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Why do we keep falling for the idea that the rate of population growth in Australia is inevitable? : Comments

By Ross Elliott, published 15/2/2023

There is nothing inevitable about the rate of our population growth in Australia. So why does so much of our urban planning assume that the rates of growth are something 'we canít do anything about'?

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We do not all "fall for the idea". Politicians and Big Business tell us it is inevitable. We need to stand up to the proponents of a Big Australia. Oh, I forgot: average Australians, forced to vote for totally inappropriate people, are not really interested, are they?
Posted by ttbn, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 7:58:38 AM
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Never have Australians been able to have a vote on the issue of immigration and population growth. We have no voice. The growth of population in Australia is a tragedy.
Posted by watersnake, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 7:59:27 AM
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In the past there was Nation-building immigration, now they're buying Nation-fleecing immigrant votes !
Posted by Indyvidual, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 8:06:06 AM
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Sooner or later, the predictions of Thomas Malthus will rear their head.
David
Posted by VK3AUU, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 8:57:14 AM
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Albanese flat out lied about his intentions. His 300,000 net-migration tsunami is an open declaration of war on electors and the environment.

It will crush wages, boost unemployment, and heighten the (rental) housing affordability crisis. Exactly as donors and "stakeholders" require.

Big Australia 1.0 rolled on for 15 years, through six prime ministers, and was only halted by a global pandemic. Short of an asteroid strike, it is hard to see what can stop Big Australia 2.0. Voters are utterly disenfranchised
Posted by Steve S, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 9:00:25 AM
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I think the driver of high immigration is an unholy alliance of social engineers, neoconservative bureaucrats, the ethnic lobby, the building industry and politicians themselves who want to be captain of a big ship. That wall is now so impregnable minor politicians must find it easier to devote themselves to other issues.

Not only will formerly illegal immigrants be allowed to import family family members but different classes of temporary visa holders (eg aged carers, students, ag workers) will be offered permanent residence. Good luck being able to buy a home. The entry skills requirement seems to be slipping. I'm hearing stories of people being unable to communicate with nursing home staff or airport shuttle bus drivers who lack conversational English. The people don't complain for fear of being told they are racist.

As I said on OLO yesterday I think it will all go bad when the country is in drought and several big coal stations have closed. The social engineers will then have to explain why they thought high immigration was a good idea or politicians for failing to grasp the public mood.
Posted by Taswegian, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 9:16:19 AM
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