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Since the founding of Australia, immigration has gone though many phases, from almost nil during the depression, to mass movements during and following World War II.  The results of immigration vary, and carry with it many responsibilities for our Australian society that must be performed to maintain an orderly, successful community. 

5.4 million, or an average of more than 103,000 per year, have migrated to Australia since 1945. 
Post-war immigration has amounted for 58% of Australia’s population growth.

Australia's first immigrants, the convicts, free settlers and military personnel, arrived on our shores in 1788.  Immigrants were to be the source of growth of the newly founded Australia until 1861, mainly because of the imbalance of males to females, which eventually evened out. Immigration was not established until the 1860 gold rushes and never fully established until the 1920’s when England proposed the Empire Settlement Scheme.

One of the controversial immigration policies was the White Australia Policy, passed by the Australian Government in the 1930's. This policy favoured British and North American immigrants, but discouraged Asians, and other Europeans from immigration. 

Australia today has a non-discriminatory immigration policy, meaning that anyone can apply to migrate here regardless of origin, sex, race or religion.  Migration to Australia is dependent on the applicant’s ability to meet the migration criteria of the time, which are established to meet Australia’s national needs and interests. 

There are three (3) basic factors of the immigration criteria:

the need for people
their suitability, and
their capacity to integrate with Australia

The role of immigration in Australia has been to provide growth in the population, in the work force and increase the production of goods and services, all of which are of significant importance. The disadvantage of immigration is that it expends large amounts of taxpayer resources. 

Every new arrival will make demands on employment, education, health, housing, water, power and communication, to name but a few, placing a great deal of pressure on the government and society to fulfil these demands.

Today, people from over one hundred different cultural and linguistic backgrounds live in Australia, making it one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world.

However, there MUST be clearly defined regulations for immigration.

The Immigration Policy MUST be based on the premise that all immigrants have an over riding and unifying commitments to Australia's interests and future, as their first priority. 

All immigrants must accept the basic structures and principals of the Australian society, the Australian Constitution, the Australian Flag, Australia's rule of law, tolerance and equality, parliamentary democracy, freedom of speech and religion, equality of the sexes and, embrace English as the national language.

It is essential for the criteria of Immigration to clearly state, that all immigrants are required to become naturalised Australians within a set period of time (suggested maximum of 3 years) or the terms and conditions of their entry become null and void. 

A bond, payable in cash, and in advance, for the repatriation of those who do not comply within the specified timeframe, will ensure only those genuine persons will be able to accept Australia's hospitality.

The rate of Australia's immigration MUST be structured in accordance with Australia's economic growth sustainability.


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The Government's first obligation must always be to those people already in Australia. 

Immigration must not be an economic, social, cultural or environmental burden upon RESIDENT Australians. 

Australia's policy toward immigration should be directed at asking, 'what can this immigrant do for us', rather than, 'what can we do for this immigrant'. 

If there is a genuine reason to bring in migrants with a certain skill that cannot be fulfilled from Australian sources, then there is a case for limited immigration. 

It is a mistake to bring in large numbers of unskilled, non-English speaking migrants, especially during a period of economic uncertainty, high unemployment and worldwide ethnic instability. 

A policy of zero net immigration is the only realistic conclusion at this time. This will reduce intake numbers to approximately 25,000 on average per year. 

Consideration must be given for the abolition of the concessional family category, which gives applicants with family members in Australia an extra advantage over independent applicants. 

Australia's Government must:


CREATE employment as a matter of urgency

INITIATE taxpayer funded NEW infrastructure such as additional WATER storage facilities

PROVIDE incentives to promote single income earning families


REDUCE immigration numbers




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