The Australian Conservatives, on Wednesday, August 9, released their Immigration and Citizenship policy. The five-part programme covers everything from Visa reform to the demand that refugee intakes be determined by Australia itself, as a sovereign state, and not imposed on us by supranational organisations such as the United Nations.
The Left and the PC brigade will be scandalised by the notion that immigration should be in Australia’s “economic, social and cultural interest”. We have reached a strange juncture, surely, when looking after the best interests of our country has become contentious.
Cory Bernardi’s plan to halve our current net immigration makes sense. Why, we need to ask, is the Turnbull government running the largest per capita immigration agenda in the world? The ‘Big Australia’ vision of both Labor and Coalition governments resulted in our population soaring by more than 20 percent between 2003-2015. ‘Big Australia’, in reality, means unmanageable pressure on “services, infrastructure and family incomes”.
The Australian Conservatives are also prepared call out the family reunion stream. The family reunion provision has been a generous way to make it easier for new migrants to begin the path towards integration into Australian society. It was not intended to be exploited by those born in this country. The commitment by the Australian Conservatives to “legislate that family members may only be brought to Australia if those members are declared at the time of the initial visa application” is, therefore, a masterstroke.