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Australia's young people lose out in a high population growth environment

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,



The Australian identity, culture and way of the life are being affected by continuous immigration. There's strength in unity, not diversity and differences! Australia is like an obese person assuming that he/she can become a prize-winning athlete! We are bulking up economic muscle purely through population growth, despite our below replacement levels of fertility. There are many challenges ahead, and too often "challenges" are simply throw-away issues such as climate change, liquid fuel depletion, the energy crisis, food security and economic shortfalls for infrastructure needed by our rapid growth. Population growth makes all the problems we have worse, and creates even greater "challenges". To run the race ahead, Australia should return to what PM Bob Hawke said, We should be a "clever country", and be slim and sleek and athletic so that we are ready for the intellectual and knowledge challenges ahead. Bulking up will make our burdens heavier. Our lifestyle and environment needs to be protected, as the basis for a good future for the present, and future, generations. At least there are political parties with population policies now, and they need our support. There are some good elements of globalization, but not the globalization of our resources, jobs, land, housing, and population.

Asylum seekers arriving by boat could top 50,000 a year, making a tough response to stem the rise unavoidable, Foreign Minister Bob Carr says.

He had been attacked for describing recent arrivals as economic migrants many on the boats had actually confirmed they were not fleeing persecution. There are many countries with economies and lifestyles worse, or much worse, than any of the problems Australian are facing.

He said on the basis that they are not fleeing persecution, they could not object to being resettled in PNG, a robust democracy with a free press and freedom of religion.

"You have got 3000 people arriving a month. The annual rate is something like 40 to 50,000 a year if it continues at this level".

However, the overwhelming number of legal, permanent and temporary migrants, is being ignored in the asylum seeker debate. In May 2012, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced a planned intake for the 2012–13 Migration Program of 190 000 permanent migrants with the majority of places allocated to skilled entrants (129 250 places in the skill stream, 60 185 places in the family stream and 565 special eligibility places for former residents). The temporary working visa holders is uncapped, and increasing each year.

Papua New Guinea's last census in 2011 by the World Bank found that the country had just over 7 million people, and increase of 1.8 million from 2000. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has warned that Papua New Guinea’s high population growth rate presents the government a mammoth challenge in the delivery of its infrastructure development program. It offers little opportunity for earning cash and in places is stretched beyond its sustainable limits by population growth.

The UNHCR noted that amid the high levels of crime and violence in PNG, “persons of concern, unlike most expatriates in PNG, cannot afford additional security. Non-Melanesian asylum seekers and refugees in PNG are particularly vulnerable to xenophobia and racism amongst the local population.”

Successful refugees who settled here in the post war period, and even from Vietnam, does not set a precedent for today's displaced. The world has changed enormously and the challenges humanity faces are completely different. There are no new welcoming nations to enjoy opportunities that existed in the past. Never before in history has there been today's tidal wave of human migrations. Mass movements of people, hereafter referred to as “diaspora”, in large scale and higher frequency have clearly set a “global trend” that has marked the 21st Century.

The inhabitants of planet Earth have been blessed with a vast supply of most basic materials. But we are placing increased pressure on those supplies, and in some cases we face, in our lifetimes, or those of our children, the prospect of severe resource depletion.”

Just what this tsunami of disaster will look like may, as yet, be hard to discern, but experts warn of “water wars” over contested river systems, global food riots sparked by soaring prices for life’s basics, mass migrations of climate refugees (with resulting anti-migrant violence), and the breakdown of social order or the collapse of states.
(Entering a Resource-Shock World, How Resource Scarcity and Climate Change Could Produce a Global Explosion By Michael T. Klare)

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