POST 101: AUSTRALIA’S POPULATION HEALTH MUST COME FIRST – IT’S TIME TO DEVELOP A SMALLER MIGRATION PROGRAM FOR THE FUTURE

Commentary

It is time for Scott Morrison to let go of his Globalist migration policy. Pull back on high immigration in the long term.

By 2023-24 the Morrison government have planned for a huge net overseas migration intake, over 200,000, and a massive 519,000 overseas arrivals, See Table 1 below.

Covid 19 is evolving quickly and the Delta variant (first detected in India, during a ferocious wave of infections there in April and May) seems to be around 60% more transmissible than the already highly infectious Alpha variant.

In a severe Global pandemic, high immigration policy is too risky, and the economic impacts of lockdowns are serious for Australian citizens with tens of thousands of jobs lost.

Australia’s population public health must come first. It is time to develop a much smaller migration program for the longer term.

(Source Australian Government, Centre for Population, 2021)

Significant economic and unemployment impact of lockdowns

The closure of Australia’s internationals borders has been critical in maintaining some sort of normality to everyday life.

The massive drop in overseas arrivals and the departure of significant numbers of temporary foreign workers has led to a significant drop in Australian youth unemployment.

However, these positive outcomes are tempered by Australian Bureau of Statistics data which highlights State lockdowns are causing many Australians’ to drop of the Labour force. See Chart 1 below.

Not only would the general population benefit from a smaller migration program due to less arrivals and less opportunities for community spread of the contagious Delta strain.

Australia’s unemployed would also benefit from reduced foreign worker competition. Minimising the impacts of thousands of Australian job losses as a result of State government lockdowns.

Chart 1 shows the number of employed people working zero hours for economic reasons.

Highlighting the exceptionally large increases in people working zero hours for economic reasons across the country in April 2020, and the second wave lockdown impacts in Victoria in August and September 2020.

It also shows the effects of more recent lockdowns, including the lockdown in Western Australia in the first week of February 2021.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Labour Force, Australia, Released 17/06/2021

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