, 20 November 2016.
Judith Sloan, ‘Memo Scott Morrison: just bin that IMF drivel’, The Australian, 16 November 2016.
Nick McKenzie, ‘Illegal migrant workers used by farms supplying Coles and Woolworths’, ABC 7.30, 15 November 2016. See also: Sabra Lane, ‘Labor wants to put “Australians first” in jobs’, ABC 7.30, 15 November 2016.
‘German ministry wants migrants returned to Africa: report’, Reuters, 6 November 2016.
Shiobhan McFadyen, ‘”We are losing control of the streets” -Merkel’s Germany descends into lawlessness‘, Express, 1 November 2016.
Mark Coultan, ‘Business needs to work on its image, says David Gonski’, The Australian, 1 November 2016, page 7.
Judith Sloan, ‘Housing affordability: price fall neither likely nor desirable‘, The Australian, 29 October 2016.
John Masanauskas, ‘Population expert says high immigration is making affordable housing “an impossible dream”‘, Herald Sun, 28 October 2016.
Josh Gordon, ‘The inconvenient truth behind Melbourne’s population boom’, The Age, 25 October 2016. (Also available via the Sydney Morning Herald.)
Judith Sloan, ‘Time to fix visa laws, cut Australia’s permanent migrant intake’, The Australian, 22 October 2016.
Reid Butler, ‘Refugees and Retirees’, A Current Affair, Channel 9 TV, 7 October 2016. (‘Angry families taking to the streets to stop refugees moving into their loved ones’ retirement village…’)
Alison Piotrowski, ‘Chinese Spending Spree’, A Current Affair, Channel 9 TV, 6 October 2016.
Tom Elliott, ‘Stop immigration to end Melbourne’s crush’, Herald Sun, 6 October 2016.
Danuta Kozaki, ‘”Tsunami” of young girls forced to marry overseas, NSW Government warns’, ABC News, 20 September 2016.
Dylan Welch, ‘Ernest Wong: Labor’s go-to man for access to Chinese community’, 7.30, ABC TV, 19 September 2016.
Bill Code, ‘Sydney population growth: City split on plans to build a “denser” city’, ABC News, 13 September 2016.
Lambent Productions, ‘Last Whites of the East End’, screened on ABC TV (Foreign Correspondent), 30 August 2016. ABC blurb advises ‘It was controversial when it aired in the UK. But it does shed light on how immigration is reshaping some local communities – and influencing a nation that has just voted itself out of Europe.’
John Masanauskas, ‘Melbourne migrant unease: safety fears in the suburbs’, Herald Sun, 28 August 2016. (To learn more, click here to access the ‘Australians Today’ survey – the primary research that is reported in this article.)
Rowan Callick, ‘Australia’s Chinese community: inscrutable ties to another China’, The Australian, 27 August 2016, page 22.
Chris Kenny, ‘Bad news for democracy when frank discussion is shut down’, The Australian, 27 August 2016, page 24.
Mark Kenny, ‘Chinese firms told Ausgrid failure could be ‘golden’ moment’, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 August 2016.
Jennifer Oriel, ‘Dumped files show influence of George Soros on Western politics’, The Australian, 22 August 2016. (“The files show Soros has established a transnational network that pressures governments to adopt high immigration targets and porous border policies that could pose a challenge to legitimate state sovereignty.”)
See also this article about the same files, from the USA organisation Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
Caroline Overington, ‘Muslim migration to Australia: the big slowdown’, The Australian, 29 July 2016, page 13. (“ABS data points to an unintended consequence of our focus on skilled entrants.”)
Turi Condon & Caroline Overington, ‘Frank Lowy urges Canberra to control immigration’, The Australian, 29 July 2016, pages 1-2.
Tom Elliott, ‘Arbitrary job quotas aren’t the way to do business’, Herald Sun, 28 July 2016.
Rick Morton, ‘“Failure to fit in” feeding African-linked crime surge’, The Australian, 26 July 2016, page 6.
Josh Manuatu, ‘Kruger is right – Muslim immigration should be carefully considered’, The Spectator Australia, 23 July 2016.
Fiona Hudson & Wes Hosking, ‘Refugee parents send children away from Melbourne’s teen crime scourge’, Herald Sun, 19 July 2016.
John Masanauskas, ‘Changing times‘, Herald Sun, 15 July 2016.
Rick Morton, ‘Middle East, Asian-born mums give nation big baby bump’, The Australian, 14 July 2016. [The graphs that were part of the print version of the article are not reproduced in the online version, so please click HERE for a scan of the article, including the graphs.]
Jeffrey D. Sachs, ‘Brexit is a symptom of globalization’s deeper ills’, Boston Globe, 27 June 2016.
Nick McKenzie & Leigh Sales, ‘Visa Fix’, 7.30, ABC TV, 27 June 2016.