“If you believe Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are congested — well, suck it up, because more people from God knows what country are on their way. They will come because they want to and under the circumstances they choose,”
Written by Barnaby Joyce in an Op-Ed for the Australian on 3rd January, 2019.
The sort of paragraph which is easily skipped over. Contains nothing we haven’t heard before. Yet it deserves some unpicking.
If you believe Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are congested — well, suck it up.
Yes, that is a fact. Those three cities are congested. Obviously incoming migrants are to blame. There are over 230,000 per year. We should disregard all those randy Australian residents who contribute another 156,000 new residents each year. And every one of those migrants heads for one of those three cities as a permanent place of abode. Places where 50% of Australia’s population already live.
Even if no immigrants move to other cities or other parts of the country, this number only adds 1.8% to the number in the three nominated cities. I will let you, patient reader, do the maths as I did. Of course people arrive and move to where the jobs are. Often elsewhere.
Sorry, Barnaby, a slow increase of less than 2% due to migration is not going to make things noticeably worse in the short to medium term. In the long term it would be hoped that the various tiers of Government will solve the problems with better infrastructure, as has happened throughout the history of cities.
Although these people are not the true target of Barnaby’s jibe.
more people from God knows what country are on their way.
Ahh, it is the expected dog whistle regarding refugees and asylum seekers. How could I have forgotten that huge 23,000 extra people. 10% of the total immigrant intake. Obviously they are the extra population which totally makes the congestion in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane become noticeably worse every year.
Sorry, Barnaby. You are correct and I am totally ignorant to have missed that. That 0.28% increase makes all the difference! How can any Government cope with such an incredibly huge population increase from a single source?
They will come because they want to and under the circumstances they choose
A generous hat tip to the wonderfully criminal ex-prime minister, John Howard who famously said, ‘we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.’
Remember he led the party whose present leader has just said, ‘‘If you have a go, you get a go.‘ Obviously we are a Nation where free enterprise is the aim.
- Unless you are an energy producer who wants to change to a renewable power source.
- Unless you are a woman wanting to represent the Coalition in Parliament.
- Unless you are a refugee who seeks asylum.
So either Barnaby is off his tree or his leader is telling porkies. The ex-deputy PM is implying that having a go at arriving in Australia is not a good thing. Obviously the comment is aimed at asylum seekers yet they are a minuscule proportion of the migrant arrivals. So they make little difference to the congestion in the three big cities.
I’m sorry, Barnaby, please use a little logic in your scatterbrained Op-Eds.
Or sober up before you sit at your keyboard.