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Melbourne Population Growth or Immigrant Racism Bigotry

Is Melbourne too big for its own good?  Sydney Road, Coburg, wears its remarkable ethnic diversity matter of factly, in the very rhythms of daily life….. Just off this bustling strip is the office of Kelvin Thomson, the Labor member for Wills in the Federal Parliament. Thomson, Coburg-born, has just been re-elected for a seventh term.  It would be fair to assume that Thomson is a supporter of a multicultural Australia, which is true. But Thomson is something of an apparent contradiction: he is also a passionate advocate of cutting net overseas migration, part of a mission to halt population growth and head off the apparent inevitability of a Big Australia – and indeed a Big Victoria, a Big Melbourne….

…..On the evidence so far, it appears unlikely. Paul Collins, the historian and former Catholic priest who argues for a sustainable population, says the debate is toxic. ”There’s this lurking fear that somehow anybody who says that we really need to look at population issues is anti-refugee, is probably racist at heart and certainly doesn’t believe in immigration.”

”It’s a very difficult debate in Australia,” agrees Kelvin Thomson. ”In some respects, allegations of racism are being used in the way McCarthyism used to be used in the 1950s to close down debate and to smear people who had views that others wanted to disagree with.

”But instead of disagreeing with them through argument and evidence, they’ve simply disagreed by way of name calling and character attacks.”

Here we go, the usual suspects trotting out the anti population line, while being very economic with the facts:

1.  The anti population movement does not provide any empirical evidence to support their claims of causal link between “immigration” and “overloaded infrastructure” etc., either in Australia or internationally.  In fact internationally populations will have started to decline within a generation and will continue to do so, according to Deutsche Bank (peaking well below UN estimate).

2.  Further, they brazenly distort population data which is then reported at face value by mainstream media, e.g. conflation and confusion of definitions through the net overseas migration NOM data.  NOM (added to existing resident population + births/deaths to make population number) is mostly temporary residents under the 12/16+ month rule, such as backpackers, 457s, international students, NZ’ers, returning Australians and dependents plus new permanent immigrants, but the media and anti population movement deem them all as “immigrants” which inflates numbers and makes for more alarming headlines…..

3.  While claiming their critics as McCarthyist regarding claims of racism, again they are economical with the truth.  Thompson attends events of Progressives for Immigration Reform in the USA, PFIR is part of the John Tanton network…..

4.  Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) and Stable Population Party (SPP) members including Mark O’Connor and patrons such as Bob Carr (+ mate Paul Ehrlich) et al, Dr. Bob Birrell and colleagues at Monash University’s Centre for Population and Urban Research (CPUR),  Cory Bernardi (ALEC), are all linked directly and indirectly to the John Tanton network, with both Birrell and O’Connor having contributed to Tanton’s journal the Social Contract Press (TSCP).

5.  The Social Contract Press has been described as:

The Social Contract Press (TSCP) routinely publishes race-baiting articles penned by white nationalists. The press is a program of U.S. Inc, the foundation created by John Tanton, the racist founder and principal ideologue of the modern nativist movement. TSCP puts an academic veneer of legitimacy over what are essentially racist arguments about the inferiority of today’s immigrants. Recent articles in its main product, The Social Contract, have propagated the myth that Latino activists want to occupy and ‘reclaim’ the American Southwest, argued that no Muslim immigrants should be allowed into the U.S., and claimed that multiculturalists are trying to replace “successful Euro-American culture” with “dysfunctional Third World cultures.” 

Australian media could start by asking some hard questions of these people e.g. what is your evidence apart from unfounded claims, anecdotes, and distorted population data?

If there is no evidence, what is this dog whistling all about then?



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