TRADITIONS based on heritage, sporting culture and common language are threatened by mass migration, a leading demographer has warned.
Monash University population expert Dr Bob Birrell said the huge influx of people with few or no English skills had created social problems in suburbs such as Dandenong, Sunshine and Broadmeadows.
"This is not a pretty picture," he said.
"Social divisions are becoming more obvious and geographically concentrated (and certain areas) are being overlain by an ethnic identification."
Dr Birrell made the explosive comments in an article for the Centre of Independent Studies magazine Policy.
I'm quite happy living in an area that does have quite high numbers of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East and I think they are going to make fine citizens by and large (certainly a lot better than some of the 'dinki di' Aussies that I wish weren't living near me).
But that isn't the point. Human beings have brains that I suspect are hard-wired to be communal and tribal. Too much change too soon can be destabilising and lead to the breakdown of the glue that binds communities together, and no end of Harmony Days or whatever will affect this.
So there can be a valid argument to not stop immigration, (and certainly not stop taking refugees from terrible situations in places like Africa), but rather to modulate the intake.