Australia has no coherent population plan other than to
inundate the major cities with people. Instead of a well though-out
population policy, the strategy has been to stoke overall economic
growth to support big business. This suits the property industry
and retailers but GDP per capita growth is stagnating while
ordinary Australians are worse off.
Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott have both recently called out for a
reduction of immigration to Australia. To quote Mr Abbott: "At the
moment weve got stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, clogged
infrastructure and there is no doubt the rate of immigration
impacts on all of these things.
We support Mr Abbott's comments but it's unfortunate he didn't
consider this while he was Prime Minister. Australia is suffering
cumulative economic and environmental damage from unconstrained
It is incorrect of Peter Dutton to suggest that in the Labor
years the number peaked at about 305,900 in one year which was an
enormous number, weve got that number down now below 190,000
While it is true that net overseas migration (NOM) which
includes both permanent and temporary long-term residents peaked
under Labor (at 315,700), it was still running at 245,500 as at the
year to June 2017.
Most importantly, Peter Dutton failed to mention that Australias
permanent migrant intake has never been higher than under this
Coalition Government, set at nearly 210,000 a year currently.
Currently 60% of Australias growth is skilled migration whereas
the humanitarian intake is less than 10%.
Foreign aid has also been significantly cut whilst the coalition
has been in power. This is particularly true for overseas family
planning services and the access to education that is required to
empower women to choose the size of their families.
Paul Hawken, who was the keynote speaker at Melbournes
Sustainable Living Festival, stated that family planning and access
to education are together the most significant global responses to
addressing climate change.
SPA calls for a fundamental change to population policy that
addresses population issues both nationally and globally. This
should involve reducing total migration to around 70 000 per