Stop Immigration to Australia

Stop Immigration to Australia

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Homelessness, youth unemployment, negative real wage growth, road congestion, overcrowded public transport, overflowing schools, hospitals under pressure, inconvenient construction projects and loss of urban amenity and character. All these issues have a common thread; they are all caused by Australia’s unsustainable immigration policy.

Since 2003, the net overseas migration numbers in Australia have varied between 150,000 and 350,000 per year (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 3101.0). Essentially, Australia is adding a small city of a magnitude between Darwin and Canberra every year. By most forecasts, Australia’s population will reach 40 million in 2060.

Immigrants overwhelmingly settle in Sydney and Melbourne, which has triggered an astronomical surge in housing unaffordability, pushing many Australians to homelessness. Immigration has also triggered underemployment rates not seen in Australia for some forty years, coupled with the most prolonged period of negative real wage growth in Australian history. It is time to tell our leaders to stop immigration to Australia.

Immigration takes jobs from Australians

Since 2008 the number of new professional jobs created each year has dropped dramatically; in 2009 after the Global Financial Crisis, and then again in 2013 after the end of the mining boom.

Of the small number (~850,000) of jobs created in the past five years, migrants took two-thirds (64.5 per cent). For full-time employment, the impact is even more pronounced, with recent migrants taking 72.4 per cent of new jobs created. (Treasury Research Institute, Shaping a Nation; Population Growth and Immigration Over Time, 2018).

Immigration pushes down wages for Australians

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, wage growth in Australia was a sluggish 2.1 per cent over the past four quarters and just 1.8 per cent in the four quarters before that. The weakness in wages growth can be explained by the supply of labour exceeding the demand for workers. High immigration has increased the supply of labour and pushed up the workforce participation rate beyond what would have naturally occurred, thereby intensifying competition for existing jobs and pushing wages down.

Immigration makes housing unaffordable for Australians, pushing many citizens into homelessness

High immigration is inextricably linked with housing unaffordability and increased homelessness. 

Immigrants are more likely to move to Australia’s big cities than existing residents, which increases demand for scarce urban housing. In 2011, 86% of immigrants lived in major cities, compared with 65% of the Australian-born population (Migrant Intake into Australia, Australian Productivity Commission, 2016). From 2011-2016, Australian house prices have increased 50%, and by 70% in Sydney. 

At the same time, homelessness in Australia increased 14 per cent nationally (ABS Census of Housing and Population, 2016). It is no coincidence that the unprecedented rise in homelessness occurred alongside the most expansive immigration program in Australian history. There is no doubt that excessive immigration is pushing Australians out of homes and into the streets. 

Immigration increases congestion on roads and overcrowding on public transport

The proportion of drivers stuck in traffic is rising. Public transport is full to overflowing. Urban density is rising rapidly in certain parts of the city. Take Melbourne as an example. More than 20 per cent of workers spend at least 90 minutes each day commuting to work. A joint paper released by Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs in April 2018 stated, "high rates of population growth can heighten existing pressures on infrastructure, housing, and the environment".

Immigration will not solve the aging population issue

One of the arguments put for such a substantial immigration program that the ageing of the population can be slowed. But the recent Productivity Commission analysis has dismissed this link, stating: “(Immigration) delays rather than eliminates population ageing. In the long term, underlying trends in life expectancy mean that permanent immigrants (as they age) will themselves add to the proportion of the population aged 65 and over.” Immigration is essentially a Ponzi scheme: any impact on the age profile of the population is only sustained if the program continues to be ramped up.

The argument that immigration is necessary to solve the aging population issue may also be rebutted by the fact that Australia has a specific visa category for the parents and grandparents of immigrants who have been granted Permanent Residency. We know that such family migrants are not net tax contributors, and add to the aging population problem.

Immigration does not provide economic growth

But what about the economic benefits of immigration? The Productivity Commission estimated that per capita GDP will be 7 per cent higher based on the continuation of our immigration program compared with zero net migration. But this analysis did not consider the GDP per capita, which is far more reflective of the actual quality of life.

The Productivity Commission’s analysis also clearly stated that it omitted the cost which immigration imposes on existing citizens in its analysis. These costs include; urban congestion, rising rents, loss of social amenity and environment impacts.

There are no “skills shortages” in Australia

If there were widespread skills shortages in Australia, then wages growth would be higher than its current rate of 2.1%pa. However, most Australians will be aware of the “skills shortage list” which allows professional foreigners to enter Australia to fill a supposed “gap” in the labour market. The premise that there are “skills shortages” in Australia simply do not reconcile with the unemployment rate of skilled Australians.

Young people are better educated than in the past with almost 60% of 25-year-olds holding a post-school qualification. However, the number of professional jobs has not grown with the number of graduates. Since 2008 the number of new professional jobs created each year has dropped dramatically. In 2017, approximately 28% of bachelor degree holders available for full time employment were unable to find it within four months of graduation, compared with <10% in 1990 (Mapping Australian Higher Education, the Grattan Institute, 2018).

The Australian youth jobless rate is around 13.5% and only half of 25-year-olds are in employment (The Work Reality, Foundation for Young Australian, June 2018). With youth unemployment is at the highest level in 40 years, there is no need to import “skilled” workers to Australia as there are no “skills shortages”.

Immigration pushes the cost of labour from the business to the wider community

Importing someone from overseas to do a job provides a double bonus to employers, firstly they do not have to train your son or daughter to do it, and secondly, they are able to force anyone born overseas to work for less, a lot less. Australian residency is valuable to any would be immigrant, and employer sponsorship is often the only way to get it.

Any employer who is willing to sponsor a foreigner is therefore able to pay a lower wage, as the prospect of Australian residency is enough to lure any hopeful Australian-to-be. Essentially, the promise of Australian residency becomes part of the remuneration package for many foreign workers. However, it is the wider Australia community which makes Australian residency valuable, because it is the wider Australian community pay taxes to keep the parks manicured, the air clean and the streets safe. The skilled migration program essentially means that Australian taxpayers are subsidising businesses which are not willing to pay award wages.

Anti-immigration policies are neither racist or discriminatory

The vast majority of immigrants who enter Australia do so to achieve a higher wage for themselves and greater prosperity for their families. Similarly, Australians want better wages, living conditions and a better future for our children. As such we are standing united against immigration.

Australians of all racial backgrounds want immigration to be restricted. This petition is calling for immigration from all countries to be be stopped, regardless of what the immigrants look like, how they dress or worship.

This petition is not about "blaming migrants" for Australia’s problems, rather it is acknowledging that a bad immigration policy has been the major contributor to almost all of Australia’s major social problems today. It is about ending unsustainable population growth and helping to achieve secure jobs, fair wages, and affordable housing for Australians.


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