When the yard is jammed, it just might be time to shut the gate

Caption: A sight to set the elites’ hearts a-flutter. But Pauline Hanson wants to know what ordinary Aussies think

Now we’ll stop all immigration, we won’t need it any more – The Old Bullock Dray, 1897

Australian activist Avi Yemini has observed that the things that obsess the insular echo-chambers of the political and chattering classes are completely estranged from the things that are important to the mass of Australian voters. The great and good of Australia live in a bubble as far removed as the Ancien R?gime at Versailles.

For good or ill, Pauline Hanson has a bothersome habit of disrupting the narratives of the Canberra bubble. Sometimes she seems to relish being a spoiler out of sheer contrariness. Other times, she nails the popular mood with brutal precision, such as when she scared the crap out of her fellow senators by wearing a burqa into the chamber.

Now, she is tapping into the national mood on immigration. Quote:

Australia?s population increased by 3.5 million people in the decade 2006 to 2016. Around 60% of that population increase came from immigration?Australia?s population increase will double from 25 million to 50 million in just 30 years. Melbourne and Sydney will become megacities of over ten million people. End of quote.

Australia?s immigration rate has soared in recent decades. Australia adds the equivalent of the city of Adelaide every five years. The demographic makeup of immigrants has altered even more.

What is even more extraordinary is that this unfathomably profound demographic landslide has taken place in the absence of any substantive public debate. Quote:

Our immigration policy is like a rider-less horse. It is dangerous. What we need is a rider, a population policy to safely guide the immigration horse. End of quote.

This is precisely the kind of talk that the great and good of Australia are resolutely determined to shut down. Worries about the impact of a tsunami of immigrants is waved away with vague palaver about ?economic benefits?. Quote:

Governments, both Liberal and Labor, argue immigration is good for the economy, but?the economics of immigration are very clear. In the short term immigration reduces per capita income and in the long term per capita income gains are very modest, but these calculations ignore the congestion costs, house prices and the loss of amenity. End of quote.

The ?economic benefits? are grossly exaggerated. Mass-immigration spruikers love to throw around numbers like ?1% of GDP by 2050!?. That sounds impressive, but it?s a pea-and-shells game. Broken down over three decades and per capita, it adds up to the princely sum of about $20 per Australian, per year. And for that low, low price, we get to enjoy overcrowded cities, choked roads, days-long waits at the doctor, and environmental collapse. But, hey, at least the elites get cool restaurants and cheap workers. Quote:

It is time to put the interests of citizens first and to stop pandering to special interest groups. End of quote.

If any Aussie in the street dares question this rawest of deals, the feather-brained elites take flight like a flock of especially moronic galahs, crapping all over the place and shrieking their distinctive call of ?Raaacism!?

In fact, it?s their own dogma of uncontrolled immigration which is engendering the very bugaboo that propels them into such incontinent flights of fury. Quote:

The Lowy Institute Survey reported a ?sharp spike in anti-immigration sentiment? in 2018, causing their annual sentiment measure to change from positive to negative.

The 2017 Scanlon Survey reported 37% of respondents see the current immigration intake as too high, but when respondent remained anonymous 74% said that Australia did not need any more people. End of quote.

Pauline Hanson wants to cut through the cloud of smug engulfing Canberra and the inner-city latte belts. Quote:

Unlike most of the political class I talk with people who are doing their best to get by and they tell me that politicians are out of step with them on the issue of migration. End of quote.

Australia is a nation of immigrants, but absurdly high mass-immigration is pushing social cohesion, as well as infrastructure and the environment, to a breaking point. Something?s gotta give. Quote:

Perhaps the major parties will be persuaded of the electorates view if a plebiscite on immigration is held at the next general election?My Bill proposes to ask voters ?Do you think the immigration rate is too high?? End of quote.

It goes without saying that this proposal will send the chattering classes into spectacular fainting fits. Like Gilded Age snobs, they just want to send the servants out of the room.

After all, if you start asking those from the lower depths for their opinions, goodness knows, they might start getting ideas above their station and thinking they can rule themselves.