In praise of Leith van Onselen


Every idiot is claiming the 457 visa cut as their own:

The truth, yeh, whatever. Anyone that tracks the debates knows that only one person in this God forsaken village of idiots can claim to have positively influenced the immigration debate over a long period of time and his name is Leith van Onselen. Every day, month after month, year after year he has methodically dismantled vacuous pro-immigration policy.

As was the case with successful MB campaigns on negative gearing, superannuation and macroprudential reform, the arguments were made with consistent narrative and evidence, as well as being put directly to policy-makers.


Congratulations all around to the MB community. The seal on immigration cuts has been broken. More will follow as polls dictate.

About the author
David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal. He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.