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We need to follow Trump and suspend immigration

21 April 2020

6:09 PM

21 April 2020

6:09 PM

In the years since the global financial crisis successive governments both Labor and Coalition have continued to run extremely high levels of immigration. 

As traffic congestion, overcrowded schools and hospital wait times all worsened as a result of infrastructure failing to keep up, a significant majority of the public has begun to question mass immigration. 

In almost every poll or survey run by researchers or universities from across the ideological spectrum, the message has been the same, Australians have no issue with immigration but we want to hit the brakes to slow it down. 


It has been a false driver of economic growth; growth based on inflated demand, not productivity improvements.

Now as unemployment threatens to rise to levels not seen since the Great Depression, high immigration has become politically unacceptable overnight. The Morrison government just hasn’t realised it yet. 

But with a recent tweet by President Donald Trump declaring the United States would be suspending all immigration to protect the jobs of Americans, the message for the Morrison government must be clear: cut immigration levels or face the inevitable backlash. 

The reality is everyday Australians and particularly members of the right have been opposed to high immigration for a long time. But with the Clarion Call to action coming from President Trump and weak employment prospects on the horizon for the foreseeable future, it’s likely this sentiment will spread to media commentators and members of the public alike. 

Pressure is going to begin to build on the Morrison Government to follow President Trump’s lead in short order and — at the very least — commit to reducing immigration significantly while unemployment remains high. 

Whether Morrison gets the message or not remains to be seen, but there is little doubt that public opinion and members of the media will eventually force the Prime Minister to act. 

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