Author: CHARLIE MOORE
White families have been forced out of a Sydney suburb due to mass immigration, the New South Wales Labor leader has claimed.
Luke Foley said he was particularly concerned about the city’s south-west suburbs taking in a disproportionate number of refugees.
In January, it was announced that at least half of the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees coming to Australia will be settled in Fairfield City Council, a trouble-prone area with nine per cent unemployment and high levels of drug use.
Mr Foley said that more needed to be done to help the area cope in terms of jobs and education.
He told The Daily Telegraph: ‘It’s all right to come up with a grand gesture of we’ll take 10,000 Syrian or Iraqi refugees but where’s the practical assistance?’
‘I’m saying, what about that middle ring of suburbs that have experienced, if anything, just a slow decline. In terms of employment, in terms of white flight – where many Anglo families have moved out?’
He added: ‘I’m not prepared to see the people of those suburbs denied opportunities that are taken for granted elsewhere.’
Fairfield and the surrounding area is home to more than 200,000 people, many from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Iraqi-born residents make up more than a third of the recent arrivals, which is more than 10 times the Sydney average of three per cent.