Australia needs to grow

The Widowmaker
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Australian politicians are constantly moaning about “boat people” arriving uninvited in Australia.  Australia has a population of less than 23 million.  If this country wants to stay a first world country then it needs more people.  Britain has over 62 million people, America over 311 million, China well over a billion, Japan nearly 130 million,  Indonesia 237 million, Russia nearly 143 million, Nauru has 10,000.  South Korea has double Australia’s population.  Australia has less people than Thailand.

Australia cannot even start to compete.  As a country’s population grows so does the infrastructure.  The people who arrive, far from taking jobs as some people say, in the longer term actually provide more employment.  All the services grow in line with an increasing population.  The increased population increases the revenue going to the government, which in turn can then provide better health care, education – overall infrastructure – and the load is shared over more people.  Instead of 23 million people paying into the government coffers you could have say 100 million or 200 million paying into the government collecting bowl making this a vastly wealthier and stronger country.

Locking refugees and the non invited up is cruel and does a huge disservice to Australia.  Australia should be surging forward, not clinging to the past of a select few in this vast but empty land.  The skilled and future moguls are locked up or sent back.  Australia is being given gold and throwing it back.  It is absurd for this to be happening to what could one day be a powerful country instead of just a foil of Britain and America.

Britain and America have the population to provide goods for themselves, unlike Australia having to buy from larger populated countries like China, Thailand and South Korea.