Toxic Guardian turns propaganda outfit for wage-destroying business

It’s weird to the point of ideological absurdity. The commitment of The Guardian Australia to its ideology of ‘migrant welfare before all’ is now so extreme that it’s spent the last several days digging up every wages-destroying business blood-sucker it can find to give them a platform against any tightening in visa requirements.

No other publication has done this. Only The Guardian which sees itself as champion of the Left.

On Friday it led all day with this:

Australia accepted just 162,417 permanent migrants in the past year, a decrease of more than 10% on the previous year and the lowest level in a decade.

The reduction, confirmed by the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, on Friday, was the result of a departmental crackdown after Dutton and former prime minister Tony Abbott unsuccessfully advocated for a lower migration cap, prompting accusations the government has cut migration by “backdoor means”.

The results were criticised by Migration Council Australia, which warned cabinet should set the migration level, while a reduction in numbers could slow economic growth.

In May a group of peak bodies coordinated a broad alliance including the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Australian Industry Group that called for the permanent migration intake to remain at 190,000.

The Ai Group chief executive, Innes Willox, said although the migration intake often falls short of the cap, it was “disappointing” that migration levels had dropped “so significantly below the 2017-18 intake”.

Why does The Guardian think that Innes Willox wants more immigration? As it happens, he told us recently when he attacked new regulation to prevent migrant exploitation implying he supports cheap foreign wages:

Anti-business rhetoric in Victoria has reached fever-pitch, risking jobs and investment.

By parroting overly emotive unions terms such as “wage theft”, the State Government is supporting a divisive agenda that will only serve to drive employers away.

Running businesses is risky, complex and tough. The populist race to the bottom with the unions to describe wage underpayments by a tiny minority of businesses as “wage theft”, effectively labels all employers, large and small, as potential “thieves”.

It is a divisive invitation by the unions to indulge in old-fashioned class warfare rather than supporting a serious conversation about building the economy for everyone’s benefit.

Such language may result in more internet hits but the implication that such activity is rife and that existing penalties are small or rarely imposed does not bear any scrutiny whatsoever. There is no need for this click-bait legislation.

Then The Guardian headlined the weekend with this garbage:

Regional Australia and smaller metro areas are the “victims” of the “populist sentiment” that has driven the reduction of Australia’s migration intake by more than 20,000, the head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said.

James Pearson made the comments to Guardian Australia in response to news that 162,417 people permanently migrated to Australia in 2017-18, well under the 190,000 cap and down from 183,608 the year before.

The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, said the reduced numbers are the result of his department cracking down on skilled migrants exaggerating their qualifications and scrutinising whether applicants for spousal visas were in genuine relationships.

But Pearson said the government is “effectively throttling back the rate of migration by stealth”.

“We know that processing times have slowed right down, we know that visa application costs and the cost of [employer] sponsorships have gone up and the government has reduced the number of eligible occupations,” he said.

Why does Pearson want more migrants? Cheap wages. Indeed, for those without the blinkers on, it’s hilariously obvious:

  • For years we have seen Dominos, Caltex, 7-Eleven, Woolworths and many other fast food franchises busted for rorting migrant labour.
  • The issue culminated in 2016 when the Senate Education and Employment References Committee released a scathing report entitled A National Disgrace: The Exploitation of Temporary Work Visa Holders, which documented systemic abuses of Australia’s temporary visa system for foreign workers.
  • Mid last year, ABC’s 7.30 Report ran a disturbing expose on the modern day slavery occurring across Australia.
  • Meanwhile, Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), Natalie James, told Fairfax in August last year that people on visas continue to be exploited at an alarming rate, particularly those with limited English-language skills. It was also revealed that foreign workers are involved in more than three-quarters of legal cases initiated by the FWO against unscrupulous employers.
  • Then The ABC reported that Australia’s horticulture industry is at the centre of yet another migrant slave scandal, according to an Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into the issue.
  • The same Parliamentary Inquiry was told by an undercover Malaysian journalist that foreign workers in Victoria were “brainwashed” and trapped in debt to keep them on farms.
  • A recent UNSW Sydney and UTS survey painted the most damning picture of all, reporting that wages theft is endemic among international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants.
  • A few months ago, Fair Work warned that most of Western Sydney had become a virtual special economic zone in which two-thirds of businesses were underpaying workers, with the worst offenders being high-migrant areas.
  • Dr Bob Birrell from the Australian Population Research Institute latest report, based on 2016 Census data, revealed that most recently arrived skilled migrants (i.e. arrived between 2011 and 2016) cannot find professional jobs, with only 24% of skilled migrants from Non-English-Speaking-Countries (who comprise 84% of the total skilled migrant intake) employed as professionals as of 2016, compared with 50% of skilled migrants from Main English-Speaking-Countries and 58% of the same aged Australian-born graduates. These results accord with a recent survey from the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, which found that 53% of skilled migrants in Western Australia said they are working in lower skilled jobs than before they arrived, with underemployment also rife.
  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) latest Characteristics of Recent Migrants reportrevealed that migrants have generally worse labour market outcomes than the Australian born population, with recent migrants and temporary residents having an unemployment rate of 7.4% versus 5.4% for the Australian born population, and lower labour force participation (69.8%) than the Australian born population (70.2%).
  • ABC Radio recently highlighted the absurdity of Australia’s ‘skilled’ migration program in which skilled migrants have grown increasingly frustrated at not being able to gain work in Australia despite leaving their homelands to fill so-called ‘skills shortages’. As a result, they are now demanding that taxpayers provide government-sponsored internships to help skilled migrants gain local experience, and a chance to work in their chosen field.
  • In early 2018 the senate launched the”The operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct” owing in part to systematic abuse of migrant labour.
  • Then there is new research from the University of Sydney documenting the complete corruption of the temporary visas system, and arguing that Australia running a “de-facto low-skilled immigration policy” (also discussed here at the ABC).
  • In late June the government released new laws to combat modern slavery which, bizarrely, imposed zero punishment for enslaving coolies.
  • Over the past few weeks we’ve witnessed widespread visa rorting across cafes and restaurants, including among high end establishments like the Rockpool Group.

In neither article did The Guardian seek any counter-comment to balance the coverage and it ignored LVO’s evidence that there is no immigration cut anyway, just a shuffling of visas.

Why would a self-appointed newspaper of the Left distort its journalism to support those that are clearly out to destroy wages, the very core of the stuff the Left should be defending. There could be three reasons:

  • it is owned by capital not labour;
  • business strategy to corner a niche media market of bourgeois hypocrits;
  • political bias;
  • whack ideology.

It’s not the first so it must be some combination of the other three. We know this anyway because Greg Jericho, who constantly complains about falling wages, told us so:

Immigration – because there are many desperate to hate – must be treated with extreme care by politicians and journalists, and certainly with more care than Abbott seems capable. The inherently racist parties will seek to use any discussion and any seeming evidence of the negative impact of migrants as fuel to burn their fires of hate.

I mean, seriously, guys? You’re now a Lefty propaganda outfit promoting wages-destroying business. This is farce. We can have a conversation about the need for lower immigration so that the pressure comes off working classes without succumbing to racism. The haters are going hate whatever comes.

The ultimate irony is that if The Guardian succeeds in defending the high immigration, low wages nexus it is creating the very lived experience of class warfare that will tilt workers towards the haters given the paucity of centrist alternatives. The big swing against immigration now apparent in all polls is their warning.

I mean, hello…Donald Trump and the US working classes.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. Nah. The Guardian wants to bring in millions of migrants and then give them a UBI. This is good for diversity and equality, and if you don’t support it you’re a microagressive toxic male racist.

      • Here here!
        That is pretty much what it will take for something to drastically change.
        We have not yet reached peak Leftist retardation on one side and Neo-Liberal F*cknomics on the other.

    • I spat my coffee out with that comment, because someone would actually write that and be serious about it….

  2. fitzroyMEMBER

    Hard to think of a news organisation so full of hypocracy except maybe the BBC (even the ABC isn’t that bad).

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Thats kinda Obvious from the content of your Posts,…..Reusa
      Class enemy that you are,…your still just so damn lovable !

  3. They really are the neomarxists now, they want to impose their vision of utopia on all, and they are prepared to lie and hurt to achieve it, because the end justifies the means. The identity politics of the neomarxists force their cruel collective responsibility on all people and justifies the mistreatment of individuals as part of a collective responsibility.

    Read the far left socialist mags and all you read is how bad the fascists were and what a risk it is, but this is not the risk we stand in front of right now, the real risk is the marxist ideology that is seeping like overflowing sewage through the left ideology.

    At an environmental level you can see the carnage every day as the neomarxists scare off people from engaging in sensible, evidenced based, environmental reforms as environmentalism becomes subjugated in the morass of their toxic ideology.

    Their alliance with the neoliberal (left and right) to push destructive crush-loading economic migration policies is alienating all voters and feeds disillusionment into the hands of political opportunism.

    They are the problem.

      • It essentially seems to be a Peterson-ism (not sure if he has taken it from someone else). The far left hate this (they hate Peterson) because he has appropriated it from a more arcane left academic usage. But it is a great term and it looks like it will stick, because it so elegantly captures the path modern critical theory, leftist feminism etc has taken from marxist ideology to the modern notions of collective responsibility and all the horror that flows from this.

        This is an interesting left critique of the term here:

      • By Peterson, he means Jordan Peterson.
        Look him up on YouTube.
        He makes a heap of sense.

    • fitzroyMEMBER

      Or are the intent on creating a large poor market they can sell credit cards to?

      • Clearly the neolibs are, ‘any market is a good market’. The left genuinely have an open-border ideology (or an open border philosophy that guides high migration policy). Of course the left open border ideology also ties in with a range of other whacky capital and land controls that are theoretically meant to temper the carnage but will of course never happen.

        And, as happens again and again, the right just take the bit they need, and the left foolishly think they are on the path to their utopian dream.

      • What a load of tosh. The Guardian are not neo marxist they fought tooth and nail for Yvette Cooper, Jo Kendall and the other New Labour candidates to replace Miliband, They were the anyone but Corbyn news out fit. Neo marxist? You’re joking.

      • Are Corbyn’s policies really neomarxist? Or is the Guardian’s slavish adherence to identity politics and the miasma of leftist ideology more neomarxist?

      • “”Their alliance with the neoliberal (left and right) to push destructive crush-loading economic migration policies is alienating all voters and feeds disillusionment into the hands of political opportunism.”” – so the neo marxists are in alliance with the neo liberals. Will they be having a conference at Yalta?

      • Replying to statements of facts with questions. So you really have no argument then, it fell apart when you called The Guardian whose origins lie in the British Liberal Party, a neo marxist outfit. Whens the conference at Yalta?

      • Yes. They are, they are the useful idiots in an alliance where a part of their ideology is captured and they acquiesce to it. An alliance need not be formal or friendly.

      • The implication is that Corbyn is a neomarxist. Shouldn’t this really be proven as part of a valid and thoughtful comment? But this rubbish is what the neomarxists do for a living so enjoy the semantics, the pedantic, the idioms, the complexity, the abuse, the obfuscation, the sleight of hand … yeah whatever…

      • The directors include
        In 2006, Salz joined Rothschild as an Executive Vice Chairman.

        The establishment’s Pravda
        In 1998, Schiller transferred to CNN where she eventually became head of the documentary unit which produced special and series for CNN-US and CNN International.

        They seem to pay pretty well..the CEO David Pemsel gets 706,000 Pounds

        Ole Jacob Sunde
        Chairman,Schibsted ASA “This person is connected to 28 board members in 7 different organizations across 6 different industries.”

        After a few minutes on the net. Who the shareholders are, I don’t know, but I suspect someone with serious Uk “city” backing.

        Not too many people just off the tools…

      • drsmithyMEMBER

        Neo marxist? You’re joking.

        AJ never jokes about Neomarxism. Neomarxism is Serious Business.

      • lol. Com on DrS is it really helpful for the discussion to just push it to the usual name calling… and lets be honest on balance for over-serious pedantry that is a bit of the turkey calling the goose dinner. There are plenty of moderates who are looking for a name for the new left ideology that crosses from identity politics to critical theory to collective responsibility, it’s messy ugly stuff that pushes deeply into collective responsibility and all the horrors attached. The term neoliberism was a bodge as well but it worked really well to help identify ideology that put markets before people.

        The reality is this is a very uncomfortable space for many on the left because they have become accustomed to the easy virtue of just agreeing with their intellectual betters.

      • drsmithyMEMBER

        lol. Com on DrS is it really helpful for the discussion to just push it to the usual name calling…

        You’re have a go at me for “name calling”, when you’re basically trawling through the discussions going “boogeyman!”, after managing to find some new labels to apply so you can summarily pigeonhole and dismiss whatever people have to say more easily ? 😀

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      I disagree aj,…although there is a lot postmodernist identity politics drivel flowing out out the Universities humanities departments across the globe (fking wanking french intellectuals!) and into mainstream culture,…I don’t like this conspiracy theory BS,… its thrown around way to much by partisans on both sides of the political divide.
      Its just lazy propaganda, a simplistic sound bite from both “Sides”.
      The “Neomarxist conspiracy theory” is just as BS as “The White Male Privilege conspiracy theory”
      The real problem is the way people compete for Power and how they get to hold it within societal instutions.
      Whether we are talking about the make up of the Panel on the ABCs insiders,…the unions hierarchy,…the board of a large multinational media coporation, or our countries cabinet, all kinds of alliances are made, not out of Conspiracy, but out of function,…function within the instutional process.
      Instutions not held accountable in some democratic way, WILL ALWAYS BECOME CORRUPTED irrespective of whatever ideological leaning it claims.

      Metropolitan bourgeois bohemians like the Gardians Catherine Murphy make her living from choosing a mainstream narrative and running with it,…like a soccer player faking an injury, its not a conspiracy that she wants her team to win.

      Her Establishment pals in the ALP and the Greens know like her and their DNC comrades that this “Russian influence over the US presidential election” is a massive beatup,… notice how annoyed Catherine, Barry and the other guy was on ABC insiders last sunday, when Gerald Henderson pointed out that all analysis suggests Trump would have won regardless! Of russia,…so why the beatup?

      The Trump situation illustrates exactly what im trying to say, arguments from me that he is an enormous embarrassment to all of Western Civilization,..the Lazy partisan refusal to look critically at why the establishments Left wings candidate, Hillary Clinton, really lost is not a Conspiracy but rather a path of least resistance,…ya got to pick a side and run with it mentality,…ya got to win, this is where polling, PR and spin doctors step in and set the Narrative.
      I have been following US media very closely and this Russian conspiracy thing has turned into hysteria,…interesting to see Catherine run with it verbatim last sunday.
      For those interested in the real reason why Hillary lost the working class (its not sexism or the Russians) see here,

      Conspiracy theories are a distraction from enguaging in real investigation and analysis.

      • I wouldn’t really disagree with much of that, except to say that the term itself is just a term, not an encapsulation of a conspiracy theory. It is a useful way of labelling those theorists and theories that are heavily influencing the dialectic of the left without entering into a battle in their own space – which is usually a disastrous mess. If you look at the left critique of the Hillary loss, it really is a dog’s breakfast of identity politics, power-grabs, complex hierarchical theorists etc. – there is no chance of any engagement with normal people from this place.

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        There is hope aj,…there has got to be Brother.

        The Bernie Sanders camp is making progress in the US ..and getting some attention thanks to their a new champion, that Cortez sheila.
        And the Blairites in the UK Labour Party have been throughly rattled by the Grass roots insurgency of Corbyn’s supporters.
        Im hoping for similar here,…but we shall not be getting a lot of help from from establishment media types on the Left or Right.
        Its up to us all to take our democratic responsibilities seriously and howl down theses narcissistic, Career focused, apparchicks of the establishment.
        Getting us plebs all wedded to one ideological camp or another and then all rooting for our “team leaders” is lazy and a pathway to no representation at all.

        Check out how this Cortez sheila has totally pi$$ed of the DNC establishment in her neck of the woods,…beating them even though they out spent her 10 to 1 and have full controll of party machinery.

      • Just had a quick look at those. The repudiation of identity politics and the engagement of people outside of identity politics is really positive, and it really highlighted how the ‘left’ corporatist media loves to play identity politics. You can see how they are continually trying to drag her into that game.

        That’s ultimately the point being made with the neomarxism term. These blended theories of identity politics, critical theory and collective responsibility deserve to be labelled for what they are, and until the left can actually coherently put them in their place in left policy they seem destined to wander around wondering why pure market theory is so attractive to voters when it is actually their own theory that is so unappealing.

  4. Hmmm Neomarxist; isn’t that something you use to get ink stains off your shirt pockets?

    • It is the flip side of Loon Pond. It is interesting how people with some sympathy with the views of one group or another labelled with such a term struggle to come to grips with the terminology applying to their preferred group.

    • The neomarxists are grand masters of the idiom. Their theories stand on wet sand so they fight wars everyday within their ranks where language, terminology and complexity are used as weapons in the battle for intellectual survival. The obtuse language, the complexity are designed to obscure, to hide, to dazzle, to exclude and to win, they are not designed to clarify.

      • That is a fair criticism. In our attempt to wander through this world of complexity and idiom, we end up playing by a new set of rules and it feels inevitably locked in a battle of intellectualism over substance, and even over manners. I wonder if this is why we end up with political opportunists and shallow debate because so few people rightly have the time or inclination to be bothered trying to understand what is being said.

      • fitzroyMEMBER

        No AJ. The people behind the Guardian are bankers it seems to me. Follow the money. How many companies have a Rothschild vice president on the board?

      • The critique is not that the Guardian is socialist, it is that the Guardian tends to support neomarxist ideology. There is not much substance to the banking conspiracy theories other than to suggest that corporatist progressives have managed to convince themselves they are progressive as they selectively adopt neomarxist ideology whilst keeping all the other bits of market ideology that work well for them.

        Is the lady who sets off on her day to build tax structures for multinationals still a progressive if she is a third wave feminist?

      • interested party

        As per @fitzroy…

        Soros fingerprints all over it, and if you dig on the other funders he has connections with many of them also.

        and they (guardian) claim, regarding funding…”In all cases, editorial independence remains unaffected.”……lol…like…trust us, we are a media outlet, here to help shape your thinking.
        File under ‘Orwellian.’

      • fitzroyMEMBER

        Yep, Soros’ open societies. I’d hate to think who the Vice Chairman of Rothchild represents.

        I don’t think you will find much on the abolition of fractional reserve banking written in the Guardian.


      • In any event, it’s pretty clear The Guardian is not really a useful news outlet other than perhaps in the context of balance, they would be better described as a progressive corporatist quasi think tank that provides a stream of current content.

      • fitzroyMEMBER

        The Guardian is useful if one has maxed out the present population with loans and need more people to lend to.

      • interested party

        and following up from fitzroy, I would add this…

        and then add this to the mix to bring it up to date…

        You see aj, there is little chance of finding a clean reliable source of “news” anymore. The CIA had no idea just how effective their little experiment would be, but then again… it was seeded with hitlers propaganda arm post ww2.

        Now, the question should be “why is soros funding the guardian”?

      • I don’t buy into the Soros conspiracy, his history explains completely why open borders ideology is something he leans towards. Moderate Australia is not anti-immigration or anti-refugees but we have reached the point of absurdity on big Australia. We are actually starting to crush the institutions and structures that are important to our freedom and way of life, and we are also ignoring all environmental issues in the same breath. The Guardian has become a sales office for that ideology, regardless of the damage or harm it causes.

      • interested party

        No problems from me….. differing opinions are what makes for an interesting world. I respect that.

        “The Guardian has become a sales office for that ideology, regardless of the damage or harm it causes.”
        We both agree on this….our only separation is who is driving the story is all. Interesting thread, thanks for the input.

    • Journalism is held up to be a much more noble activity than it really is. They don’t actually do anything these people, they don’t cure the sick, they don’t work with the down-trodden, they don’t clean the planet, they don’t create solutions for problems, they don’t make anything useful. What many do is merely lament that the world does not meet the structure they believe it should that would make their lives better, or just conform to an ideology that grants entry to paid activity.

      Good journalism is a fine profession, commitment to the truth, erudition, clarity of expression, understanding of history, ideology and philosophy etc but this very rare across any of the media spectrum.

      • “Journalism is held up to be a much more noble activity than it really is.” And “Good journalism is a fine profession,………….” Somewhat of a contradiction, those two, aren’t they aj?

        To me it looks like your idea of good journalism, is journalism that agrees with your viewpoint!

      • The media is corrupt to the core.

        NYTimes journalist lied about how quickly his Tesla car battery went flat:

        Cruise control was never set to 54 mph as claimed in the article, nor did he limp along at 45 mph. Broder in fact drove at speeds from 65 mph to 81 mph for a majority of the trip

        On The Listening Post this week: An undercover sting exposes the Indian media giants willing to peddle propaganda dressed up as news

      • Dennis that is actually neomarxist ideology you have resorted to there – that there can be no objective measure of truth or quality only the subjective of power and hierarchies. And of course it is not true, good journalism actually puts information forward that is factual and correct and may even help an understanding of something in the context of history and philosophy or in the face of a dominant or preconceived opinion.

  5. HadronCollisionMEMBER

    It’s funny people think the Guardian is of the left
    Clearly a subversive rightist rag

    Andrew would love it, except it has a bit about metoo (not to be confused with the gimme gimmes) and some anti masculinity

  6. Yeah…the stupid bastards don’t understand that their loony bloviation in support of obscene levels of immigration is just the sort of nonsense that is pushing people like me in exactly the opposite direction.


  7. This explains it:

    I have long suspected Bill Gates of caring more about the poor in Africa than the poor in USA. Then on 15 March 2018, I read an eye opening post by Melinda Gates. She literally cares more about the poor kids in Africa than the poor kids in USA!

    When my first child, Jenn, was born, over 800,000 children were dying each year of rotavirus—a preventable, curable disease.
    It broke my heart to imagine watching your child get sick and knowing that medicine could save her—if only you had access to it.
    That was a clarifying moment for me. No child should die a preventable death. Bill and I have dedicated our lives to reducing the number who do.

    As long as the child is in Africa. Who cares about homeless kids in USA! Who cares about the death of the careers of American kids caused by the H1B visa rort!

  8. From today’s email spammage folder:

    👤, can we prepone our meeting next week?

    Because everyone will watching world cups tomorrow. We must thank to SBS bringing our match broadcasts.

    This would not have happened if not the Indiian background employees in SBS had used their personal connections to obtain broadcasting rights. If the SBS is full of Greeks or Turks or abrigionals, will we still have the world cup? I have a doubt.

    I am English ancestory and football is my life, and the Indiian-origin workers in SBS had given me life, It’s needful that the whole Australia say thanks to Indiian community, they are great.

    This is also telling us a story, Australian businesses should hire more Indiian background workers, they can use their connections to achieve first-class results like what the SBS did.

    👤, before we watch the Final coming tomorrow 1 am, we should do one thing: write to SBS to suggest they hiring even more workers belong to the Indiian descent! It is sad to find the SBS board directors have one Indiian only named Peeyush Gupta, who had contributing a lot bringing us the world cup. We should write to SBS to demand replacing the Turkish SBS chairman Brulent Hass with Peeyush. Please don’t forget Turkish football fans once booing the moment of silence for the paris attacks. Why should we keep a terrorist as our SBS board chairman, please do fire him.

    Also please hire more workers belong to Indiia heritage, as I repeat again they use their connections to help SBS bringing us the world cup, they will also help your business to achieve first-class!


    Thomas Parry

    Sooooo…. Hold on a second – now the Indians being intolerant and rayciss? Towards the greeks and the turks? How the fsck does that work?!!

    Also, love the last paragraph! Pure (indian) gold! Should we make the inference that Optus’ major fail was caused by incompetent Indian IT workers? Is that an admission of guilt?

    Kinda waiting for the day when I’ll be reminded to be grateful for the Kama Sutra! Much like the old Greek/Italian joke:
    Greek: “We invented sex…”
    Italians: “yes, that is true – but we thought about having it with women”

    • blacktwin997MEMBER

      Well my goodness Ino, seems my entirely relevant and spamtastic reply (to which you in turn replied) has been removed as spam. Talk about quality spam shining through!

      Anyway it seems our eminently tolerant subcontinental friends may be using this baby: