Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

The massive immorality of mass immigration

First published April 19

Despite an overwhelming majority of Australians opposing mass immigration we continue to engorge our nation’s population like a force-fed goose.

Mass immigration is a bi-partisan strategy; both our major parties are in lock-step frog-marching the electorate down the road to Big Australia. It is the centrepiece of Australian economic dogma that no one voted for.

Long-ago John Maynard Keynes warned of politicians who unconsciously wed themselves to defunct economic ideology, deluding themselves of their practical policy credentials:

“Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.”

And there are none more frenzied or defunct than those promoted by Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman; scribblers who sought to replace the nation-state with the marketplace. Their slavish devotees oversaw an orgy of deregulation, trickle-down lunacy and sadistic austerity that has brought western society to the precipice.

Australia’s mad-dog policy of mass immigration is essentially such a neoliberal construct. It is predicated upon a quasi-religious belief in globalised markets that goes hand-in-hand with a practical distain for the will of the people. It’s part of the political pandemic that inevitably heads down the road to social dislocation and inequality.

Like most belief-based ideologies, neoliberal thinking requires a leap of faith – that everything in life is essentially an economic problem with one cure. With such blinker in place on a one-trick pony it is possible to dispose of the nation-state as an antiquated irrelevance.

Politicians on both sides of Australian politics have long ago decided that markets are their constituency. Markets make politics easy because no one needs to stand on principle – few have the intellect to do so unilaterally anyway. Markets can be blamed for failures. Markets donate. Instead, politicians can just chatter about values as they do the bidding of markets as they ride their ebb and flow and hope for the best.

Lobotomised of principle, both sides of politics in Australia have got on with the business of mass immigration flogging off the amenity once enjoyed by Australian citizens as an act of social vandalism born of political desperation.

It’s really all they are capable of doing; putting the national silverware up for sale once productivity had been put in the too hard basket.

And this is why mass immigration has never been tested as an electoral issue. At its heart is political apathy that has turned us into a market-based society where wealth determines your value. Even the far left has given up on egalitarianism as anything other than window dressing for PC-driven rhetoric.

It wasn’t always this way.

Once upon a time, before neoliberal rabies infected the minds of Australian politicians and policy makers, we lived in communities, not economies. We were aware of the amenity they offered in terms of public assets and facilities in a self-assured sort of way. As a consequence most of us felt we had a share ownership of a park, a state school, swimming pool and a public library just to mention a few public assets that boldly advertised the word ‘community’ and ‘state’ at their entrance. They enriched our lives.

Once in Sydney and Melbourne you could even park your car for free on public land, obtain a seat on a train or get a spot on the beach.

No one really though much about the amenity we enjoyed. Had we, it might have occurred to us that it had been paid for by our society over many generations – it was an inheritance and part of a unique national culture that made us very different to the rest of the world. It meant that for the price it cost you to live in your community you shared, maintain and expanded this public amenity, eventually passing it on to the next generation of Australians. And as an Australian you were somewhat smugly aware that you had access to a very high level of amenity and a high quality of life as a consequence. It was not luck that created this type of community, but a choice born of cultural values inherited from other generations.

This was how our society invested in its people.

But the neoliberal scribblers saw this very differently. To them our amenity was an unrealised asset that should be marketised. By doing so it had the potential to make a lot of money for a select few if the right sort of market conditions could be created. Because there were lots people in the world beyond our borders with far less amenity than you and I; people who were prepared to pay a far higher price for much less amenity if they could get their hands on it.

In a global market-place awash with money and debt there were lots of people who wanted to park their money in Australia.

What stood in the way of realising this new market was the idea that by virtue of our Australian citizenship we had a greater right to our amenity than they did. Australians demanded a higher standard of living and the protection of our communities. This concept, once at the very core of tangible community values, was anathema to neoliberal thinkers.

To them the days of the nation-state working to protect your standard of living had to come to an end. Your sense of entitlement that your nation, community and culture owed you a certain standard of living would be disposed of.

Myths and crises would be manufactured and trotted out to convince us that this had all been blind luck in the past – and that our luck had run out. One of the most enduring pieces of propaganda would be Australia’s ‘aging population’ crisis and other pending dooms arising from an artificially created ‘skills shortage’ – once TAFE had been hobbled, universities marketised and wages stagnated.

That done the globalist rent seeking vision for their new market swung into action.

Lots of new high-density homes were built in the communities of our major cities; authorised by compliant state governments and councils who had no real choice. Now wedded to funds generated from development in order to pick up the infrastructure bill, they were effectively pressganged into the business of mass immigration by the federal government stepping on the population accelerator in Canberra and sending the wheels spinning in Sydney and Melbourne.

Clearly the type of people shipped to buy into our share of amenity were carefully selected. Once more, globalists would provide the easy solution to this problem. The perfect people would be found in developing countries. They’d already received an education paid for by their nation’s scarcer public funds or by their own family; as long as it was someone else’s money it didn’t matter. In that way Australia’s tertiary institutions were kept as degree-mills for overseas students rather than providing the productive competitive edge for its own citizens.

And this was very simple for the neoliberals to achieve. They did what they always did and cut off funding and turned education into yet another marketplace in a constant crisis and in a competitive penny-pinching race to the bottom.

Accordingly, the legalised human trafficking and the looting of your amenity would be a carefully controlled process to benefit those at the top of the housing Ponzi scheme. Indeed, it would be our federal government, housing industry, immigration booster lobby and an assortment of dubious ‘demographers’ who’d decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.

Importantly the electorate wouldn’t. The very last thing the neoliberals wanted to do was to put Australian population policy to a vote.

Democracy could not be allowed to stand in the way of new people flooding in to fill the poorly built vertical high-density buildings that would make the donors to our political parties very rich and very powerful. Such buildings would be centrally placed to become Australia’s urban slums of the 21st century and not just because of their sub-standard construction but because of the low expectations that they contained within them.

These are politically incorrect things we are not allowed to talk of.

Because if the people who dwell there and invest in these boxes have an expectation of a much lower level of amenity and environmental quality than Australian citizens of the past, so much the better for the neoliberals. Such box-dwellers will pay far more for far less. Consequently, our capital cities can be filled with cladded concrete towers that once most Australians would not have though fit for a dog.

Like a lead weight attached to our cultural identity, our quality of life was dragged down by a new vision of cultural and class relativism. Our dog-boxes are cheaper and better than dog-boxes in China you see; just ask someone from China and let them set the demand here in Australia.

Of course, if you live at Point Piper or Toorak the fire sale of working and middle-class Australia’s amenity and our cultural values didn’t affect you. You were still be able to walk your dog in leafy streets and in near-empty and manicured parkland.

Long ago your community’s planning laws meant that you’d never experience high-density living or a need to pay the ultimate ‘great big new tax’ by relinquishing your access to public assets and space. Your standard of living will just get better as the gap between you and the rest widens – and that’s the whole point.

Because in your world amenity is called heritage, not entitlement. It is the law of the land where the few live in its sanctuary. It is the 99% underclass who will live in your economy with their ever-diminishing amenity sequestered by global markets and auctioned off from under them.

The lucky few of inherited wealth can sleep easily in a community behind a 10-foot wall safe from the ravages of the market-based society in the suburbs far away.

And if anyone ever calls out the rank immorality and injustice of this arrangement, like a guilty Pavlov’s dog caught with someone else’s dinner in your chops, bark out with your mouth full and act outraged – for they must be a racist.

*Dr Vino Veritas is known to the Editor …

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Robin Charles Halton

    April 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    If we are not careful as a nation with only 10% of our land mass classed as being habitable and as we keep growing our population too far beyond the current reach of 24.8 million people, then Australia will be heading down a path of unsustainable living standards.

    Australia is outgrowing itself based on water resources and available arable land to support us.

    Out of our 24.8 million people our urban population is an outstanding shocker at 22.3 million souls!

    The Turnbull government should be making plans immediately for a sustainable Australia in terms of population growth within the nation, and start cutting immigration to counteract increasing real possibility population dysfunctions which could eventually lead to civil unrest.

    Turnbull and other leader as Shorten and di Natale should jointly agree to talk about this compelling subject in real terms, and not just as political manoeuvring for brownie points.

    Whether it be internal growth or our immigration including refugee intake, satisfactory future lifestyles will be based on coping with an entire range of sustainable practices as a part of our living standards.

    However, opening up Central Australia for crop production and stock breeding with the help of rich Asian financiers to feed Asia is absolutely beyond me!

    Diverting of inland rivers and watercourses with the creation of huge water storages within the most arid regions of the continent will have to cease to prevent an environmental disaster, and an economic disaster for investors caught up in export trade of supporting other nations which are already facing their own issues with unsustainable population growth!

    Time to recognise change, and to start scaling back to a reasonable level of population growth – otherwise we will reach another point of chaos besides water resources currently under threat which support a population on narrow strips of the nation’s arable landmass.

  2. Jack

    April 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    #8 … Unfortunately The Greens are dead in the water. They made a decision that their constituency was inner city, and that PC concerns and immigration and sustainability was too much of a hot button issue. This has been a terminal strategic mistake.

    If they had stuck to their Green guns over sustainability and embraced a population policy they would now be in a commanding position in several electorates and have a policy distinct from the other parties.

    Ironically they would have taken almost all One Nation protest votes (their PC nemesis) over immigration, and split the ALP and LNP vote over people disenchanted with mass immigration. In exchange they might have lost a small minority of the loopy left, but were else will these people go?

    It is about the only issue that could have seen them increase numbers in the lower house and gain the balance of power in the senate. Instead, they pissed it against the wall for the sake of virtue signalling and social justice campaigning that has delivered zero to the Australian environment.

    In fact, The Greens are helping make every other environmental problem worse by being a champion for mass immigration – with low refugee intakes too!

    The people who turned The Greens into just another political party are not going to reform it either. Like a cat climbing the mast of a sinking ship they’ll cling on until the last of it slips beneath the waves.

    They are going the way of the Australian Democrats. Everyone smells their political death.

  3. Andrew

    April 20, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I agree with comment #4. The Greens are no better when it comes to immigration policy. This dumbfounds me as a pragmatic non-partisan voter. Why stay silent on a policy that is causing irreversible damage to our county’s thin strips of arable land? Why do Sydney Green MPs literally stick their finger up when the press write articles about Sydney being full?

    The voting public is quickly becoming educated with respect to refugees making up a very small component of the overall intake. If the Greens continue to take the simplistic line that reducing immigration is racist and causes harm to refugees, then they will do so to their own detriment.

  4. George Smiley

    April 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    #5 … It won’t be easy keeping Tasmania beautiful during the coming influx if every ‘Tasmanian’ somehow has the right to housing.

    Anybody with a dog and a U-haul that gets off the boat is automatically a native. Perhaps we can take a leaf out of the Canadian book where the Premier of Alberta, incensed by the British Columbian intransigence in refusing a right-of -way to Kinder Morgan’s heavy tar-sands oil pipeline (with accompanying organic solvents to make it run) has made threats of retaliation, beginning with a ban on B.C. wine.

    Immigrants will also have the right to work and vote, with sorry implications for this island’s disappearing wild remnant beneath bulldozers, housing, faux mineral deposits and cable cars; the whole ongoing catastrophe of our political cargo-cult of charlatans.

  5. William Bourke

    April 19, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Hear, hear Kim!

  6. Kim Peart

    April 19, 2018 at 9:22 am

    As the mainland gets hotter, an increasing number of fellow Australians will move to Tasmania, and we will not be able to do a thing about that.

    I suggest that in a heating up world the Tasmanian population could go to a couple of million, as there are enough people on the mainland who could move here, seeking a cool change.

    Do we need a climate change plan? ~ http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/article/does-tasmania-need-a-climate-change-plan/

    As the Earth gets hotter, and as tropical regions may become uninhabitable with heat levels and humidity that kill people, and with sea levels rising, we can expect a very large population increase into Australia.

    Climate change migration into Australia will also drive further migration into Tasmania.

    This is a predictable future that we need plan for, or Australia will become a really horrible place.

    The housing crisis is revealing how Tasmania can all too easily become a more horrible place for many people, directly caused by a booming economy.

    Are we interested in figuring out how to run an economy that is fair to all, and able to share?

    When we are willing to rebel against an economic dogma that uses poverty to drive growth, then we may also gain the head-space to plan for a dangerous future on this planet, In Australia, and here in Tasmania as well.

    Climate change planning needs to include all options. This plan needs to inspire action.

    As part of my campaign in Prosser I am holding seven community meetings, which include consideration of a climate change plan, and how we can keep Tasmania beautiful in a dangerous and changing world.

    This will be tough work.

    My postcard going out in Prosser ~

    Ross ~ 6pm Thursday 26 April, Town Hall supper room
    Sorell ~ 6pm Saturday 28 April, Sorell Memorial Hall supper room
    Bagdad ~ 2pm Sunday 29 April, Bagdad Community Club, 1661 Midlands Hwy
    Oatlands ~ 6pm Monday 30 April, Ex-Servicemen’s & Women’s Club, 1 Albert St, Oatlands
    Eaglehawk Neck ~ 6pm Tuesday 1 May, Eaglehawk Neck Community Hall
    Swansea ~ 6pm Wednesday 2 May, Swansea Town Hall

    I fight to fix the housing crisis through every Tasmanian having a home. I am proposing a new approach to tourism, with walking and cycle trails between country towns, which will lead to a mini coach service connecting towns, cities and airports. I seek ways for Tasmania to connect to the global space industry, creating work, launching amazing careers and opening the way to new enterprises. We need a climate change plan to drought-proof Tasmania, and to prepare for any rapid influx of mainland migrants.

    The seventh meeting is revealed upon request ~ kimpeart@iinet.net.au

    This can be a fantastic discussion, especially focusing on how we can build a sustainable future through and beyond the rising catastrophes that we must now weather and survive.

  7. Jack Jolly

    April 18, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Both comments (#1 & #2) hit that nail on the head in a different way. Each case represents an exploitation of people and a profound disregard for human rights whether they be those used as cannon fodder or in a live cattle trade of humans to produce cheap labour and to keep the debt bubble going.

    The neoliberals have dressed up exploitation as a virtue.

    Just as disturbing is the rise of the far left “useful idiot” who sees an opposition to the live human cattle trade of mass immigration as racism. Whilst all parties have made much of “boat people” they have been a great distraction to the policy of immigration for the most cynical of economic purposes.

    People have become money. The government admits it, yet no one is repelled by this, it seems.

    Anyone who thinks that more and more people in a labour market adds to the value and respect given to people already here (ie – the more the better) is a fool. Just as they are a fool if they think stuffing more and more people into cities is a great strategy for civilised societies.

    The left in this country has tied itself in knots with PC drivel that neither respects citizens of this country, immigrants nor the environment. The ALP and The Greens would rather seem PC and humane rather than lead a debate on what a sustainable Australia would look like. Instead, they have abandoned the stage.

    We should be taking more genuine refugees who would have a real commitment to Australia. Big Australia is a plan to make the country just like every other place in the world – stuffed, and run by markets.

  8. Simon Warriner

    April 18, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    It is also helpful (to the Banks) to have a shortage of housing caused by endless migrants to push the house prices, and hence the size of the loans, ever skywards.

    Remember, all wars are bankers wars, and there is more than one way of killing a cat than drowning it in cream.

  9. max

    April 18, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    We have joined the coalition of the willing to bomb the crap out of countries and when we have created mass immigration of refugees with attitude we offer them some where to live. Where else in the world would you create possible enemies by destroying their homes, killing loved ones and their livelihoods and then ask them to come and live with you and expect that we can all play happy families.

  10. john hayward

    April 18, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Dr Vino’s is being too kind to neoliberals, most of whom are simply self-interested conservatives who couldn’t distinguish a philosophy from a bar of soap. Many of them actually share Dr V’s aversion to mass immigration insofar as it is specific to migrants of a different hue or culture, which alarms them.

    What they do like is a surplus of workers with scanty knowledge of Australian labor laws, who keep wages down, are handy stats when boasting of gross numbers in work, who need to purchase stuff, and and who possibly provide a reassuring hypothetical number of soldiers who could bolster the size of the forces protecting our borders from rogue armadas.

    But don’t take it from me. Ask Minister Dutto.

    John Hayward

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