Attached Report published with Dr. Bob Birrells permission
Demographers Bob Birrell and Ernest Healy of Monash University have released their most recent report, entitled Scare Jobs: Migrants or Locals at the end of the Queue? This damning report highlights the incompatibility of recent and current immigration policies sponsored by both Labor and Liberal governments.
The Centre for Population and Urban Research report dated August 2013 calls to attention the devastating effect of high levels of immigration on Australian jobseekers especially the youth. Over the past couple of years, job growth has stalled from 259,000 in the year to May 2011, to 110,000 in the year 2013-2014, and despite this, Australias permanent migration program reached a high of 214,000 in 2013-2013 financial year.
Over 250,000 young people leave school each year. They are then faced with the task of competing with a similar number of those on Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visas, coupled with Australias population growth of 1.7% or 370,000 a year (including 214,000 permanent migrants) and a pool of over 1.1 million foreigners (excluding New Zealanders) on temporary work visas. This has created a dire situation for locals especially the young local workers without post-school education.
University educated job seekers are also finding it increasingly difficult to secure employment. For example, Australia has an over-supply of accountants, and despite this, large numbers of foreign accountants are still being granted work visas.
Table 1 Temporary entrants in Australia as of March 2012 and March 2013
Considering that some 457 visas are for multiple years, the total of 457 visa holders is approximately 600,000 which has a close relationship to the number of unemployed.
Then there are the refugees!
Said to be 13,599 per year.
March 2012 March 2013 Change
Students 344,480 332,470 12,010
Visitors 220,380 248,250 27,870
457s 160,420 190,920 30,500
Working Holiday Makers 142,600 170,700 28,100
Bridging Visas 132,320 118,820 13,500
Temporary Graduate Visa Holders 27,980 41,090 13,110
Others 28,670 30,310 1,640
NZ 616110 632890 16780
Total 1,056,850 1,132,560 75,710
Full Total change 92,490
Table 1 above details the full extent of temporary entrants and temporary visa holders with work rights in Australia. The 457 and WHM visa categories are rising drastically, taking away employment opportunities from Australians in low skilled service jobs, and the hospitality and construction industries.
There is a lot of misinformation being pushed by self-appointed demographers, government ministers, political parties and vested interests on the need for more foreign labour.
Self-appointed KPMG Demographer Bernard Salt is well known for his incorrect statements when commenting on demographics and the cry for ever-increasing levels of immigration. In his recent book, The Big Tilt, he claims: 2011 is a break point year. From this year onwards, more baby boomers exit the workforce than generation Ys enter. The above excerpt from Bernards book is propaganda and not statistically correct.
The lack of genuine public discussion on the pressing issue of high levels of immigration, especially third world immigration is adding to our woes. More than ever the nation needs robust public discussion on the matter. Debate needs to come from a broad range of stakeholders, including the Australian workers who are being displaced and retired early due to successive governments preference for unsustainable immigration.
The negativity and incompatibility of successive immigration policies have contributed to growing dole queues, while increasing numbers of foreign workers on temporary work visas and new migrants displace Australians in the job market. Regrettably, it seems our government has been shackled to pro-population growth advocates and the lobbying of well-organised special interest groups.
Party for Freedom believes protection of the Australian worker is paramount. The Australian battler worker deserves a better deal from our government. It does not make sense to import large numbers of foreign workers on temporary visas or maintain high levels of permanent immigration when real job growth has stalled creating an environment of lost opportunity for local job seekers.
It is time for the Australian government to do the right thing and shut the gate on large-scale immigration, so that local workers, especially the young, are protected from the encroaching, foreign, job hungry multitudes.