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Immigration level: Scomo follows Turnbull

Immigration: Scomo follows Turnbull

The same experiment seeking a different outcome?

The Morrison government is due to consider a plan that would ­require some new immigrants to settle for up to five years outside Sydney or Melbourne, as part of a yet-to-be-released landmark pop­u­lation policy to ease congestion in the two largest capital cities.

Scott Morrison is supposed to have a brain. This foolishness is a powerful argument against that. Morrison needs to explain where in rural Australia are the jobs for thousands of so-called skilled workers? Picking strawberries once a year for two weeks? And how much will Centrelink cost. And then what about the attendant Centrelink culture for generations to come? And then the crime that always follows? Just look to Melbourne where there are jobs. This is patent madness! In April Peter Dutton wanted to cap Australia’s immigration intake at 170,000 a year, a cut of 20,000 people but that was stopped by Turnbull and Scott Morrison before it made it to cabinet. Strike One, PM!

Source: News Corp

Cities fix: PM’s plan to send migrants to regions for five years

The Australian understands a decision on a time period for mandatory regional settlement — as part of a new migration program — had been due to go to the Turnbull cabinet last week. It has yet to be put to the new cabinet under Scott Morrison.

Two government sources have confirmed that a period of regional settlement, of up to five years, was a key plank of the population package put before the government. It came with a requirement to locate in regional areas or capital cities other than Sydney or Melbourne, where the rate of ­migrant settlement has reached almost 90 per cent of new arrivals.

A senior government source confirmed that the regional settlement timeframe was to have been discussed by cabinet before the leadership coup that led to the resignation of Malcolm Turnbull.

Under the five-year model it is believed the new visa class would apply to certain categories of new arrivals under the skilled and family migration program but in some cases could also apply to refugees. The five-year period is understood to be based on a threshold, after which many migrants would be likely to choose to stay in the regional location after establishing ties in the community, including through employment and children’s schooling.

The move to impose regional settlement as a condition of ­migrant visas has been in development since the 2016 election, in ­response to increasing community concerns about urban pressures and congestion as well as social ­integration.

Mr Morrison’s office would not comment on the development of the population package, whether it would be revised and when it might go to cabinet. Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Minister Alan Tudge and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton also would not confirm details.

Mr Tudge recently released figures that demonstrated the scale of the problem in Sydney or Melbourne, which created significant strains on existing infrastructure that state governments had been slow to address.

Mr Morrison, who is a supporter of a strong migration program as a driver of economic growth, is said to have signed off on the original package as ­treasurer but would be likely now to seek to review the package before taking it to the new cabinet. In a sign that as Prime Minister he will seek to put his own stamp on the policy, Mr Morrison has created the new portfolio of population to sit alongside infrastructure and cities, now overseen by Mr Tudge, the former citizenship minister.

He has also hived off the immigration portfolio from the Ministry of Home Affairs to become a standalone portfolio.

The Australian revealed this month that, with Australia’s population having reached 25 million, Department of Home Affairs figures showed that, of the 112,000 skilled migrants who arrived in the past financial year, 87 per cent had settled permanently in Sydney or Melbourne.

Mr Tudge, who was a key minister in the development of the population plan, had argued in a speech early this month that it was not the size of the migration program alone that was a factor in population pressure but the distribution of those people coming in.

“If the population was distributed more evenly, there would not be the congestion pressures that we have today in Melbourne and Sydney,” Mr Tudge told a forum in Melbourne.

“Nor would there be if the ­infrastructure was built ahead of demand.”

The Turnbull government had flagged a migration and settlement policy before the end of the year that would include visas conditional on a proportion of new skilled migrant arrivals settling in cities other than Sydney and Melbourne and in the regions.

A recent report by Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs estimated the immigration program added 1 per cent to GDP a year, with modest increases to GDP per capita.

The broader population plan is also believed to include policies for better co-ordination of infrastructure development based on future growth trends.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has previously called for the issue to be made a priority for the Council of Australian Governments as Sydney and NSW have experienced significant congestion problems.

The issue was brought to the boil earlier this year when former prime minister Tony Abbott raised concerns about falling quality of life for people living in Sydney and called for the migration intake to be cut to 80,000 a year until infrastructure caught up.

Mr Morrison at the time rejected the idea, saying it would cost the budget about $4 billion to $5bn over the next four years because of the slowdown in economic growth, which is boosted by skilled migration.

The Australian last month ­revealed that the annual permanent migration intake fell by more than 10 per cent to fewer than 163,000, the lowest level in more than a decade, as new integrity measures imposed by Mr Dutton cut visa approvals.

{ 28 comments… add one }
  • DT 29/08/2018, 5:42 am

    During the ABC programme The Dismissal about the end of the Whitlam Government Margaret Whitlam commented that her husband Gough and his ministers did not understand that governments have no money, only revenue from taxation.

    Scott Morrison appears to be another politician who seems to believe that government has unlimited money supply or that when short of money borrowing is acceptable.

    Taxpayer’s monies paid to public servants and to welfare recipients is a cost to budget. Not new money when taxes are deducted or paid by the recipients. Centrelink costs budget close to 40 per cent of total spending already, so how can Australia afford to maintain a high migrant intake unless there are jobs available for them?

    And then there is the strain on infrastructure and services, and the cost of providing them as the population increases.

    Immigration should be reduced to accept people who are needed to fill job vacancies or who have the money to start a business here. Refugee resettlement should be suspended indefinitely.

    • Henry 29/08/2018, 7:43 am

      Just to add to that DT. In the huge migrant intake after the war, we benefited by skilled workers with families coming for work. You didn’t get in unless. The ambassadors had lists of people we needed, electricians, plumbers, bricklayers.
      We didn’t just take anyone. There was a point to our policy, and it was not just compassion that ran the policy.

      • TommyGun 29/08/2018, 9:53 am

        The ABC recently tried to blow off a claim by an MP that more than half of muzlims of working age in Australia don’t work. Of course, the calim turns out to be supported by fact, but the ABC discards this because it is “due to the very high unemployment rate of muzlim women”! And so….??
        But the astounding statistic I found buried in the article was that EVERY PERSON taken in by Australia’s “humanitarian intake” has a NET cost of $340,000!!!
        That’s because they KNOW they won’t, in all probability, ever work in their lives and will need lifetime support.

  • DT 29/08/2018, 6:10 am

    Workers not burkas.

    • angry 29/08/2018, 8:32 am



  • luk1955 29/08/2018, 6:42 am

    18 years ago when we moved to Melton it was a quiet country town. Now it has grown mostly due to the dumping of government wanting blackafrican scum, and now we get almost nightly police helicopter flights at 2 or 3 am. How they spot those black scum at night is a mystery to me but those flights correspond to the dumping of savages in our once peaceful community.

  • 1735099 29/08/2018, 6:48 am

    “Centrelink costs budget close to 40 per cent of total spending already.”
    Cost of the age pension spend sits currently at 9 times Newstart, and with our aging demographic, this will increase.
    How do you reckon the government would fare if it lowered the rate of the age pension, or made the family home part of the means test?

  • Thunder 29/08/2018, 6:51 am

    Same problem in Germany, Herr Merkel, ex Stasi informer and life long time Communist. She started sending the Riff Raff Illegals from the Middle East and Africa to the small towns and villages of Germany. All that happened was CRIME was shared all over the land rather that being controlled in the big cities. To keep control in the cities most of the local police were shifted to them. So policing in the countryside is few and far between. The Borders are wide open to allow the free flow of Alien Garbage to roam at will.

  • Lorraine 29/08/2018, 7:27 am

    Government is convinced it helps the bottom line. suck it up sunshine

  • Maryanne 29/08/2018, 7:28 am

    I live near a small country town populated overwhelmingly by white Australians and I want to keep it that way thanks all the same.

    Maybe our moronic leaders should check out https://voiceofeurope.com/ site now and then to see what indigenous Europeans are suffering as a result of Merkel’s insanity. Their Orwellian phrase “cultural enrichment” to describe the resulting chaos, crime and misery says it all about the real agenda – white genocide.

    • TommyGun 29/08/2018, 9:40 am

      Spot on, Maryanne!
      The ones who are hell-bent on genocide of whites in Australia have realised that the blacks they have imported don’t want to live outside the big cities. So the cities are getting blacker but the countryside is staying white.
      Can’t have that! So now they need to legislate to shift the blacks out into country towns, to pollute our genetics and lifestyle. They would say its to “enrich our culture”!

  • Honeybadger 29/08/2018, 7:32 am

    Very bad idea by Morrison. Immigration numbers need to be drastically cut. Full stop. Just how does Morrison propose policing that these new immigrants remain in the regional areas? A copper at every house? Absolutely mind boggling to come up with such a stupid idea when the obvious answer is staring him in the face.

  • Rubyred 29/08/2018, 8:29 am

    There are not enough jobs in regional areas for the Australians who live there now let alone inflicting migrants on the towns. There needs to be a moratorium on immigration for a few years to allow infrastructure to be built and aging infrastructure to be modernised. There are also many avoidable deaths happening now on our congested roads without adding migrant drivers, many of whom do not have even average English skills, certainly not good enough to have knowledge of our road laws.

    • angry 29/08/2018, 8:35 am

      Where is the Australian people’s choice about immigration?????
      There should be a referendum on it.

      This is NOT DEMOCRACY!

  • angry 29/08/2018, 8:31 am

    Morrison the TURNCOAT CLONE!



  • Jack Richards 29/08/2018, 8:53 am

    It’s been the city elites who have demanded all this “multicultural” intake of unassimilables so I reckon they should wear the problem.

    For a couple of weeks over the last few summers we’ve been blessed with men “of African appearance” who, I presume, have been sent here by Centrelink to pick grapes and other fruit. They seem to have a need to gather in a group outside the IGA and to perve lasciviously on every female that walks by and they seem to do it for most of the day. Last year I went to town accompanied by my very pretty 11 yo grand-daughter and these creatures couldn’t keep their yellow eyes off her. A couple even followed us at a distance like dingos after a lamb. I knew what they were thinking and maybe they knew what I was thinking about i.e. .3030 and 12 gauge.

    • TommyGun 29/08/2018, 9:47 am

      About 30 years ago I visited Sweden, when it had only just begun descending into multicultural madness. There were already a few blacks there. They used to hang around on the steps outside the main train station in Stockholm. Every time a young, pretty Swedish woman walked up the steps, they would paw at her and try to engage her in conversation in broken English. “Yo baby! Come here..talk to me”…that kind of thing. I was disgusted by them…they obviously did not work and had only 1 thing on their minds.
      God knows how bad it is now…

  • angry 29/08/2018, 8:56 am

    The bright blue fishing boat that waltzed into Australia: How Vietnamese asylum seekers’ ramshackle vessel slipped through the net – as 14,000 more migrants prepare to set sail


    The PEOPLE SMUGGLERS can see that we are open for business thanks to the TURNCOAT CLONE MORRISON……….

  • Albert 29/08/2018, 11:15 am

    Said it when Morrison took the crown and I say it again today. Nothing will change; it will be more of the same.

    • angry 29/08/2018, 1:36 pm

      Morrison is an EXCESS CARBON UNIT!

  • angry 29/08/2018, 1:39 pm

    New immigrants will be forced to settle in regional areas for FIVE YEARS under plans to stop all foreigners moving to Sydney and Melbourne






  • ozsceptic 29/08/2018, 2:04 pm

    great idea, but how would Dubbo cope with 5000 nail technicians from Korea?

  • angry 29/08/2018, 2:12 pm

    Bono vows to wave the blue EU flag at his gig in a ‘provocative’ show of support for Europe as he rails against nationalism and praises Merkel for letting 1 million Syrians into Germany



    Used to be a U2 fan, not after this!!!


  • Botswana O'Hooligan 29/08/2018, 2:54 pm

    For starters I don’t think that leaving TA out of a ministership was a very bright idea and they will pay the penalty for that. There could be a bit of method in their madness about making a five year mandatory stay in a country town though just how the hell they would police it is beyond me, but remember that most of the country shoppers from the rag head brigade are on the dole anyway and most of them live in cities and large towns so they might be dissuaded from coming here in the first place. Our numbered friend above has a shot at pensioners costing nine times as much as “newstart” completely forgetting that most of those pensioners worked and paid tax, and that means testing a house won’t work because someone on the pension as their sole means of support in a capital city probably bought their house for bugger all donkeys years ago and now it is worth a million or more. How could any government force some poor old bastard to sell their home and relocate to some outfit like AVEO that mistreats them? Who for Christ’s sake would help them with the legal stuff, the local bank manager, the local real estate agent, the bloody government, and the answer is no way because those bastards mentioned are the worst bloody crooks of them all. And finally, no one would ever want to work, to save, and scrimp half a bloody lifetime to buy a house when a government is going to force you to sell it when it is worth more than “X.” Not even Marxist Leninist Russia did that to its old folk.

  • Thunder 29/08/2018, 3:55 pm

    All we have now got, as per The Turds Plan is The Turd 2.0

    • angry 29/08/2018, 5:20 pm

      The LEFTIST liberal party refuses to listen to what the Australian population wants.


  • Aktosplatz 29/08/2018, 5:38 pm

    One of the consequenced of the Turnbull knifing of Abbott was the Flight of the Delcons.
    That event was played down as of no consequence by Textor, Devine, Kroger and others.

    However they forgot that the Delcons used to be known as ‘Howard’s Battlers’ and these people contributed significant funds to the Liberal Party back then.

    Come 2016 Turnbull has to fork out $1.75 million to replace the Battler / Delcon funding, and of course it was called the ‘Turnbull Coalition’, well he would wouldn’t he seeing as he paid for it.

    And all the previous Abbott gained seats in 2010 & from 2013 were lost at the 2016 election in one fell swoop.

    So much for the Turnbull Coalition and the $1.75 million price tag.

    Nobody could pull Turnbull up for this because he was now the Liberal Party Banker. He owned them.

    I hope ScoMo realises this quickly because the Banker has quit, taking his money with them.

    A financially strapped Liberal Party would run an insignificant campaign, never mind some of their Laborlite policies such as Paris.

    Labor, funded by the Unions, has lots of cash.

    The Liberals are finished – it will be a massacre unless they get the missing Delcons in the Coalition to step up to the Front Bench.

    Making Joyce and Abbott Special Envoys is all very nice but it won’t help the Liberals once the cheques start bouncing.

    • Aktosplatz 29/08/2018, 5:50 pm

      I might add Small Business Owners were Howard’s support.

      The Businesses Turnbull and now Morrison are driving to the wall because of their destructive energy policies

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