This article destroys the claim by the anti-population (anti-pops) lobby comprising the Stable Population Party and their rivals, Stop Population Growth Now Party (SPNG), that migration is destroying the Australians way of life through consumption.
In my article Eco-Fascist face of population control I dismissed the anti-pops food shortage fear campaign in Australia, by producing comprehensive data from ABARE and other government sources, on the sheer volume of food Australian farmers and graziers produce every year.
If, in a moment of madness, we decided to drive our exports on to the domestic market, every man, woman and child would be required to eat about $500,000 of meat, grain and vegetables per year, every year.
I exposed their meta-ideology of rolling psychology, sociology, biology, climate analysis, Marxist economics and half-baked mathematics, into an embarrassing roulade of nonsense. The anti-pops thinking has much in common with the conspiratorial and delusional beliefs of the Heaven’s Gate cult in America before their mass suicide.
The anti-pops have been relentless campaigners against migrants and Australia’s humanitarian aid programs. Let’s turn our attention to disaggregating migrant numbers in our population and their transitory nature.
First of all we need to understand the difference between people who come to Australia on Temporary visas and those who come on Permanent visas. I have chosen 2009-10 as it was around the mean of migrants to enter Australia on both visa types.
Keep this ABS definition of Number of Migrants (NOM) in mind.
“NOM is the addition (or loss) to the resident population arising from the difference between those leaving Australia and those arriving, either permanently or on a long-term basis (in the county 12 months or more over a 16 month period). This includes long-term temporary entrants such as overseas students, New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or citizens returning home.” (Italics are mine).
Components of NOM
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics and Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
The NOM is fluid. Waves of people come in and waves of people leave. It is not simply an endless addition of wave upon wave of people.
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Malcolm King works in generational workforce change. He was an associate director at DEEWR Labour Market Strategy in Canberra and the senior communications strategist at Carnegie Mellon University. He also runs a professional writing business called Republic.