The Tide of Public Opinion Is Turning Against Immigration

Anne Wright and John Masanauskas, Daily Telegraph, May 22, 2012

More than half of Australians want our borders closed and immigration ended.

New research, provided exclusively to The Daily Telegraph, reveals a dramatic swing against border issues, with 51 per cent in favour of saying no to all migrants—a 10 per cent jump since 2005.

Fears over falling job security and the burgeoning population putting more strain on infrastructure are two reasons for the shift in attitudes. The federal opposition said yesterday the anti-immigration sentiment was due to rising public anger about the number of asylum seekers attempting to enter the country.

Just a third of the 2000 people questioned by Quantum Market Research for AustraliaSCAN believed overseas migration made Australia “a more interesting and exciting place”, down from almost half in 1995.

Almost two thirds said they believed migrants should try to “adopt the Australian way of life” when they arrived.

The number who believe the country has room to accommodate more people also plunged to less than a third, down from 42 per cent a decade ago.

Monash University migration expert Bob Birrell said the results showed public opinion about immigration had moved into new territory.

“I think they are right to be worried, we have record levels of immigration and as a consequence we are allowing 100,000 migrants to enter the workforce at a time when employment growth is at a level lower than that,” Dr Birrell said.

“People are concerned that the present rate of population growth is not sustainable and is going to make Australia a poorer place to live rather than a better one.”

The government’s immigration and refugee program for 2012-13 is expected to reach a record 203,000 people, similar to the mass migration intakes of the 1960s.

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  • “Is turning?”  It is my contention that the opinion of native born white Australians has always been this way.  Look what what John Howard had to do to win re-election as Prime Minister in 2001 and 2004, and he actually tried it in 2007 but unsuccessfully.

    • You’re right as usual QD, as whenever the
      Australia people (or any populations of White countries for that matter) are
      surveyed, the results are always overwhelmingly against it.

      Yet the only time we usually get to hear about
      immigration as a political issue though, is roughly six months before an
      election, then the subject gets buried again for a few years.

      Even my Marxist mother made has made the
      retrained comment that Australia has been overly generous with its immigration
      scheme.

      We don’t just have multiculturalism, we have
      multi-multiculturalism, in that it’s not just that we can’t understand most of
      ‘them’, but there are so many different cultures that they don’t have a hope in
      hell of understanding each other!

      When you go to an A&E or stay in a maternity
      ward and every single person in front of you (or in the ward) needs a different
      and very specific interpreter, the system is obviously is not working. We have
      migrants who’ve been in the country for 60 years and who’re so cocooned by
      their own families and enclaves of people, that they’ve don’t and have never
      had the need to speak one word of English, because hey someone else will pay
      the high costs to communicate to you, because it’s your basic human right.
      Where I used to work, we’d have to pay $70 an hour to access a phone book like
      data base of interpreters, so we could quibble with our dead beat foreign
      customers over getting them to pay a mandatory charge (it was in our companies
      interest for our competitors to take these customers away from us due to the
      high costs of servicing them).

      What I don’t get about this headline, is the
      tide is turning against immigration? Australia has always had high immigration,
      but when the immigrants were fellow Whites, our cultural commonalities and the
      willingness of non Australian Anglos to assimilate themselves to the Australian
      way of life, made their impact almost unnoticeable.

      All you have to do is hang around any international
      airport’s pre-customs arrivals lounge to see what some these non-whites think
      they can get away with bringing into the country in terms of dead animals and
      food products, their attitudes and sense of entitlement is mindboggling. Last
      time I few back into Australia, I was sitting across from a family of Pacific Islanders
      who were flying ‘one way’ who had no family in Australia, no jobs waiting for
      them, no where to stay (I think they were going to a back packers via a shuttle)
      and all of their possessions were kept in a black rubbish bag, but they knew
      that they would be ‘looked after’ once they got there, and they will be at the
      expense of the Australian tax payer.You’re right as usual QD, as whenever the
      Australia people (or any populations of White countries for that matter) are
      surveyed, the results are always overwhelmingly against it.

      Yet the only time we usually get to hear about
      immigration as a political issue though, is roughly six months before an
      election, then the subject gets buried again for a few years.

      Even my Marxist mother made has made the
      retrained comment that Australia has been overly generous with its immigration
      scheme.

      We don’t just have multiculturalism, we have
      multi-multiculturalism, in that it’s not just that we can’t understand most of
      ‘them’, but there are so many different cultures that they don’t have a hope in
      hell of understanding each other!

      When you go to an A&E or stay in a maternity
      ward and every single person in front of you (or in the ward) needs a different
      and very specific interpreter, the system is obviously is not working. We have
      migrants who’ve been in the country for 60 years and who’re so cocooned by
      their own families and enclaves of people, that they’ve don’t and have never
      had the need to speak one word of English, because hey someone else will pay
      the high costs to communicate to you, because it’s your basic human right.
      Where I used to work, we’d have to pay $70 an hour to access a phone book like
      data base of interpreters, so we could quibble with our dead beat foreign
      customers over getting them to pay a mandatory charge (it was in our companies
      interest for our competitors to take these customers away from us due to the
      high costs of servicing them).

      What I don’t get about this headline, is the
      tide is turning against immigration? Australia has always had high immigration,
      but when the immigrants were fellow Whites, our cultural commonalities and the
      willingness of non Australian Anglos to assimilate themselves to the Australian
      way of life, made their impact almost unnoticeable.

      All you have to do is hang around any international
      airport’s pre-customs arrivals lounge to see what some these non-whites think
      they can get away with bringing into the country in terms of dead animals and
      food products, their attitudes and sense of entitlement is mindboggling. Last
      time I few back into Australia, I was sitting across from a family of Pacific Islanders
      who were flying ‘one way’ who had no family in Australia, no jobs waiting for
      them, no where to stay (I think they were going to a back packers via a shuttle)
      and all of their possessions were kept in a black rubbish bag, but they knew
      that they would be ‘looked after’ once they got there, and they will be at the
      expense of the Australian tax payer.

  • Robert11110

    The tide of public opinion has been turned against immigration for a long time now in the US  but it doesn’t stop the wealthy elite and their politician puppets from importing more and more.

  • JohnEngelman

    Any country in the world should allow the immigration of whites of European ancestry and Orientals. They usually perform and behave well wherever they live and wherever they move. I see no point in allowing third world immigration, except on a case by case basis. 

  • The more brown people you bring in
    the MORE troubles you’ll have.

    Plain & simple

  • JackKrak

    When was the “tide of public opinion” FOR immigration???

    • The__Bobster

      Never, except from the people who wanted cheap labor and/or camouflage.

  • Mel

    I find is so strange what is happening in Australia.  If you look at the racial make-up of the kids – a lot are non-white.  

    The migrant population is not reading from the same page of the book to the what our white population is bullied to believing; in fact a lot of migrants are reading from a totally different book.

    Multiculturalism forces people to retain all their baggage from their homeland.  The popular focus is on how racist white Australians are.  No matter how hard we try it is never enough; no matter how much we try to make up for alleged injustices of the past they are never forgiven.  

    Allegations of racism is just another teat to be sucked at; the more you squeal the more people will give and not question or ask you to prove the allegations.  

    Australia will simply be a different place in 50 years time. My guess is that it may not be as good as it is now.  We are living the favourable conditions set up probably by my Great Grandparents and Grandparents generation (my grandparents were born at the turn of last century).  If it isn’t as good, one thing you can be sure of, it’s all going to be whitey’s fault. 

    Why are we going in for this race-replacement? Why don’t our governments see if for what it is? This is making us vulnerable.  We may not live with the consequences but the next few generations of whites are going to; and I bet they are not going to be happy with it.  

  • Mel

    One burning question I have it: why is it that white Australian workplaces have to be diverse – but we never expect any Asian businesses to employ whites?  They obviously don’t want to.

    I studied Korean at university; I got to know about Koreans. One of the things that struck me was how negative they were about Australians.  They took the worst stereotypes and ran with them.  They saw most white Australian’s as being very lazy and an absolute liability to employ.  They were never asked to explain their racial stereotyping. 

    What gets to me is that they would ‘go home’ to Korean and repeat all this stuff.  

    Am I the only one wondering if whites are going to be able to get jobs when most the businesses are Asian owned or if corporations have majority Asian managers?  Only whites seem to be worried about being racist and diversity quotas.

    Do the white sycophants allowing this to happen really understand that if the power balance changes what that may mean; it is not going to mean they have minority rights. 

  • Mel

    Anyway, to all the Australian readers, I’d like to recommend “The White Australia Policy” by Keith Windschuttle.  It is worth a read.  

    Sometimes I think we need to spend the time to understand our own history (as in know the facts – not wrap the facts around an ideology) and correct those who start to tar Australia as being a racist hellhole. 

  • Anan7

    How about we just stop immigration  in the USA/Australia/etc., and start sending the 3rd world back to where they came from?  Seriously why not?

    The USA would be tremendously better off without them.

  • Mel

    I agree M.G.

    I have no issues with individuals. It is group agendas that are my real concern.  

    Back in the mid-90s after I graduated university and was looking for work I was interview by the owners of sheepskin apparel (boots, jackets).  They were trying to penetrate the Asian tourist market (Koreans, Japanese, Taiwanese).

    What they found was that the ‘Asian Businessmen’ controlled where the Asian tourists would go and that they would selectively take the tours to specific stores to shop – all Asian owned, who paid large fees for the tour buses to be taken to them.

    The most telling thing was that these Australian businessmen revealed an attitude I knew about,but few Australians did – that the Asian businessmen wanted to keep their countrymen’s tourist dollars within their own community. They didn’t want ‘Korean money’ making white’s rich. 

    I would read these articles in major newspapers about how ‘Asian Businessmen’ were the new dynamic that were going to be great for the Australian economy.  I just wondered about these Australian businessmen who had been frozen out for racist reasons by these dynamic Asian businessmen….

  • celtthedog

    Honestly, I sometimes think Australia will be the last redoubt of the White man. That and/or New Zealand…