POST 9: THE AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT REJECTS A PLEBISCITE ON THE NATIONS HIGH IMMIGRATION INTAKE.

ONE NATION’S IMMIGRATION PLEBISCITE REJECTED BY PARLIAMENT.

One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson’s push to let all Australian’s have a say in the nations large-scale immigration levels has been rejected 54 votes to 2 by Australian politicians’. Senator Hanson believes a plebiscite (a direct vote for Australian’s on the question of mass immigration) is now critical due to the soaring numbers of new migrant arrivals. The Senator attributed congestion and wages stagnation on immigration-fuelled population growth, arguing that people battling clogged roads and rising house prices deserved a say on the rate of migration.[1] Between 2006 and 2016, West Australia’s population grew by over 500,000 – most of this was due to high immigration. Resulting in the highest population growth rate (24.8%) than all other Australian States and Territories. At one stage West Australia’s population growth was so high it exceeded some third world countries and climbed to a rate of 3.1%.[2] High population growth escalates demand for housing, transport, healthcare, education and essential utilities such as water treatment plants, putting an additional cost burden on West Australian citizens. It is disappointing the Australian Parliament will not give West Australian’s the opportunity to vote on better ways to manage migration flows and population growth.

REFERENCES.

[1] Rosemary Bolger, ‘Senate Rejects Hanson’s Push for National Vote on Immigration’, SBS News, 2019 <https://www.sbs.com.au/news/senate-rejects-hanson-s-push-for-national-vote-on-immigration> [accessed 3 August 2019].

[2] Australian Bureau of Statistics, ‘3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2016’, 2017 <http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/allprimarymainfeatures/7B33A7E366915C49CA258291001DFE75?opendocument> [accessed 14 April 2019].

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