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Immigration an issue to Australian voters: yet our political class remains silent

by Aussie Conservative

While a recent poll has shown more than 50 % of Australian voters see the immigration problem for what it is, major parties remain lax on this issue.

While the Coalition did stop the boats in 2013, little has been done in their 4 years of government to practically ease the rapid demographic and cultural change being forced upon the Australian people.

Likewise, the Labor party which once championed Left- populism and the White Australia policy, is hopeless on this issue, despite staggering numbers of their own voters supporting substantial reductions in immigration.

In searching for a lasting solution, we’re lead to ask: which political party has been/ is genuinely committed to cutting immigration?

Despite the crackpots, dramas, and infighting associated with One Nation, Pauline Hanson has been consistently staunch on reducing immigration throughout the years.

So much like Trump voters who held their nose when the Access Hollywood tapes came out, Australian voters might put aside the personality problems that have engulfed One Nation in recent years, to next vote for a rare, reliably patriotic party devoted to slashing immigration.

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“Voters say country is full, support partial ban on Muslim immigration: report”, News, John Masanaukas, October 25, 2017:

A MAJORITY of Australian voters believe the country is full and almost half support a partial ban on Muslim immigration, a new survey has revealed.

In a blow for official multiculturalism, it found that just over 50 percent of voters agree that Australia has changed beyond recognition and “sometimes feels like a foreign country”.

The explosive data from the poll, commissioned by The Australian Population Research Institute, has enormous implications for the main political parties as ordinary Australians cope with massive population growth driven by record migrant intakes.

The nation’s population grew by 384,000 in the year to March 2017, with 60 percent of that due to net overseas migration.

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Melbourne has among the highest growth rates of any city in the Western world — it added nearly one million people over the last decade to reach a population of more than 4.7 million.

Arrivals from Asia dominate annual migration to Victoria, with those born in India and China the top settlers.

The TAPRI survey, to be released on Thursday, was done in July-August and based on a random national sample of 2067 voters from an online panel of 300,000 people run by The Online Research Institute.

It found that 74 percent thought Australia did not need more people, with big majorities believing that population growth was putting “a lot of pressure” on hospitals, roads, affordable housing and jobs.

Fifty-four percent wanted a cut to migration, while 55 percent agreed Australia “was in danger of losing its culture and identity”, and 52 percent said the country had changed so much that it sometimes felt foreign.

On Muslim immigration, 48 percent supported a partial ban, a quarter opposed a ban and 27 percent neither supported or opposed it.

While Coalition and One Nation voters were more likely to voice concerns over migration and cultural diversity, substantial minorities of ALP voters had similar views.

In their report on the data, TAPRI researchers Dr. Katharine Betts and Dr. Bob Birrell said that the results revealed much higher public concern over such issues than recent surveys by outfits like the pro-migration Scanlon Foundation.

The authors said the nation’s political and economic elites had relied on the foundation’s consistent reports that most Australians supported their migration and multicultural policies, partly because Australia had been insulated from the economic shocks suffered by some other Western countries.

“(But) Australian voters’ concern about immigration levels and ethnic diversity do not derive from economic adversity,” the TAPRI report said.

“Rather it stems from the increasingly obvious impact of population growth on their quality of life and the rapid change in Australia’s ethnic and religious make-up.”

The authors said that such voter angst could easily be exploited in campaigns by parties like One Nation and Australian Conservatives, but it also offered the Coalition government a lifeline in the face of consistently bad opinion polls.

“The Liberal Party may have little choice but to mount such a campaign because it faces electoral oblivion in 2018 if it does not guard its voter base against challengers from the right,” they said.

“If the Liberals do make such a move, Labor is likely to be a big loser, given that many of its supporters are potentially responsive to such a move.”

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