Immigration

Dick Smith's immigration ad backs One Nation's 'racist agenda': FECCA

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Dick Smith is rallying behind Pauline Hanson's party as it campaigns for the Queensland election, says Australia's top cultural diversity body.

Millionaire businessman Dick Smith's newest ad to curtail immigration is to support One Nation as Queenslanders prepare to head to the polls, according to the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA).

"Dick Smith is a One Nation supporter," FECCA chairperson Mary Patetsos told SBS News.

"He is publishing these ads and making these comments in the final week of the Queensland election in an attempt to gain support for [One Nation leader] Pauline Hanson's extreme negative racist agenda."

In 2016, Mr Smith told Sky News he wouldn't be financially backing Pauline Hanson or running for her party, but supported its immigration policy.

"I'll never stand for Pauline Hanson's party, I don't have similar views other than when it comes immigration," he said at the time. 

On Tuesday, the Australian entrepreneur posted an advertisement to his Dick Smith Fair Go! campaign website, which he said was one in a series that would soon be published in Australia's major newspapers.

"Overpopulation will destroy Australia," the advertisement says.

"Every Aussie family has a population plan. They can have up to 20 children but they don’t. Instead they have the number they can give a good life to.

"Yet our major political parties have no similar plan for our country!"

Dick Smith's latest ad.
Dick Smith's latest ad.
Dick Smith Fair Go!

Mr Smith said he had so far received $80,000 in support of his campaign.

"I committed to matching every contribution from my own pocket, so Dick Smith Fair Go now has a war-chest of $160,000!" he said on the page.

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Dick Smith launches TV ad in August 2017
Dick Smith launches TV ad in August 2017

In a video also posted to the page on Tuesday, Mr Smith said he's "not anti-immigration – that's what's made Australia fantastic".

But he said he'd "love" the number of people entering Australia under the country’s immigration programme to be cut to about 70,000 per year.

Between 2015 and 2016, 189,770 people came to Australia under the government's migration programme.  

In an interview with Seven Network’s Sunrise program on Tuesday, Mr Smith said Australia could not sustain 200,000 people migrating each year.

"For over a hundred years it's been about 70,000 a year, and it was only [former prime minister] John Howard [who served from 1996 to 2007] who put it up to 200,000 a year.

"We're going to end up with a 100 million people by the end of this century when our grandkids will be alive," he said.

"That's possible I can tell you, but I think you’ll have a lot of poor people like America where they can't even support a wage."

Australia's unemployment rate has increased since the 1960s but has undergone a series of rises and falls.

In the late 1960s, the unemployment rate was at two per cent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

It rose to six per cent in the 1970s and then to 10 per cent in the early 1980s, before declining to six per cent by 1989 In October 2017. The unemployment rate in October 2017 was at 5.5 per cent

In August, Mr Smith launched a $1 million advertising campaign to roll out across television stations that featured the voice artist behind the 1980s 'Grim Reaper' ads warning Australians about AIDS.

"The arrivals that are coming in are basically wealthy. I've got friends that are coming in from South Africa, UK, from China; they’ve come in with a lot of money.

"They buy a house instantly - that basically will mean our children and grandchildren won't have jobs."

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