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Imagine waking up early in the morning and having a good day. You want to go to Manly Beach to play, but the beach already needs to buy tickets to get in.
When you arrive, you have to queue up to get in. You need to brush your tickets to get into the beach and enjoy surfing, just like the train station at rush hour, which is released in segments.
And you can't play too long, because every ticket needs a time limit, and you'll be kicked out of the beach before you have a good time.
Australian Government: "Want to immigrate? As early as possible! "
It sounds totally unreasonable, but Bob Carr, former Australian foreign minister, said:
This is the future trend of Australia's big cities!
Australian Government: "Want to immigrate? As early as possible! "
He declared in 2000 that "Sydney is full" and warned that if Australia wants to protect its natural landmarks and the existing natural environment, it must limit its population's intake!
In his new memoir Run For Your Life, he made a pessimistic assumption about Sydney's future:
"By the end of the 1920s, sub-developed areas such as Parramatta and Penrith will be crowded with tall buildings."
Australian Government: "Want to immigrate? As early as possible! "
As a result, Sydney will catch up with Hong Kong's oppressive feeling one day. Pure population growth forces us to change our way of life.
For example: Considering that all the streets leading to famous beaches have been blocked for a long time, Bondi and Manly and other beaches have to be fenced up, just like the Berlin Wall.
From 5 a.m. to midnight, visitors can buy tickets online and enter through the revolving door.
This scenario has become a way of controlling the number of people in big cities, but Australia's beaches are not doing so now.
Finally, he concluded that:
"Few people worry about the consequences of overpopulation. Do you think my guess is far-fetched? This is certainly closer to reality, because more and more population explosion cities are already operating in this way.
Carr believes that even if more money is invested in infrastructure and transportation, major cities, especially Melbourne and Sydney, will not see a fundamental change.
Australia currently accepts 19,000 immigrants annually, based on annual quotas.
Carr said, "Ninety percent of immigrants go to Sydney or Melbourne every year. Even with the best plans and the largest infrastructure expenditure, these people will still change the characteristics of the city, and I think we should think more about it.
"My concern is that if we had 40 million people, the east coast of Australia would become one of those tall buildings, which is not Australia at all.
In developed countries, Australia's immigration level is the highest in developed countries, and now the Australian government has hardly considered the consequences of continuing to accept new immigrants.
Australian Government: "Want to immigrate? As early as possible! "
Earlier this year, after former Prime Minister Tony Abbott called on Australia to reduce the number of immigrants from 190,000 to 80,000 a year,
Although it was immediately rejected by the Tan Bao government, the topic was rekindled.
In a speech at the Sydney Institute, he said:
"At a time of stagnant wage growth, blocked infrastructure and soaring house prices, racial gangs are testing the determination of the police, and the rapid growth of immigrants undoubtedly brings greater pressure to society."
"This is the basic law of economics. Increasing labor supply will depress wages; moreover, increasing demand for housing will push up house prices."
In the eyes of Australian politicians, the social phenomenon of low wages and high house prices in Australia is caused by the continuous flow of new immigrants.
What do Australians think of immigration?
Polls show that more and more Australians actually share Carr's concerns.
A poll released earlier this month by the Lowy Institute showed that most of them (54%, up 14% from 2017) said that there were too many immigrants coming to the country every year.
Nevertheless, the same proportion of the majority said that "Australia is open to people all over the world, and new immigrants are essential to our country".
Carr said that more than 37% of Sydney's population was born overseas, and he stressed that this view was not based on race.