The human power to self-delude is unlimited – Greg Sheridan’s article on immigration in Saturday’s Australian 24/03/18

Greg Sheridan is a highly intelligent individual, who would understand that it’s impossible to have perpetual growth in a finite system, yet there’s no mention of this in his article “Great leaders knew immigration truth: populate or perish” from Saturday’s Australian. I’ve had many people contact me in regard to this article and I don’t think there’s anything we can do.

Presumably, Greg is putting off the tough decision of running our capitalist system without endless growth in the use of resources, energy and population for a future generation – possibly his Grandchildren’s? This article shows the impossibility of us doing anything about the endless growth situation until there’s some type of major collapse or a “Hitler walking into Poland” moment – it’s very sad.

Read article here


  1. I wasn’t too far into that article by Greg Sheridan when I started to see it for what it was, just a load of waffle in support of big business. So he thinks the impact of 1% immigration of our current 25 million population upon the finite resources of this land is a lesser evil than his claimed 2% immigration of an 8 million population under Menzies, yeah right, that’s if you conveniently forget that since Menzies we have had at least 6 decades of the same. He then tries the old instill them with fear approach, and directs his rhetoric towards such rubbish as more people equals more guns and a better chance of survival against an aggressor. He seemingly thinks the taxes paid by all these extra millions of people, that he and other failed thinkers seek to artificially top up our workforce with, is going to fund all this futuristic rubbish he is banging on about.

    So, if a desperately needed big Australia is so essential for our successful and happy existence, why is it that we currently have such a great shortfall in infrastructure at the moment, things like desperately needed effective public transport, roads and rail, dams and water conservation programs, hospitals, schools, law and order etc etc etc in order to support a big Australia? Our big Australia policy is certainly not paying for these things as Greg Sheridan would suggest, instead we have a situation where all Governments, Federal, State and Local are broke and in dept to the hilt as evidenced by our out of control national debt in the region of half a trillion dollars and growing fast.

    So no, a big Australia does not pay for the necessaries created by out of control artificial population growth. Back in the nineties when Howard and Costello came to power there was much ado about the 90 odd billion dollars of debt left behind by Keating’s government, chicken feed compared to today.

    What have we had since the 90’s? Out of control artificial population growth, that’s what!! The only winners here are big business and their failed political thinking limpets who attach to them. The more toilet rolls, motor cars and houses they can sell the better it is for “US”, or at least that’s what their disciples like Sheridan and Co would have you believe.

    Bigger equals greed, waste and misery.

  2. In my mother’s suburb on the North Shore, a house was burnt to the ground. The agent and owner did not know that up to 20 Indians were living in that house. Sleeping in shifts, bunks in all the bedrooms and another couple camping in the garage – the source of the fire. All were paying approx. $50 per week for their accommodation which is about the most many of these immigrants are prepared to pay. It is pointless bringing more people to this country unless we tackle the huge problems of rent and housing affordability and the fact that there are not enough fulltime jobs. Most of these Indians were “students” and part time workers. I say “students” because many of them coming here to study are part of an immigration scam. I have seen evidence of this in my work where some of these “students” were employed, using false ID to work more than the 30 hours per week allowed.

    We really need to ensure that those who come here have the funds to support themselves and the skills we need. Otherwise we are just setting up a situation of chain migration.

  3. if ever their was proof needed that educated people should have no say in politics, this would be a major chapter, in that text book. the higher the education and supposed intelligence. the more wacko and complete lack of common since they seem to have. I wont talk of this dribble as that would give it weight. but just a thought if you don’t require new satellite city’s and sub divisions etc. you don’t require the infostructre. no new freeways or tunnels required no extra dams, no ripping up good farm land, no requirement for more power stations, or hospitals, no displaced native fauna or flora. don’t need to try to make millions of completely new jobs from scratch. and the standard of living would be better for all as the development we did to the county could be consided and of benefit to the nation. not just knee jerk reaction to ever increasing population pressure. it only seems these people have no common since but. they are quite aware their proffered theory’s would put you in the pauper house financially, you just have to under stand you don’t matter, you are not the mega rich it is just that simple. so while the masses are stupid enough to listen to this type of person they win. and so do their masters the top one percent with 70 percent of the money. which of cause they are not happy with, they dream of putting there hand deeper into your pocket as I write this. but you shorly know that don’t you.

  4. I disagree with Greg Sheridan’s article where he says Australia should continue to increase its numbers just to keep pace with the rest of the overpopulated neighbours. I live in Sydney and it is so overpopulated that the quality of life has diminished so fast. workers and students are living in bunk beds and in dingy small and old apartments just so they can commute to work easily. The whole transport system is overloaded and overworked. The place is looking worse than Bangladesh. For example the ceilings on the town hall railway station are so ugly with exposed cables and wires running all over the place. food is sold in unhygienic conditions. No room to walk on the crowded pavements. What happened to the quality of life seen in Sydney about 15-20 yrs ago? This is all due to uncontrolled population growth as the policy makers give tax payers money to all babies born in Australia without considering whether they are the first three babies or part of a whole brood of babies. It is a baby boom of the 21st century and women are encouraged to keep on producing babies like a factory to have as many babies as possible and seek centre link funding support. These babies grow up to be angry young men and women who soon find they have to compete for schools ,don’t even have adequate sanitary facilities for school children, university placements, job placements and finally have to fight to get a home to stay in.
    All leading to generation xyz all very aggressive, very worried that they don’t have enough houses, jobs etc but all with young children to be fed and looked after. If this is not overpopulation and unplanned growth leading to various negative consequences. very soon we will be like China, Bangladesh, Philippines , Thailand , Malaysia, India and where there is conflict and poverty and illegal refugees and boat people. the policy makers should consult population planners such as the Futures group to look at the impact of rapid population growth and development of infrastructure in cities and regions and how to control unplanned growth in cities. The answers are out there but ignored by economists and politicians who only look at numbers and $ and ignore quality of life and security. Thus we result in two classes – the very rich and very poor and friction at every turn. Policymakers do something – develop population based policies without encouraging more babies to be born to be the burden of society. Every baby should be wanted and be able to have all the benefits of adequate tender and loving care, security, education, nutrition, and access to all services in a developed country without having to struggle for survival in poverty. Tell parents who want more than three children per family to go ahead and have more children but they wont get hand outs and centre link funding for extra kids. They will have to pay to support them out of their own money. If people have more than three cars per family they will be taxed on the excess cars as they pollute the air we breathe etc etc. Link population planning with all construction and development projects as done in Europe and Nordic countries and the USA. I think Dick Smith is on the right track and the tax system ad centre link can fix it.

  5. Greg Sheridan does his PR job well for the rent seekers who may feel a touch threatened by any talk of reducing immigration, even just a little. He’s a shock jock journo, and good at it. But we can easily see through the scare campaign being built up with the usual terms: economic disaster if we had a few less migrants. The rent seekers would rather see more, not less, migrants. Perhaps even double the current number! Scary!

    In answer to his scare tactic that we’d somehow collapse if we had a lower more sustainable migration intake, we could taper down the intake. That way we could adjust to the perceived disaster that would come if we cut our intake too quickly. At worst, we’d return to the orderly build up of infrastructure we had before the year 2000! At best, we’d more than catch up on the backlog of wider roads, schools and hospitals! Somehow, we don’t seem to lack shops, they caught up to the surge very quickly (amazingly!). The rent seekers were very pleased!

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