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Australians do not want welfare migrants
letter published in The Australian Financial Review, 9 April 2010

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd claims his new Population Minister, Tony Burke, will “consider the social and economic infrastructure to support a growing population” (“New role rekindles immigration row”, April 6). But what has happened to the committee that already considers state infrastructure proposals and advises on their merits or demerits?

More likely, the new Ministry is a diversion from an immigration policy that is now an almost open slather.

Most Australians wish to decide the basis of entry to Australia, and are far from convinced either that the boatpeople have a greater compassionate case than the many already on the large UN refugee list or that they would have more acceptable basis. Australians don’t like queue jumpers. 

The “regular” immigration policy developed under both the present and preceding governments is also clearly out of control.

It appears that the driving force is to increase numbers almost regardless of quality. Australians don’t want welfare migrants.

Serious security questions also exist regarding some entrants, particularly from countries having a dominant Islamic religion.

Australians want to avoid the domestic security threats European countries are experiencing.

Des Moore
South Yarra Vic

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