POST 102: IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IMMIGRATION POLICY DEPLETING PERTH’S UNIQUE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT?

Australia’s immigration system stuck in overdrive?

Is there a connection between the overdevelopment at Ocean Reef Marina and Australia’s rapid immigration policy?

Before the Covid 19 pandemic, immigration fuelled population reached unprecedented levels, threatening the natural assets and quality of life in Metropolitan Perth.

Between 2006 and 2016 Perth’s population spiked by the highest on record, 445,000 people.

In 2000, Australia’s population was 19 million, by December 2020, the population had rocketed up by over 6.6 million, to 25.7 million people. An enormous increase of 35%.

Before Covid-19 outbreak, Australia’s population growth rate at 1.6%  was so high it was double that of many other countries, including the United States (0.7%) and United Kingdom (0.6%).

Putting immense pressure on Australia’s major cities, infrastructure, and environment, over 60% of Australia’s growth was from net overseas migration. See Chart 1 below.

There are currently 1.7 million temporary foreign entrants in Australia, competing for Australian jobs. And many Australians will lose their jobs due to State government lockdowns in June/July 2021.

The Morrison government’s mass migration program is supported by State governments.

State governments also determine migration outcomes, through State nominated visas. The numbers of State nominated visas are in the tens of thousands.

The WA Labor government operate a large State migration occupation list. Which attracts many applicants through their foreign graduate stream and regional visa nominations. The Premier has designated Perth as regional, ensuring eligibility for thousands of regional visa holders to work in Perth.  

In addition, the McGowan governments’ population density policy has locked 47% of population growth into Perth’s established suburbs and conservation valued bushland and coastlines.

There is aim is to significantly increase Perth’s population density. And with that the myriad of problems that occur due to excessive immigration levels.

And more of the same hyper immigration is planned from 2023 onwards.

The implications of the population projections in Federal Treasury Intergenerational Report (June 2021) reveals the Morrison government are taken no notice of environmental depletion and social disruption their excessive immigration policy is causing.

The Report promotes the continuance of mass migration projecting Australia’s total population to reach 38.8 million in 2060-61

Equating to another 6.5 million people by 2041, Australia’s massive migration program is expected to continue to be the largest source of population growth.

Perhaps Australian citizens should be alarmed with the most recent Intergenerational Report population projections.

The first intergenerational report was handed down in 2002, propagating great concerns of Australia’s dwindling birth rate.

Setting in train two decades of reactive immigration policy responses by the Howard Coalition government and the Australian Labor Party, see Chart 1 below.

In 2008 Australia’s net overseas migrations spiked at 315,000, this equated to an incredible 250% lift on long-term NOM average of around 90,000 per annum.

That shift in policy caused Australia’s population to swell by 35 per cent in 20 years, to where it’s now sitting around 25.7 million — 30 years earlier than the ABS was projecting.

The long-term population projections included in today’s Intergenerational report could have similar adverse impacts (on the quality of life for Australians over the the next two decades) as it did back in 2002.

Chart 1 Net overseas migration and Natural increase Australia 1983 to 2019, annual.


(Source, Australian Bureau of Statistics, National, state and territory population, Released 17/06/2021)
Notes: Labor Govt 1983-1996, Coalition Govt 1996-2007, Labor Govt 2007-2013, Coalition Govt 2013 to present

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