Immigration-addicted politicians want to turn country towns into dumping grounds

Caption: Immigration minister Arthur Calwell talks to migrants at the Bonegilla camp.

Greens voters are among the richest in Australia. The leafy inner suburbs of Melbourne and the harbourside mansions of Sydney are their heartland.

But here?s a curious thing about those suburbs: while their ?progressive? inhabitants endlessly fret about refugees, they don?t have much to do with them. Deep-green Wentworth is 90% Australian-born or European. The larger migrant population of neighbouring Sydney are almost all wealthy Chinese.

There are large numbers of African and Muslim refugees on the fringe of Fitzroy in Melbourne, crammed into the 1960s Housing Commission tower blocks, but the Greens-voting inhabitants across the road in the million-dollar terrace houses want nothing to do with them. A recent study found that rather than send their offspring to the local primary school that?s bursting with refugee kids, the white-flight well-to-do of Fitzroy truck their kids suburbs away, to exclusive private schools.

It?s in the poor, outer suburbs like Melton and Tarneit in Melbourne, and Fairfield in Sydney, where the migrants and refugees targeted by Greens? ?compassionate? policies end up. When Greens voters say, ?Bring them here?, what they really mean is: ?Dump them out there?.

Now the government wants to use the regions as dumping-grounds as well. Quote:

With 85.7 per cent of Aust?ralia?s 2.3 million immigrants between 2006?16 choosing to live in the capital cities, the Federal Coalition Government has flagged a population package to entice or force migrants to live in the regions to ease congestion and infrastructure deficiencies in the cities.

Minister for Population Alan Tudge has indicated that the Government plans to draw new migrants to the regions via such means as awarding additional points through the points-based skilled migration system to temporary visa holders if they move to a regional area or a capital city other than Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane for a period of five years. Detail, however, of the proposed policy is scant. End of quote.

In the post-War migration boom, the first place that many migrants, like my in-laws, saw was the Bonegilla migrant camp, situated among the hills and plains around the Murray River in northern Victoria. Many went from there to work on the Snowy River hydro-electric scheme. Italian market-gardeners transformed the Riverina district but that was a generation ago.

Today, almost all migrants and refugees head straight to Melbourne and Sydney and stay there. Both cities are staggering under the load of rapid population growth. Quote:

Decentralisation of the population is necessary not only to ease the squeeze in the biggest capital cities but also for the sake of the regions, which are being drained of their populations, affecting the social and economic wellbeing of these communities. However, any plan must deal with the need to create new jobs in the regions rather than just funnelling people there. End of quote.

Another plan might be to simply cut the record-high levels of immigration that are overwhelming Australia, but economists are too addicted to the immigration Ponzi scheme to even consider such unthinkable action. Quote:

The Federal Government?s contention is that regional areas are in need of workers and migrants should be directed towards filling these vacancies. This might be the case in some regions, especially where there is seasonal work, but is evidently not the case in others. Regional unemployment rates vary markedly and youth unemployment is horrendous in many regions.

A Brotherhood of St Laurence report using Australian Bureau of Statistics unemployment figures from January 2018 shows that 14 of the 20 worst areas for youth unemployment are in regional Australia?Conversely, 14 of the nation?s 20 regions with the lowest youth unemployment are in the capital cities. End of quote.

And that?s why migrants and refugees flock there: after all, there?s no point in paying good money to a people-smuggler if you?re going to wind up in some rust-belt town without those sweet, sweet economic opportunities you were chasing. Quote:

Clearly, many regional areas are not ?crying out for more workers?, as Minister Tudge put it, but are suffering from a lack of investment in infrastructure, manufacturing and agriculture, which can provide jobs in regional communities. End of quote.

The lack of infrastructure investment and planning, to cope with historic levels of immigration, is what has choked Australia?s capital cities. The idea that governments are suddenly going to get their act together and not repeat the same mistakes in the country is laughable.

Importing more and more people and dumping them in the regions will only duplicate what has happened in the cities while creating even more profound demographic earthquakes.

Instead of building more dams downstream to contain the flood, governments need to close the floodgates.