This coming Saturday July 20th, 2.00 p.m. at the Annual General meeting of Sustainable Population Australia, Victorian and Tasmanian branch at the Balwyn Library meeting room, guest speaker, Dr. Bob Birrell of Monash University's, Centre for Population and Urban Research will address the facts and figures which explain "Why is immigration running at record high levels when unemployment is increasing?"
Dr. Birrell says:
"The Australian government is running a record high migration program. Recent arrivals are adding massively to Australia's workforce each year. About 100,000 have found employment in each of the past two years. This is about the same as the total annual growth in the employed workforce in Australia since 2011. As a result they are squeezing out resident workers from employment, particularly young people looking for entry level jobs. This is why the number of Australian born persons on unemployment benefits is increasing by around 50,000 a year.
"The most striking increase in the overseas born numbers is among those in Australia on temporary visas (including 457s, working holiday makers and students). The stock of these temporaries (most of whom have work rights) increased from 1.03 million in December 2010 to 1.13 million in December 2012."
President of Sustainable Population Australia, Victorian and Tasmanian branch, Jill Quirk says:
"Whilst Sustainable Population Australia evolved from concern about the environmental impacts of an ever growing population on the most arid and infertile inhabited continent, the organisation has a broader scope, aiming to contribute to public awareness of the limits of Australian population growth from ecological, social and economic viewpoints.
"Dr. Birrell's talk this Saturday will be of critical interest to all those who care not only about population impacts on the environment but also about the employment climate which confronts those not in secure employment, especially young people who have not yet had a chance to acquire much of a work history. We look forward very much to hearing Dr. Birrell's important talk and commend it especially to policy makers and journalists all of whom are welcome to attend."
Contact, for further information: Jill Quirk, President, Sustainable Population Australia, Victorian and Tasmanian branch,