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 Who said?: We are being swamped by Asians

11.09.19.  More than two decades ago that statement was part of Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech to parliament. Oh, and how the cries of foul were screamed from the rooftops and subsequently permeated through our learning institutions with instruction the Pauline Hanson was a racist. Ask a younger person what they knew about Ms Hanson and this was the only answer, “all I know is that she is a racist.” And so the media promulgated that lie throughout Hanson’s political history.
Catching the SkyBus from Tullamarine airport to Melbourne ­recently, I was reminded how much we had embraced the Asian century. The announcements were in English and then Man­darin. Indeed, everyone on the bus except me appeared to be ethnically Chinese.

Source: Adam Creighton, News Corp

We’re not Asia’s ‘white trash’ but we must be careful

Why worry about how to “engage” with Asia when we were becoming an Asian country? Better, for instance, to take advantage of the language skills of our residents than bother teaching native kids how to speak Chinese, especially when literacy scores for English have been so poor.
By 2023, the Chinese-born population of Australia — which grew by half to 650,000 across the five years to last year (more than eight times faster than overall population) — will likely exceed those born in England.
Last year, our Indian-born population, which grew even faster (nine times population growth) to 590,000, overtook the number of New Zealanders, traditionally the second biggest stock of ­foreign-born residents after the Brits.
The understandable heartache aroused by the repatriation of the Tamil family to Sri Lanka obscures our dependence on migrants from Asia, broadly defined. Last year, the number of Sri Lankan-born residents increased by 14 every day, to 135,000, or four times overall population growth.
Without migrants from Asia, Australia’s economy would slide into recession.
In defending last week’s poor economic growth figures, Scott Morrison pointed to Germany and Britain, whose economies shrank in the June quarter. Ours expanded 0.5 per cent and 1.4 per cent across the year, the slowest pace since 2009.
Yet their populations are growing at less than half the pace of ours. Per capita, economic output went backwards in Australia.
In Germany and Britain it went forwards. It’s hardly a comparison to brag about: strip out the extra people, and we’re doing worse than both.
Indeed, if the British and German economies are floundering, their people aren’t coming here. The number of people from Britain and Germany living in Aus­tralia started shrinking years ago. Those large Italian, Greek and even Scandinavian populations are all declining, too. Even the Irish aren’t coming, down 9 per cent to 87,000 across five years.
It’s not so much a Europe-for-Asia swap as a rich for poor one. Migrants from South Korea, Singapore and Japan have slowed. Meanwhile, the number of Brazilian-born residents is up 130 per cent to 46,500 in five years and the number of Nigerians has risen 95 per cent to 12,500. Migration from North Africa and the Middle East, especially Syria, Iraq and ­Afghanistan, has surged too, up 22 per cent to 469,000.
Proximity should matter less than it did, given transport has become quicker and cheaper.
For these migrants from developing counties, coming to Australia can be a boon. Quite aside from impending gold-plated religious freedom laws, after 10 years of living here they are entitled to the Age Pension, for instance. (Although the SkyBus may be a bit of a step down; Sri Lanka is building a high-speed rail line from its international airport to Colombo.)
For lower-skilled natives, improved cuisine notwithstanding, it may not be so beneficial.
The smaller number of hardworking, studious Asians who came to dominate the professions, especially medicine, are giving way to vastly greater numbers of temporary student migrants vying for low-skill jobs. The number of foreigners on student or post-­student work visas has exploded from 365,000 in 558,000, in just four years to June last year.
Despite all the rhetoric about skills and targeted occupation lists, our migrants are increasingly in low-skilled work, whatever their visa might say.
“Of the one million temporary visa holders — a number that’s almost doubled since 2007 — almost 60 per cent of the 600,000 who are in work are in low-skill occupations,” Grattan Institute chief executive John Daley says. “Everyone thinks we’re running a high-skill migration program, but it’s low-skilled in reality,” he adds.
Remarkably, 24 per cent of workers with temporary skilled visas are in low-skilled occu­pations, he finds.
This setup also could strain support for our highly progressive tax and social security — something backers of ever greater immigration from developing countries tend to overlook.
“While increase in population diversity may have long-run benefits, in the short run immigration and diversity are perceived by many as a threat to social cohesion and put welfare systems and ­democracies at risk,” Harvard economics professor Alberto Alesina concluded in a recent analysis of Europeans’ attitudes to a recent influx of migrants.
“Beliefs about who is a worthy ­recipient of public generosity correlate with race, especially in the US,” the study, based on decades of household surveys across 16 European countries, found.
Perhaps no country in recent times has absorbed so many people from different backgrounds so successfully. Such cohesion hasn’t been tested in a major economic downturn, though. And, as Clive Hamilton has suggested in his book Silent Invasion, extraordinary growth in immigration from mainland China, whatever the category of visa, could be problematic were our relations to deteriorate with our biggest trading partner.
Of course, having a mass, low-skilled immigration program means politicians can boast the economy “isn’t in recession”. In fact it’s practically impossible for Australia to ever meet the technical definition of a recession — two quarters of economic contraction — when it accepts about 240,000 people a year, on top of natural increase of 150,000.
That’s politically convenient but dubiously wise in the long run. Overseeing wide-scale immigration from poorer countries is a lazy achievement. In 1980, Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s longstanding leader, quipped that Australia would become the poor white trash of Asia. He was wrong, but he could end up being half right if we continue to depend on massive, lower-skilled immigration from Asia to paper over our economic problems.

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • pattoh 11/09/2019, 5:26 am

    I guess that is where the support for our GDP figures comes from.

    Way to go, Canberra Spin Doctors!

  • luk1955 11/09/2019, 6:54 am

    We are going the way of the roman empire. And none of these migrants will go to war to protect us. Instead they will stab us in the back, esp. the moozies and chinks.

  • Thunder 11/09/2019, 8:30 am

    Get rid of all that African Trash I come across everytime I go shopping.

    TOTAL WASTED SPACES to Australia………….

    Follow it up with the Arab Trash back to whatever desert they came from.

  • Fedup 11/09/2019, 9:07 am

    We are done, the politicians hate us & aided by the leftist media.

    • Lorraine 11/09/2019, 9:16 am

      it feels like it at times, that to have been born in Australia, raise a family work and pay taxes . you go to the back of the queue.

      • Deano 11/09/2019, 10:21 am

        Lorraine – and don’t forget to feel ashamed of yourself for being privileged.

  • Deano 11/09/2019, 10:23 am

    It’s worth watching Hanson make that original speech in 1996. It has turned out to be amazingly accurate. Notice the chamber was almost empty when she delivered it and you will understand why we needed her so much.

  • Tony H 11/09/2019, 8:15 pm

    We are being dictated to by foreign interests. John Howard famously said, we will decide who comes to our country! The current situation where a Sri Lankan couple who entered Australia illegally and then were permitted to have children in Australia, now playing out before us and through our court system at our costs is ridiculous. We are a bunch of mugs!
    When are our Governments going to do something for us Australians? Currently we have massive fires burning up north, providing further heart ache to our farmers and country folk. Yet we send millions and millions to Indonesia every time they get an earth tremor, is anything ever reciprocated? NO!
    We have these Green/ so called Independants and other misfits in Federal Parliament trying have a “Climate Emergency” called, claiming the fires are all due to “Climate Change” give me a freakin break! How do these galahs even get voted into parliament? Steggel, Bandt, Di Gentalia! SHY. What an absolute disgrace!

  • Theydon Wood 11/09/2019, 9:25 pm

    Adherence to the constitution should be paramount.
    Instead it’s used in Canberra because it’s soft, strong and very long. (When it’s not being used as a doormat)

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