Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + - Leith van Onselen talks Abbott’s immigration plan on Radio 2GB By Unconventional Economist in Australian Economy, Australian Politicsat 12:15 am on February 21, 2018 | 14 comments Please find above an interview I did this morning with Michael McLaren on Sydney Radio 2GB. About Latest Posts Unconventional EconomistLeith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs. 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And he seemed to be quoting some of Leith’s data (without attribution of course). nyleta February 21, 2018 at 8:26 am Lucky for us we are still a long way from anywhere….most immigrants don’t really achieve the longest journey. http://metrocosm.com/global-immigration-map/ LSWCHPMEMBER February 21, 2018 at 8:48 am Thanks for that…fabulous map! Note the huge flood of people heading for China, seeking clean air, good food, a supportive society and political freedom! Such a desirable place to live. fitzroyMEMBER February 21, 2018 at 9:10 am +1 Kliff_Fiscal February 21, 2018 at 9:38 am Thank you +1 tetama February 21, 2018 at 8:57 am We the people want a plebiscite / referendum on immigration including the overall target level of 70,000 people per annum Stephen Morris February 21, 2018 at 9:37 am It’s always a telling sign when one side of the debate is desperate to prevent The People having their say. ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER February 21, 2018 at 9:10 am Yes good on ya Leith,….but isn’t the SAP, yet another “Centre Right” political party,…Yawn!,… We’ve got heaps of them! For those Lefties who think the ALP and Greens are beyond redemption on this subject, check out the Australian Workers Party. If ya want policies that are supportive of “The People”,…ya need a people’s Party! http://www.australianworkersparty.org/policy.html Skills and Training Australia should be training its own. Master Tradesmen and skilled personnel should be provided with realistic incentives and assistance to ensure future skill deficiencies can be met by training the youth of today, how many decades has Australia complained there are insufficient tradesmen to meet our needs? We should not be permitting 457, 471 or any other worker from overseas while our unemployment climbs and our youth are denied these opportunities. To say Australia needs to import unskilled workers at times when unemployment is rising is simply ridiculous. No employer should be permitted to claim they cannot find unskilled workers in such a climate, nor should the option exist. ” “Overseas Workers We as people who have actually worked for a living find it ridiculous that anyone in Parliament can claim surprise over illegal workers or those on expired visas, or employers paying what is now being referred to as slave wages. Anybody who has ever picked fruit or worked day labouring jobs will tell you they have had offers of lower cash wages. This little scam is primarily designed to save the employer wage costs, dodge superannuation payments, ignore insurance and abuse then discard the workers. The solution is simple, reinstate the inspectors that were sacked many years ago, immigration and workplace investigators once randomly attended businesses to detect these issues. But again successive Governments have cut back these positions until they have all but ceased to exist. We want these positions returned to our Government agencies in every City, and every regional centre across Australia.” “Regional Australia” “We need to provide substantial tax incentives to businesses willing to relocate to regional & rural areas and who employ a minimum quota of locals. Government offices and call centres – where staff don’t deal in face to face contact, should be relocated to regional areas, and all contracts for staffing and offices overseas need to be rescinded and employment for Australian departments and services returned to Australians. The rate of immigration needs to be reduced for the next 3-5 years and all 457 visas need to be immediately reassessed, with all visas not subject to reasonable market labour testing, immediately revoked. The intake of 457’s needs to be reduced by a minimum of 90%, and all but the most specialised of positions permanently removed from the visa application lists. Companies breaching worker’s rights and visa conditions must face hefty penalties.” http://www.australianworkersparty.org/ BrentonMEMBER February 21, 2018 at 9:58 am Will check em out, EP. boomengineeringMEMBER February 21, 2018 at 4:39 pm Well said Ermo fitzroyMEMBER February 21, 2018 at 9:13 am Great job UE CharlieChaplin February 21, 2018 at 9:16 am Nailing it mate! GramusMEMBER February 21, 2018 at 9:57 am A very compelling segment. Well done. Ubietz February 21, 2018 at 10:23 am Keep it up Leith. Top stuff mate.