Bill Shorten hits-out at widespread visa rorting

By Leith van Onselen

Following this morning’s revelations that the Department of Immigration has turned a blind-eye to widespread rorting and corruption of Australia’s skilled and student visa programs, Labor Leader Bill Shorten has hit-out, claiming the Government has lost control of the visa system to “crooks and criminals”. From Yahoo:

Labor leader Bill Shorten is demanding answers from the government after labelling allegations of corruption within the nation’s customs agencies as a major crisis.

Immigration officials have been referred for investigation over alleged fraud in the skilled and student visa program, an ABC/Fairfax investigation has found.

“If the reports in today’s media are even half true, the Australian government has lost control of its visa system to the crooks and criminals,” Mr Shorten told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.

It’s called the “population ponzi”, Bill. That is, the deliberate policy of shoveling as many immigrant consumers as possible into the economy in a bid to juice the FIRE (finance and real estate) sector.

It began in 2004 when the former Howard Government stealthily threw-open the immigration floodgates, while cracking down on refugee arrivals by sea. And every Federal Government since, including the Labor Rudd/Gillard Governments, have supported this policy.

Besides Bill, you yourself have previously called for a further boost in Australia’s immigration rate from its already turbo-charged level. This is what you said in 2013:

Australia should increase its immigration levels, Labor leadership hopeful Bill Shorten has declared, saying the next arrival could “be the next Albert Einstein or a good taxpayer”…

Speaking about immigration more broadly, Mr Shorten said Labor needed to re-state its support. Apart from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, everyone came to Australia by boat or plane, he said.

“I do believe the immigration levels can go up,” Mr Shorten said…

Immigration has been a plus for us and we should be certainly as a party being seen to be pro-immigration and pro increasing it, making sure people go to wherever it is sustainable for infrastructure and support, but we are an immigrant country and we shouldn’t ever hide from our destiny.”

Rather than it being “our destiny”, the key criteria that needs to be met in deciding what level of immigration is suitable for Australia is: “will it improve the living standards of the pre-existing population”? If the answer to this question is no, then policy makers should not proceed with expanding the immigration level, or preferably should curtail it to a level that provides net benefits to the pre-existing population.

Unfortunately, this analysis and public debate has never been undertaken, with Labor, the Coalition and The Greens effectively shutting down discussion for fears of being labeled “racist” or “xenophobic”.

Again, the only political party that is willing to discuss this important issue is the Sustainable Australia Party, which is why they have my vote in the Senate in the upcoming Federal Election.

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  1. A bit late Bill.
    Couldn’t be trying to score votes?
    Seriously these major parties are a joke.
    And anyone who votes for them.
    This has been a rort for years, and has resulted in the selling out of our domestic skilled people, all courtesy of BOTH the ALP and LNP.
    So don’t try and tell the electorate otherwise.
    Sustainable Population Party would be a better alternative.

    • The ALP have said a lot actually.

      Bill’s not a leader’s arsehole, and to be honest, the ALP chucking this election isn’t a bad thing.

      They’re not going to win, so they can bleat about every reform that needs to be done… laying a platform for the next election.

      It’s much more enjoyable to see where the ToryNuffs have planted their flag. In everything that is wrong. The things that will bring on the well deserved devastation will be aligned forever with the Liberal party.

      ALP: “We must stop pouring sugar into our petrol tanks”

      Libs: “The ALP is out of touch with the benefits of sugar in petrol, we will offer a subsidy to employ 457 visa holders to come into the country and scoop a daily amount of sugar into everyones petrol tanks. This will boost the incomes of sugar cane growers in Australia and boost GDP”.

      Let the thing burn, let it be the final chapter in Howard and Costello’s legacy.

      • Hi RP,

        Turn it up…WTF is the following all about??

        “…..It’s much more enjoyable to see where the ToryNuffs have planted their flag. In everything that is wrong. The things that will bring on the well deserved devastation will be aligned forever with the Liberal party…”

        I’m neither a labor or liberal person, but seriously RP.. It’s a bit rich to blame one party for current issues…..both these muppets have played a pivotal role in the mess that is Australia 2016.

        As evidenced to that, just look at the number of people longing for a viable alternative.

        You vote for ALP or LNP, then you are part of the problem – you are part of entrenching Australia in more of the same shit that we have seen for the past decade (at least).

        The ALP did bad shit, now the LNP are completely paralysed and useless too. Why on earth would Australians want either of these pathetic parties run the show when they have proven time and again how phucked they are?

        What makes would-be liberal voters believe that Turnbull is going to magically metamorphose overnight and actually start doing things positive for the country? It ain’t gonna happen.

        You vote for Turnbull, you vote for someone who’s full of shit and done absolutely nothing. We actually need things done, not nothing! We need someone who’s got the balls to get good outcomes for this country, not cower to vested interests or simply due to incompetency, which is actually revealing itself to be the case via inaction.

        You vote for ALP, you bankrupt the nation and favor high costs for infrastructure projects all courtesy of unions.

        Let’s start getting serious about alternatives please.

      • I haven’t placed Libs or Labor number one since 1998.

        “I’m neither a labor or liberal person, but seriously RP.. It’s a bit rich to blame one party for current issues…..both these muppets have played a pivotal role in the mess that is Australia 2016.”

        I refer to history, it can be a friend.

        The ALP can be bad, horribly bad, but they are the only ones who have ever done anything good.

        Every, and I mean EVERY single piece of legislation that is meaningful, that is grand, has been put there by the Labor party.

        They are bad more times than good, but we can actually concieve they will be good one day.

        The Libs, they are nothing but horribly mediocre 100% of the time.

        This is my point, why are they held in any esteem? Let alone the ‘better economic mangers’. If they get tarred with the greater depression, it will be just deserts.

        “As evidenced to that, just look at the number of people longing for a viable alternative.”

        I’ve always commented on that, and that’s why the Senate works.

        “You vote for ALP or LNP, then you are part of the problem – you are part of entrenching Australia in more of the same shit that we have seen for the past decade (at least).”

        If you vote for the Libs or the ALP in their current guise, yes that is true.

        The Libs will never be anything but what they are.

        The ALP tend to be worse most of the time, then have an internal revolt and are good for a brief spark.

        Laying down a platform of good policy, like they are now, shows signs this may be happening.

        ‘We must always be the party of good policy, for this we will find ourselves in opposition more often than in government, but we must do this nonetheless.” – Ben Chifley.

        “The ALP did bad shit, now the LNP are completely paralysed and useless too. Why on earth would Australians want either of these pathetic parties run the show when they have proven time and again how phucked they are?”

        As I said, the Libs have planted a flag uncategorically that all the bad shit is something they’re going to defend, be it NG, population ponzi, preserving unsustainable super rorts, etc… they cherish that.

        It will be the stuff that brings the country down, and it will be a toxic brand that will be synonymous with the Lib brand.

        An ALP forward radical reform that is the antithesis of what we have can become their brand….

        as history shows has been the case.

        “What makes would-be liberal voters believe that Turnbull is going to magically metamorphose overnight and actually start doing things positive for the country? It ain’t gonna happen.”

        Why would any rational human think the Libs would do something for the greater good? Why would they start now?

        “You vote for Turnbull, you vote for someone who’s full of shit and done absolutely nothing. We actually need things done, not nothing! We need someone who’s got the balls to get good outcomes for this country, not cower to vested interests or simply due to incompetency, which is actually revealing itself to be the case via inaction”

        Libs are gunna lib!.

        “You vote for ALP, you bankrupt the nation and favor high costs for infrastructure projects all courtesy of unions.”

        Yeah, except when we’ve had majestic reform, like in 1946, or 1972, or 1983.

        Name one of these enduring reforms from the ALP that needs to be wound back?

        ONE.

        “Let’s start getting serious about alternatives please.”

    • It’s not too late for Bill and the ALP to do a about turn on visa rorting and Ponzi population.
      Actually such a change would be electorally forgiving and rewarding.
      Or would they prefer remaining in opposition?

  2. The Patrician

    “There are also major integrity problems caused by outsourcing immigration work to migration agents who are largely poorly policed and regulated. Immigration laws are also beset with loopholes that can be exploited by unscrupulous migration agents. For years, the law, and the system, has favoured the arrive-by-place fraudsters at the expense of the integrity of Australia’s migration program.
    Discussing immigration fraud cannot be done without mentioning the significant number of migration agents who assist, perpetuate and make massive money from fraud. Investigations identified many agents involved in this fraud, but very few actually faced court or disbarment by the migration agents board.”
    The systemic corruption of our visa/immigration system by migration agents and the Migration Institute is deserving of a senate inquiry if not a full Royal Commission

  3. I believe LNP’s goal with the immigration policy is:
    1. Destroy the unions
    2. Supress wages
    3. And finally population Ponzi

    In that order.

    • Yep, over 500 applicants for graduating accountant, we pay FCK all cos it’s on the skills shortage register, most being of Chinese or Indian heritage, how long will this go on

  4. You can have immigration without making Aussie degrees worthless. (I am anti-immigration BTW)

    Why the hell was/is the establish against selling PR visas for $50k each!

    That is the most disgraceful thing about AUS – immigration via corruption.

  5. In the face of little johnny howard polishing up his jackboots, maybe he feels he has no choice either.

    Shawty got low, low, low, low.

  6. Albert Einstein!!!!

    You know how to let the geniuses in without letting corrupt frauds in?

    Get them to do a tough maths and physics test. Immigrants like Mr Elon Musk will ace the test and immigrants like Bhavesh Shah will fail it miserably:

    http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/bad-nurse-washed-up-patient-was-fed-detergent/story-fndo4bst-1226601031354

    The sad thing is a genius like Musk felt that the easiest way for him to enter USA was via Canada (because his mum is from Canada) while unskilled Mexicans were coming across the border in their millions!

    • I know, that was gold. The poor bugger would have to leave again unless he was the Einstein of real estate

  7. I knew Australia was stuffed when an old housemate from Macau got permanent residency based on a skill set he was unable to get a job with – he originally arrived on a student visa and got residency because he completed his masters in some IT security field. He then proceeded to bring his wife out to Australia to give birth to two children through our public health system. These children now have full access to health, education and welfare. It is also worth mentioning that he and his wife have passports for the EU too. Last time I spoke with him he was running an import business successfully dodging import duties in Australia with the help of relative who worked for DHL.

    I have no idea how the visa system operates in this country but to this day I’ve never understood how they allowed this chap to get residency and have his kids here……….

    • yes, well aussies can brush all that nasty stuff aside if he has invested in real estate here, if he has done that and supported the bubble he could probably murder people and get away with it

  8. After Bill has had his say we can address another matter of immigration:

    Politicians who continue to support immigration at a level that exceeds 0% population growth should seriously investigate criminally charging themselves for treason; the crime of betraying one’s country.

    Current Immigration levels are destroying infrastructure, raising real estate prices, causing family dislocation and poverty, reducing wages, contributing to environmental destruction, and fomenting social unrest.

  9. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Yeah, stick it to those Labor stooges! Vote 1 for the Liberals in both houses of parliament as they are the only party that will continue laying down our nations prosperity by protecting house values and by bringing in the right migrants who are of the type who are good enough to be able to pay their way into our great nation. Labor, Greens, other weirdo parties, none of those have your interests at heart I can tell you that now! They will allow the wrong sorts in and that will crash our economy. Don’t risk it!!!

  10. Only a racist, xenophobic bastard would complain about flooding the place with useless illegal immigrants through the corruption of the visa system. Off with Shorten’s head.

    And before anybody starts on me, that was…you know…irony…

  11. adelaide_economist

    The ‘Australia needs a strong migration program’ meme is, a bit like the ‘Australia needs foreign capital’ meme, completely played out.

    There’s just no room for subtlety with either of them. There’s no recognition that just because a little of something is a good thing doesn’t mean a lot of it must be heaps better.

    It’s public policy being made and sold as if we’re facing the economic conditions of 1965 but with the public apathy and atomisation of the current cultural milieu where house prices seem to be the (only) guiding metric for deciding the ‘correctness’ of any given policy.

  12. St JacquesMEMBER

    FFS Shorten, with wages having the weakest growth in 70 years you have the smoking gun to shut down the work visa program This would be a huge vote winner mate. Under the visa system kids are having a hard time getting their first full time jobs, there’s no incentive for employers to train people and wage growth is dead. Whole categories of visas should be removed for the books and the small remainder allocated to very specialist high end skills like brain surgeons and nuclear physicists or very high end skills in engineering. And since you’re calling for a Royal Commission into banking, it would be an opportune time to also call for one to look into the whole work and student visa system and its private operators.

  13. when I heard this story promo this morning I thought, if the ALP want to win the election, all they have to do is say they’ll limit immigration to 70 000 p.a., in this final week, when they can’t be torn apart too much by opponents. but they won’t do it. of course they’ve probably known for years they could do this, and don’t. perhaps it alienates ethnic group votes… but more likely alienates their mates.

  14. Where is the ACTU in calling for lower levels of immigration? And those that are brought in to have skills that are demonstrably in demand without crowding out our own up-and-coming generation?
    The silence is deafening.

  15. Funny how this remained the main story on the abc news site today, yet it survived on SMH for half an hour, at 830am, buried in national news now, if you look hard enough for it.
    (the actual story, not Bill’s promises)

  16. What doesn’t get any media is the true reality and scale of the migrant guestworker racket.
    457 are just 10% of the issue.
    We have now 2.39 million unskilled useless migrant guestworkers here on pretext visas.
    Almost all working illegally, fake ID, many procured in for vice and the blackmarket.
    The ex director of Australia Border Force investigations Michael Pelluzo has tried to speak out but both parties don’t want to allow Australians know the truth.
    http://m.smh.com.au/national/corruption-and-crime-syndicates-threaten-australias-border-security-20160622-gpp72z.html

    He says the Australian temporary visa system is totally corrupted and it is run by foreign criminals.
    He says the corruption and visa racket reaches into the highest levels of government.

    We need a Royal commission in this.