Yet Mr Morrison has also made impassioned pleas for openness. It is theorised that these original peoples first navigated the shorter distances from and between the Sunda Islands to reach Sahul; then via the land bridge to spread out through the continent.
Lead researcher Nicholas Biddle said with two-thirds of Australians believing the country has enough residents, the lived experience of many people was influencing their view towards immigration. There has been an influx of foreign students, withmore in the country than there were three years ago.
However, the Commissions are unaware of any research that quantifies the effects.
About 90 per cent of those quizzed agreed that Australia should "train our own skilled people, not take them from other countries". Only 2 per cent of permanent immigrants are 65 or older, compared with 13 per cent of our population. It is also among the most urbanized, and it nurses a culture of high expectations; even many city dwellers expect a backyard.
The lowest support was among people aged between 45 and 54, at less than 25 per cent. But Turnbull and Morrison have thus far rebuffed populist incursions, emphasising new investments in infrastructure as a way of easing congestion in the major cities and ensuring services keep up with population growth.
There is so much fuss about the topic that it often seems to dominate discussions about immigration, even though the number of people involved is inconsequential relative to the hordes of migrants Australia readily admits. As of during the leadership of John Howardthe net migration rate wasper year.