Don’t worry, that’s not the official view.
Not everybody likes immigrants and some people will do whatever they can to try and stop people from wanting to moving here to Australia from overseas.
One such person decided to leave a comment on this website over the weekend, meet…
The picture is not really Joe, I have no idea what Joe looks like. But Joe has a lot to say and I like to put pictures in each post, so it will do for me.
So, what did Joe have to say?
Let’s go through it shall we? You can read Joe’s full comment here, but everything he says in it is shown below in bold.
To be absolutely truthful….
Okay, let’s stop it there for a moment. I don’t know about you, but when someone starts a conversation with a declaration of the truth that is about to follow, I always smell a rat.
Maybe that’s just me though, let’s move on…
To be absolutely truthful, Australia is already bursting at the seams with immigrants – yet we don’t have (and never have had) the infrastructure to support you, which is why immigration to Australia needs to be halted for at least a decade.
To say this country doesn’t have the infrastructure to support immigration is pure nonsense. Infrastructure is something you build, and when you build it you create jobs. I’m not sure how clever Joe is, but I’m pretty sure Rupert Murdoch is a smart cookie. He says Australia needs to embrace high immigration to add dynamism to the economy, enhance its human capital and create strong bonds with the rest of the world.
“A nation as small as ours will increasingly depend on trade. And the more people we have with ties to other parts of the world, the greater our advantage when we seek trade relationships with these nations.”
Source: The Guardian
Back to Joe…
The crime rate has escalated incredibly in all cities and country areas since the floodgates were opened say 30 years ago, and murders that 20 years ago were unheard of, are now common. No matter where you go today, you will find this. Of course, the amount of crime is worse in the cities, but occurring more and more frequently and violently in country areas.
This clearly implies that immigration is responsible for the rising crime rate and that suggestion says more about Joe than it does about crime.
As for “murders that 20 years ago were unheard of” I googled “Australia 20 year old murder” and at number three in the results was a news story from February 2012 in which a 20-year-old murder mystery have been solved and a 42-year-old man was charged with murder.
Source: The Australian
So, seems murders were heard of 20 years ago, but that’s just one story, this though is a fact.
According to the historical murder rates for 33 countries, as per the OECD, Australia currently stands at 0.8 assault deaths per 100,000 people. In all, 11 countries have a lower rate than us, three countries have the same murder rate and 17 have a higher murder rate than Australia.
The USA, at 5.2 per hundred thousand, is 6 1/2 times higher.
But here’s the crunch, 20 years ago Australia’s murder rate was 1.9 per 100,000, almost 2 1/2 times the rate it is today.
On that basis, Joe’s statements about crime are just simply wrong.
Joe has an opinion on housing too…
Rents are sky-high, accommodation is at a premium, and this will not stop. Melbourne is severely overcrowded, as is Sydney (top price for real estate in Sydney now – unaffordable to most of the population).
The two cities mentioned are obviously Australia’s biggest and they are more expensive than elsewhere in Australia. Lots of people want to live in these places and that affects the price of houses there. This is called supply and demand and is not limited to Sydney and Melbourne.
Croydon is a town in South London, around 10 miles (16 kilometres) from the city. According to statistics, the average price of a house there is £344,715. At today’s exchange rates, that’s something like $613,000.
Croydon isn’t an especially desirable place to live, Google “is Croydon UK a good area” and you will see what I mean.
I know for sure that there are plenty of suburbs around Sydney, maybe not quite as close as 16 kilometres, with property for sale in the $600,000-$700,000 price range, some of them four bed detached.
Expensive housing isn’t a problem that restricts itself to Australia.
Jobs VERY hard to find, even with University degrees. Even fully qualified lawyers are finding it tough to get jobs (especially the young just out of university). All those years of training and no jobs!Unemployment is rising and millions of Australians are on welfare benefits which are strained to the hilt.
Here are some of the most recent unemployment figures from the English-speaking countries around the world.
Unemployment figures 2014:
As you can see, Australia isn’t doing bad, comparatively. Yes, I know some people will claim that these are the ‘real unemployed figures’ because they don’t count left footers or whatever, but they are the official figures.
Whatever tricks anyone might think Australia are up to to get those numbers down, you can bet your life every other country is up to the same tricks as well. So it’s what we have to work.
Globally, jobs are hard to come by, again this isn’t an Australian thing, but by comparison, we are not doing too bad.
Many people are sleeping on the streets especially in our cities, even at age around 40, and have no home to go to. Young families are living in shoddy caravan parks to try to survive.
Homelessness is also a worldwide issue. Here in Australia it is estimated that we have 100,000 people sleeping on the streets out of our 22 million population. Canada though, with just under 35 million people, has 200,000 on the streets.
Our health system is strained and over-burdened.
Not in my experience. It’s never difficult getting an appointment with my doctor and when I had a medical emergency recently it was dealt with swiftly. When my wife broke her leg, that also went very well.
There were no signs, ever, of anything being strained or overburdened.
If you have a LOT of money and can buy a home at the cost of around half a mill. for a family, you may be okay for a while – other than that, it’s not great here anymore. I guess you need to truly ask: is it much different to where you live now? You deserve to be told the truth, not some “rose-coloured glasses” story about this country, and I do find that “BobinOz” is leaning quite heavily on the “sugar coated picture” rather than reality.
I have been privileged to live in two countries, the UK and now Australia. This gives me a great opportunity to compare the two countries and I know that whatever problems Australia might have, the UK has also, often worse.
My suspicion from Joe’s comment is that he is a born and bred Australian who can only compare Australia now with what Australia was like 20 years ago.
- Two decades ago, in 1991, 73 per cent of Australians thought we were taking in too many immigrants.
- Last year 47 per cent of Australians thought immigration levels were too high.
- This year the results show a more positive attitude towards immigration; 39 per cent think there are too many migrants coming in, while 55 per cent are happy with the levels.
Joe, you’re living in the past.