For as long as I can remember in politics, people have been talking about introducing an "Australian-style points system" in Britain. UKIP and Nigel Farage suggested it, some Tories have suggested it, and now I’m reading that Belgian ministers are suggesting it.
But the Australian points system isn’t the holy grail people seem to think it is.
There is a reason why Pauline Hanson and the One Nation party are doing so well in Australia right now. The party has two members of the senate, one member of the Queensland Parliament, and three in the Western Australian Legislative Council. Since 2013, the party has been on the up, obtaining 13.7 per cent in the Queensland state election last year, and 8.2 per cent in the Western Australian state election last year.
Muslims make up 2.6 per cent of the population of Australia, and that figure is growing. Australia is admitting more migrants every year than any other big Western country. The population of the country has grown by 70 per cent since the 1970s, and that has been fuelled almost entirely by immigration. Over 28 per cent of residents in Australia were born overseas – which is higher than Canada, Britian, and even America.
So when I saw that a Belgian minister has called for an Australian approach to migration, I though I should finally address this. We must start being honest with ourselves and stating, no, Australia hasn’t gotten immigration right. There are cultural problems in the country as a result of state-sponsored multiculturalism and high immigration.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics showed between 2014 and 2015, the second fastest population increase in Australia, was the number of persons born in Pakistan. This presents challenges for Australia, as including fundamentally different cultural demographics can also alter the values and norms of Australia itself.
Their country is being transformed before their eyes, and the whole point of changing immigration policies in Europe is to stop that happening.
If we are ever to change anything in Europe, we must do more than simply introduce a points-based system. We must consider the possibility of stopping, or temporarily halting, immigration while we get a grip of the situation we have found ourselves in.
Furthermore, the old UKIP "balanced migration" policy must be challenged, too. Balanced migration means for every person who leaves, one person will be allowed to enter. This presents two challenges. First of all, we cannot deport people once the person who left, returns. This still ultimately results in a population increase, if people who leave the country decide to come home. Secondly, it replaces our population. By swapping out one English man for one from just anywhere, we could be ushering in a fundamental shift in our society for no justifiable purpose.
Let’s stop this madness, and stop pretending Australia has it right. They don’t.