Australian migrant population growth hits all-time high as borders reopen
29 Apr 2023
Australia’s net overseas migration (NOM) level, which represents the difference between incoming migrants and outgoing migrants over
a 12-month period, is expected to be 400,000 in 2022-23
Speaking to the ABC, Shadow Minister for Immigration Dan Tehan said the NOM figures confirm
“the Albanese government is running a big Australia policy by stealth”.
“They have no plan to deal now with what is a confirmed 715,000 increase in our population
over the next two years,” he said. “What does this mean for housing? What does it mean for rent?
What does it mean for congestion in our cities?”
But where are they going to live? – Mick Raven
Rental crisis Sydney What renters will do next as prices skyrocket
April 27, 2023
The rental crisis is reaching boiling point in Sydney as renters are given no choice but to take extreme lengths
to put a roof over their head. Renters who are feeling the heat as landlords push prices up
have been taking extreme steps to ensure they have somewhere to live.
For months shocking pictures have emerged showing long lines of hopefuls queuing to view rental properties across Australia.
What about buying a house too? – Mick Raven
New move gives New Zealanders direct pathway to Australian citizenship
22nd April 2023
Some 400,000 New Zealanders living in Australia will soon have their path to citizenship eased.
The decision will bring a huge array of rights that many New Zealanders in Australia do not currently enjoy.
These include access to key welfare benefits, student loans, disability support and public housing,
being able to work for the public service or in the armed forces and voting.
Another reason to come? – Mick Raven
Horrifying numbers of NZ Covid jab deaths and injuries
April 29, 2023
Excess deaths have been running at unprecedented levels for well over a year,
hospital admissions are also at record levels and the health service is overwhelmed.
For months we have been asking for data by disease category and vax status. From what data we do have,
it appears that the vaccinated are being affected disproportionately.
Against the evidence, the authorities and their experts stubbornly maintain that it must be due to Covid infection,
rather than vaccination. They are calling for more mRNA vaccination, not less.
From working visas and migration to inflation, defence and housing it’s been a week of budget night tasters
29th April 2023
Any mention of migration these days elicits an almost visceral response from many people about
Australia’s very significant housing crisis.
And a lot of the headlines about the review, as a result, focused on whether its recommendations would mean
more people coming into Australia, or fewer.
RBA review doesn’t address the cost of living crisis
In Australia, right now, we are at risk of entrenching deep inequality and further flaming the housing crisis,
but the RBA review doesn’t immediately address these problems.
The net overseas migration number for the current year – which includes both temporary and permanent arrivals
– has been confirmed at 400,000. That’s huge. And compares with the budget forecast of 235,000.
But it is considered to be something of a one-off surge post lockdowns.
Focusing on the overall number, however, misses the point of the review’s recommendations.
The review, chaired by former senior bureaucrat Martin Parkinson, doesn’t start — or finish
— with the question of how many migrants should come here.
It’s about the fact the system isn’t working. And how its structure currently erodes labour market conditions,
productivity and gives us exactly not the mix of people we ostensibly are trying to attract
in a migration program ostensibly focused on skilled migration.
New report shows full recovery of Australia’s migration level this 2023
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