PLP Immigration, Refugee and Population Planning policy The Progressive Labour Party (PLP) recognises that the world is under great stress due to the effects of human population on unsustainable methods of land use and technologies that contribute to the destruction of habitats, all of which have led to a critical loss of bio-diversity and to climate change.
This policy has three aspects:
- Targeted immigration
- Accepting and supporting refugees
- A planned move towards zero population growth
- The Progressive Labour Party (PLP) recognises that the world is under great stress due to the effects of human population on unsustainable methods of land use and technologies that contribute to the destruction of habitats, all of which have led to a critical loss of bio-diversity and to climate change. We recognise that major international scientific studies have identified these problems.
- We recognise that human civilisation is currently on a path leading to the destruction of the planet. A zero-population growth strategy can be one of the important steps towards ensuring that the planet, and the life on it, survives. The nature of capitalism requires the continual addition of more consumers, is motivated by profit and the need to continually exploit the earth and the people on it to maintain that profit, and, is incapable of halting that exploitation or preserving the planet.
- We recognise the contribution of all immigrant communities to the economic, social, cultural development of Australia and will implement a Population Policy which will take into consideration the needs and the capacity of Australia's economy and the labour market, as well as Australia's humanitarian obligations. The PLP supports immigration that assists to maintain and preserve the standard of living of the people and preserve the land on which that standard of living is based.
- We will facilitate the participation of migrants in Australian society in every possible way. It encourages the preservation of their cultural identity and provides the means of expressing their ethnic identity freely. The party also pays a special attention to the direct participation of immigrant groups in the Australian political system.
- We recognise that Australia has contributed to many unwanted and destructive wars, mainly as a result of our military alliance with the USA. This has led to huge damage, killings, social dislocation and refugee numbers on a massive scale. Political repression also creates refugees, as does natural forces such as earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones. Consequently, we support the humanitarian intake of refugees to the best of our ability and by safe means as endorsed by the United Nations.
In the light of the above the Progressive Labour Party will endeavor to implement the following principles:
- Adopt a policy of targeted immigration, in harmony with our framework of no discrimination regarding gender, race, sexual preference, religion, ethnicity and age.
- Work with Ethnic Councils to assist migrant groups to develop their own cultural and welfare projects through an adequate funding system. Recognise the need to assist migrants to obtain good quality housing. Pay particular attention to welfare organisations as the first and most effective contact for new migrants and those without a sufficient knowledge of English.
- Support the extension and improvement of migrant community programs for teaching English as a second language. Ensure these programs integrate the structure and role in Australia of, government, the industrial relations system, unions and workers’ rights, aboriginal history and culture, business, and the farming community.
- Support the extension and improvement of workplace programs and alleviate problems such as the difficulty in gaining release time, or fear of job loss through attending classes.
- Ensure equality of access in terms of employment, information and government services is adhered to.
- Ensure that all government departments and statutory authorities take into consideration the special needs of migrant communities.
- Recognise the special needs of migrant women, in regard to health, domestic violence, and sexual harassment.
- Review any scheme for guest worker migration into Australia, to ensure that jobs able to be undertaken by existing employed or unemployed workers in Australia are not undermined.
- Ensure that Australia prioritises its intake of refugees and asylum seekers in line with guidelines established by the United Nations. We acknowledge, and seek to rectify, the difficulties they face in accessing services they require including the facilitation of processing refugee status in the community rather than in detention.
- Support moves that lead to zero-population growth and protection of biodiversity. (See also our Environment Policy in relation to climate change and protection of the environment).