Pauline Proposes People’s Vote on Immigration

The Australian people have never been consulted on the issue of Australia’s run away rates of immigration.

It time for that to change. The Government should get out of the way and let the people have their say!

Is the government too scared of political correctness to put it to the people? Especially since the majority are in favour of cutting immigration?

Unlike the same sex marriage plebiscite, an immigration plebiscite could be done cheaply at the next election.

Read the full story below:

Let voters decide on migration, says Pauline Hanson

Joe KellyThe Australian

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is pushing for a plebiscite to be held in tandem with the next federal election to allow the Australian people to have their say on whether migration levels should be scaled back.

Senator Hanson will today give notice of her intention to introduce a plebiscite bill when the parliament resumes in August. She hopes to win government and crossbench support for the initiative.

The move to give Australians a say on the migration rate comes just four weeks ahead of the crucial Longman by-election in Queensland that is shaping as a key gauge on the health of the One Nation vote.

Senator Hanson told The Australian the people had “never had a say in the level of migration coming into Australia” and made a number of suggestions about how the question could be formulated.

“The question to be put would be along the lines of ‘what level of immigration should we be taking into Australia?’ or possibly even asking people ‘what is the population they can see that would be sustainable for Australia’s way of life and standard of living?’”

The migration rate has become an ideological flashpoint issue within the Coalition after Tony Abbott unveiled an alternative conservative manifesto in 2017 which included a cut to the immigration intake to relieve pressure on major population centres.

The Australian revealed in April that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton had canvassed changes to the intake with Coalition colleagues.

The campaign for a plebiscite comes after a Lowy Institute poll showed that 54 per cent of Australians believed the number of ­migrants coming into the country each year was too high, an increase of 14 points on last year and 17 points on 2014.

Senator Hanson told The Australian: “You’ve got to have people who are actually voters in this country having a say on this.

“I do not support a plebiscite as was done with same-sex marriage — by postal vote.

“It should be done at the next general election.”

Mr Abbott has been advocating for the government to halve ­immigration levels to about 80,000 a year to allow for infrastructure to catch up with growing population numbers, earning him rebukes from colleagues including Trade Minister Steven Ciobo and Treasurer Scott Morrison.

West Australian senator Dean Smith has also taken up the issue, arguing that new curbs should be put on migration levels because overcrowding concerns had become a priority issue for voters.

In an interview with The ­Australian earlier this week, ­Senator Smith used data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to argue that Australia’s labour force could double in the next 50 years to 26.8 million — creating a major challenge in keeping unemployment rates down. He also said that Australia’s yearly population growth rate of 1.63 per cent was higher than in Asia (0.9 per cent), North America (0.73 per cent) and 20 times ­higher than in Europe (0.08 per cent).

The Australian understands that Senator Hanson will not view government support for her plebiscite bill as a part of a quid pro quo that would see her voting in favour of the government’s corporate tax cuts.

“We have high levels of ­migration coming in from foreign students, visa holders, and foreign workers,” Senator Hanson said.

“The impact it’s having on Australia is overcrowding in our cities, the housing shortage and (the ­taking up of) jobs.

“Also, the government has been keeping up high immigration numbers to make their budget ­papers look good.”

Senator Hanson believed the government was relying on high immigration rates to underwrite GDP growth forecasts into the ­future.

23 replies
  1. William Mapleston
    William Mapleston says:

    I’m not sure about the practicality of a Plebiscite but any push on this issue needs to settle on a number limit that includes all people that become permanent residents, e.g. Refugees. It also should have some mathematical backing – if our fertility rate is 1.8, what intake would keep the population stable? This can be estimated.

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  2. ROBERT
    ROBERT says:

    Immigration shoild be cut back and let voters decide on migration so there would be a bit of commom sense in the arguement. immigration plebiscite could be done cheaply at the next election unlike the Gay Marriage mess the goverment made, and ALL NEW IMMIGRANTS should have to spend their first 2 years in a rural and regional town to learn the Australian ways and values and to speak english instead of settleing them in the cities many live off the tax payers goverment handouts and some end up in crime. Maybe if members of the goverment show some balls (which many dont have) and leadership they still may still get relected and remaim one the top parasites of Australia

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  3. Mandy
    Mandy says:

    Absolutely agree with Senator Hanson….cut immigration inline with other countries so unemployment can be reduced. Immigrants need to be sent to rural Australia away from the major cities to combat the rate of unemployment and violence that has perpetuated the recourse of reduced immigration.
    Australians should have the right to vote at the next federal election on this massive issue…when Senator Hanson advocated the immigration issue in the past would become an issue, it was the governing powers that silenced her…..Senator Hanson speaks for the Australian public who have had enough of government being soft on national issues that affect US the Australians who have had no say!

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    • Ariette Singer
      Ariette Singer says:

      Totally agree with Pauline Hanson and the majority of the Australian public. There should be a practical and pragmatic approach to the complex and serious issue of immigration. Australians have a right to decide who comes to their country – especially, after seeing how despicably the ‘immigrants’ behave in other countries. Any SANE government would be most cautious and aim to PREVENT PROBLEMS associated with IRRATIONAL IMMIGRATION POLICIES.

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    • Helen Phung
      Helen Phung says:

      No wonder you are so opposed to immigration. I am an immigrant myself but my encounter with a low character over the weekend changed my view on immigration. How can such bad character can enter to Australia. The thug who assault woman at night unprovoked and his mother and a man and another two women associate with him just sitting in the car watching like spectators, did not say a word of intervention. How low can it go. How these people can enter into Australia I don’t know.

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  4. Irene. Graham
    Irene. Graham says:

    The government forgets that there are Australians living in australia besides them and we are just as capable to make choices….they disregard the people and what they think and say…..

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  5. bill jansen
    bill jansen says:

    I hate Turnbull and his Lapdog Paris Joss Friedenberg

    Pauline ..the major issues that totally piss me off are
    Evil Turnbulls deluded obsession over gross electricity costs
    Mass out-of-control immigration…..absolutely ruining our quality of life
    The absolute crap we are fed by greenie issues like plastic bags …we must put an end to
    this dictatorial bullshit and lies !!

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  6. Jenny Brunet
    Jenny Brunet says:

    We have to stand up for our standard of living , culture and the enviroment. What Australian wants this country to become like a 3rd world, overcrowded Asian country where we all live in boxes with no space or trees. It seems the Chinese can come here, buy up and get away with it while we struggle for housing.

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  7. Danny Kooyong
    Danny Kooyong says:

    A big problem is that Australia’s economic system of the last 50-odd years has been built to be dependant on high-migration. Any economy that requires immigration to function is not sound nor sustainable.
    Not only do we need to reduce immigration to as close to zero as possible. We also need to reform or economy to be a low-migration economy. More funding in TAFE, employment programs for youth and disabled ect. And incentives to help Australia’s industries.

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    • Ariette Singer
      Ariette Singer says:

      Totally agree with you, Danny Kooyong. Australia should be training its young people in TAFEs, and other institutions preparing them for a productive employment. Many of the migrants are UNEDUCATED, primitive minded, rapidly reproducing lot. They take it for granted that the government will provide for all of their 20 plus kids – with their 4 spouses on government support. And the IDIOTIC government is getting Australia deeper and deeper into NATIONAL DEBT (over 560 BILLION last I’ve read) and opposing the voice of SANITY. Think well Australia who you will vote for in the next election!

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  8. Shockadelic
    Shockadelic says:

    The easiest (and least triggering) way to word it would be relative to population.
    “Annual immigration should be no greater than 2% of the Australian population”.

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  9. Steve Parker
    Steve Parker says:

    I would also like to know what is planned for the 60,000 or so visa overstayers. Please don;t suggest amnesty.

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  10. michael
    michael says:

    please excuse my spelling mistakes, im a man of 65 that due to the education system at the time missed some very basic education. life has been my educater. what people fail to remember is that australia was settled deliberatly by the brits. they deliberatly set out to settle this continent. they didnt set out to create a continent of multi culturism. that term has been tabled by polaticions and they are slowly convincing the mass that its what we want. i dont want it. the imagration level is out of controle. there should be incentives given for current population to breed to increase population. that can be in many forms from child birth bonus to cost of living reductions. i dont know the answer to it but brain storming would help find the answer. so called multiculturism is creating pockets of religouse and ethnic groups that have no interest in the australian culture. yes we have a culture and traditions, they might not be as old and established as some other cultures but they are australian and apart of us and our heratige.when this huge intake of imagrents starts to backfire.(my prediction is in 20 years) who will the pollys blame? . i no who. you and i for not getting on together . trouble is that when you have people that are insistent that there way is the only way you will get an explosion eventually . i could whaffle on about this subject for hours but will stop now . pauline hansen please dont give up please be my voice .

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  11. Graham Ball
    Graham Ball says:

    Treasury is behind the push to increase our rate of immigration growth. In their assessment the more the better. You can see what that approach has done to Europe. I think that the questions as proposed are much too vague and need to be specific as to numbers. The general public probably hasn’t a clue as to what would be a reasonable rate of growth to permit our infrastructure to keep pace with our population. Any suggestion would be based on guess work and have no demographic basis. Pushing new refugees onto regional areas would quickly swamp them. There aren’t enough jobs in our country areas as it is without adding to their jobless. I would be prepared to go along with Tony Abbott’s recommendation although I’d like to know the demographic basis for his figure.

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  12. Suzan Edwards
    Suzan Edwards says:

    Completely agree, we SHOULD & MUST have a say. This is our country & our country’s future. Neither Mr Turnbull or Mr Shorten have been upfront on what’s on their own agenda – so what is it? We elected the govt. to look after the country, not to give it away or over populate it!!!

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  13. Suzie Lambert
    Suzie Lambert says:

    If half of what I am seeing in the media is the truth of what is happening in other European countries around the globe with regarding mass immigration and what it is doing to those citizens of those countries, I believe action needs to be taken immediately.

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  14. Lindsay Hackett
    Lindsay Hackett says:

    The population of Australia must be limited. There are many reasons explained in my paper at: https://www.scribd.com/document/262028236/Population-Growth-in-Australia-by-Lindsay-Hackett
    This paper and its predecessors has been sent to Senators, politicians, the media and others since about 2009. Still the governments of Australia, both Federal and State, refuse to act.
    All major problems existing and imminent are hugely impacted by population growth; pollution, depletion of non-renewable mineral resources, water shortages, electricity, transport, crowding of cities, crime, etc, etc.
    There really are “Non so blind as those who will not see”.
    Enjoy the paper.

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