”I challenge Julia Gillard to point out to the public that at the current rate of arrivals it would take about 20 years to fill the MCG with boat people.”
Every year we have approximately 50,000 overstayers jumping the immigration queue, mostly from the UK and USA, who stay in Australia unlawfully after their tourist or working holiday visa expires. So it would only take 2 years to fill the MCG with overstayers, nearly all of whom are working for cash and not paying taxes.
Also, throughout the years of the Howard government’s “toughness” on boat people, their stance did nothing to stop unauthorised arrivals by air (1,000-2000 annually 1998-2008).
Of course, the visa overstayers are mostly English-speaking, or at least European. It’s hard to not see our national complacency about overstayers as arising from that fact.