Murdoch Uni VC: International student system critics “probably racist”

This month’s Four Corners special on Australia’s international student boom featured Western Australia’s Murdoch University, which was accused of badly lowering its standards in order to lift its international students numbers by 92% between 2017 and 2018, resulting in increased incidences of plagiarism, academic misconduct, and rising failure rates.

The claims were made by three whistle-blowing academics, who put their career at risk by coming forward and now face possible retribution from management, according to National Tertiary Education Union WA division secretary, Jonathan Hallett:

“They are still very nervous about retribution — the silence is almost worse than some kind of action,” Dr Hallett said…

The union says its written request to the vice-chancellor Eeva Leinonen and chancellor David Flanagan asking for assurances that those who spoke up would be protected has received no response. Last week more than 180 NTEU members met and passed a resolution calling for an external inquiry…

“We want to be sure we have systems in place that are supporting those students. We are calling for more public accountability because internal processes seem to be failing.”

One of the academics, Dr Gerd Schroeder-Turk, is the staff elected representative to Murdoch University’s governing body, known as the Senate (details here). Dr Schroeder-Turk claims that he and his fellow staff have raised concerns about international students repeatedly across various committees, but have been ignored:

ASSOC PROF GERD SHRODER- TURK: I’ve got very serious ethical concerns about the way the practices that we’re applying in the international students’ recruitment space. I’m concerned both about the welfare of the students and the wellbeing of the students, as well as about the academic integrity, or the problems related to academic integrity that result from this…

Between me and my colleagues, we have raised concerns about these issues in almost all relevant university committees. I can only, at this point in time, assure you that I have raised my concerns in all the forums that I was able to raise them in.

Local students reacted angrily following the Four Corners report, accusing Murdoch University of “dumbing down” courses and devaluing their degrees in the pursuit of profit. Predictably, the top brass at Murdoch University refuted these allegations, instead claiming it is “proud to be a global university”.

On Friday afternoon, a Town Hall meeting was held at Murdoch University, which discussed the issue. This meeting featured a speech by Vice Chancellor, Professor Eeva Leinonen, who once again defended the University against wrongdoing, followed by a short Q&A session with students (first two questions) and staff (last two questions). An anonymous attendee provided me with these recordings, which are presented below.

The most extraordinary claim by Professor Leinonen is that Four Corners’ statement that universities were using international students as “cash cows” was “probably racist”:

“There were claims in that story. Look, I used to be an international student once upon a time.  If somebody had called me a cash cow, I would have been absolutely livid. It is insulting and it is probably racist”…

“I do stand by my earlier comment that it is insulting, absolutely insulting, to call human beings cash cows. And this is not the first time that that particular network [The ABC] has done so”.

This is absurd. Wikipedia says “cash cow” is an accepted business term. Further, in the Four Corners’ report, it was Associate Professor Sharif As-saber who used the term:

ASSOC PROF SHARIF AS-SABER, RMIT: Of course, they are the cash cows. That is no doubt about it.

Associate Professor Sharif As-saber has worked in several countries, and was the recipient of the “Serendib Multicultural Personality of the Year” award for his contributions to the multicultural community of Australia.  Making accusations of possible racism is hardly fair or reasonable.

Each of the four questions from the audience took opposite positions to Professor Leinonen. And the two very good questions from students claimed that universities were exploiting international students and setting them up for failure. Professor Leinonen’s response was overly defensive and essentially amounted to:

  1. Everyone else is doing it.
  2. International students come here on their own free will. They are not victims.
  3. Taking offence on their behalf (i.e. more outrage at the term “cash cow”).
  4. She was once an international student.
  5. They were only implementing decisions of academic council and academic chairs, so everyone else is at fault.

Students and staff hoping for some contrition and reform from Murdoch University in the wake of this scandal would have been left sorely disappointed.

Comments

    • Yep, oldest tactic in the book. Call someone a racist to dismiss their concerns.

      The Chinese are buying up all the property. Probably just a racist.

    • They are also suing universities. You really can’t make this sort of stuff up.
      “Aspiring PhD student and 7-Eleven worker sues for more than $3million because he ‘lost his SEX DRIVE when he was rejected by top Australian university over alleged plagiarism’

      “There is no stimulation in my organs. I have never had this problem before. I don’t feel any blood down there.’ Mr Kuldeep Singh told The Courier Mail”

      https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/student-sues-james-cook-university-for-loss-of-sex-drive-over-failure-to-secure-phd-place/news-story/34839a8721ec62a62278d5cdf78291e0

    • Torchwood1979

      My VC was asked about what external threats she perceived in terms of changes of government policy and the first one she uttered was “Xenophobia”, citing any Visa changes (the ones we know are used by international students as a backdoor entry to Australia’s workforce) as a key threat to the international student market. I guess you’ve gotta be able to spout this garbage to justify your $1.5 million salary.

      • “I guess you’ve gotta be able to spout this garbage to justify your $1.5 million salary.”

        You have to be able to do this with a straight face, day in day out, which requires serious practice, discipline and self-sacrifice….. perhaps deserves $1.5 million salary? I mean, they would all be serious contenders for the Oscars and the folks in Hollywood are paid much more.

    • Yep, the old ‘race card’ block.
      I think Australians don’t buy that nonsense any more.

      The true ‘racists’ here are the corrupted universities, colleges & Institutes, the foreign run criminal agent procurers and the 712,000 foreign students & partners who are all willing participants in ‘highly racist anti Australian’ collusion – to exploit of our borders, visas, steal jobs, work & live illegally, and destroy our economy and society.

      The list of criminals.
      John Dawkins who started it all.
      Michael Knight who expanded it.
      Christopher Pyne / ‘self declared funds’.
      The ‘Vice’ Chancellors of the corrupted Universities, Colleges & Institutes’
      The foreign run criminal migration Agents, Loan Sharks, Procurers & migrant traffickers. The corrupted offshore ‘health check agents’.
      The Immigration Dept officials.
      And the criminally colluding foreign students & partners – none are ‘innocent or exploited’ – willing criminal participants, paying bribes & fees to enter on a visa pretext, nonsensical course to thieve & steal from the people of Australia.
      There is your ‘racism’.
      They all need to face a Royal Commission.

      The ‘Great Australian International Student industry $32 billion ‘Export’ Myth” exposed.

      Here is the actual numbers of all foreign students & AND ALSO ‘partners on secondary visas’ that enter on number of visa categories on the ‘foreign student education’ pretext.

      And the real scale of their anti Australian theft and social impact.

      The oft repeated claim:
      “The number of student visas has increased with the booming international student export industry in Australia, now worth an estimated $32 billion*.”

      *The original source being a Deloitte Access Economics study commissioned by the Australian Education & International Students lobbyists.

      ➡️It’s $32 billion of ‘economic activity’.
      That is true.
      But they are not a $32 billion ‘Export’ industry.

      The original source.
      A 2015 Deloitte Access Economics Report paid for by the Department of Australian Education. Pure paid off propaganda.

      The ‘export $$ number’ has then been prorated from those 2015 numbers by the growth in foreign student numbers to now be a ‘ $32 billion export’.

      Original source – Deloitte 2015.
      https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Documents/Economics/deloitte-au-economics-growth-opportunity-australian-international-education-011215.pdf

      Key takeaway.
      The report misleadingly describes the foreign student ‘economic activity’ as a ‘services export’.

      But it is one sided, not exposing their declared funds or actual source of income (which is primarily working illegally) or the foreign student wider social & economic cost impact to Australians.

      March 2018: 672,000 foreign students & partner across all visa categories.

      These include international student & secondary partners, post graduate & partners*, special visas, and DFAT scholarships & education visas.
      *Partners enter on a secondary visa with full work rights and no English test.
      All visa categories are heavily frauded in entry and funds.

      By visa groups.
      March 2018 International student 536,000
      March 2018 Graduate 65,000
      March 2018 DFAT / Other 12,000
      March 2018 ‘partners’ secondary visa 59,000
      Total = > 672,000

      Fact check.
      The sources to check this include VisaSure, DHA/ABF & Australian Education gov snapshots websites.
      This VisaSure link gives a simple summary & at bottom further links to the DHA detailed data.
      https://www.vsure.com.au/many-temporary-residents-working-australia/

      Last years growth rate was 5.7% (DHA quarterly report)

      ➡️ March 2019 Foreign Students & partners across all visa categories = 714,000

      During 2018-2019 there has been a 5.7% growth rate (DHA or Dept of Home Affairs quarterly reports). It could be higher as the DHA statistics lag by up to 9 months.

      Now.
      March 2019: 712,000 foreign students & partners onshore is a very conservative estimate…

      Their actual fee income paid?

      $8.2 billion Mode 2 onshore foreign students in the report, the other modes are fractional.
      And all the rest of the ‘economic value’ like family visits & so on added on again without cost impacts.

      See report in link Mode 2 Fees : $4.7 billion – $5.7 billion then, Page 74 footnote 24 hidden down the bottom)

      And now with growth of numbers est at $8.2 billion) are matched to the costs & profit taken by providers in delivering the ‘education service’.

      Cross check on those foreign student funds & offshore sources of income.

      This is the only real ‘import’ of money to spend here to claim as payment of an ‘exported education service’

      It turns out the money to pay even the primary applicant student fees is EARNED HERE.

      The foreign students come in with under $2.4 billion in declared funds, often rorted (DHA Declared Funds Report 2017) so what’s happening is that’s just enough to pay that new entire intake first semester fees.

      The rest is never checked, or borrowed from an agent procurer loan debt & fee or via a paid ‘uncle sponsor’ – the money only in the bank account long enough to get the visa, then whisked out again.

      And all the rest of the money earned here.

      Many are in agent procurer loan debt, even for just those first semester fees.

      The test being that if all foreign students funds had to be declared, all fees for the 4 year course paid upfront, plus government held bonds or monitored accounts on funds their 4 visa years living expenses of $28k a year as per most country intake rules (eg China) – then almost immediately 95% of our current intake would fail that criteria.

      Human capital value.
      Deloitte adds on a very arbitrary $8.7 billion human capital value (page 49) as they get the PR etc.

      What they fail to mention is that only 3.9% of the foreign students ever progress to a high income professional vocation (2015 A Decade On Migrant Pathways Report).

      So 96% of foreign students & partners DO NOT achieve a high income professional vocation in Australia (as a PR) or back on their home country.

      Cross check.
      The later Productivity Commission Report also found that foreign students were a very low quality unskilled & unsuitable PR intake.

      They rated them as negative human capital value compared to a more desirable highly skilled & proven human capital value intake.

      Their overall summary is that the vast bulk of foreign students are from third world countries, unskilled, not particularly young (many 30 year old adult) -and are doing very low level courses, so not a good PR intake.

      And we know that there is systemic fraud, easily cheated courses, manufactured ‘Education & courses that are readily available in their home country (often high school level in that country, but here dressed up as a certificate or diploma with no international recognition.
      And much of the ‘education’ is even free online globally.

      The overall view is that the foreign students are not here for the ‘education’ but to work illegally, to snag a PR, to be an anchor for chain migration, and many come in with significant foreign agent procurer debt, reinforcing their intention to work illegally in visa breach.

      The biggest issue however in the Deloitte report is their total failure to quantify the economic & social impact of the foreign student industry to Australians.

      Impacts for example that have now degraded Australian Education sector (fallen 10 places globally), created mass congestion, housing contention, and allowed almost 3/4 of a million foreign students to enter, live & work illegally, with large scale visa fraud and breach of their visa conditions & COE.

      Here are the details missing in the Deloitte Report by Economic & Social category:

      It uses the March 2018 672,000 foreign student & partner number, even tho this has now increased to 712,000.

      🔻1. Job theft & lowered wages for Australians.
      75% of the 672,000 (2018 number) foreign students work illegally (Syd Uni & UTS studies), so that’s 505,000 in visa breach stealing over 505,000 Australians jobs, & lowering wages for all other Australians.
      Those 505,000 Australian unemployed cost $9.6 billion in Australian tax funded unemployment benefit costs.
      That alone exceeds the entire foreign student fee income (and of which most of which is earned here illegally).
      So on just one simple measure, the entire foreign student industry is economically negative (fees paid v illegal work & Australians unemployment impact)

      🔻2. Australian Wages Impact.
      The evidence is that the foreign students and the wider Temporary Resident group lower wages for all Australians in both the race to the bottom in wages paid, illegal work and casualisation of employment – costing tens of billions in Australian direct wages loss, loss of permanent jobs & plus taxation loss or avoidance.

      The estimate is that they lower all Australian wages by 6.7% or $48 billion, and the indirect tax loss (from no wages growth for all Australians, so less tax paid at what would be a higher rate) – that’s a hard loss taxation impact of $16.3 billion.

      🔻3. Australian Housing Impact.
      The report is silent on the fact that the foreign students & partners are long stay to very long stay (4 to 9 years is common in COE & visa extension & churn).

      The report is also silent on the fact that the 672,000 foreign students & partners occupy at least 134,000 ex Australian dwellings at say 5 per dwelling.

      They don’t mention the concentration but that is 91% or 603,000 foreign students in just Sydney or Melbourne.

      96% of 91% of foreign students & partners rent in ‘private shared accommodation’
      (DHIA & SCC housing studies) as the Universities & colleges only provide a tiny fraction (under 3%) of Sydney or Melbourne accommodation & its high cost. Far less affordable than foreign owned & run high density cram bunk share subletting.

      At an average of $180 a week each being the widely advertised market rent in Sydney for bunkshare – that’s $6.3 billion cash rent paid, but only $3 billion in what is ‘legal occupancy’ rent able to be declared, so $3.3 billion taken as cash plus negative gearing claims of another $0.5 billion.

      Plus add on the contention / rent impacts on Australian renters of at least another $3 billion negative.
      $6 -8 billion negative.

      Plus 116,000 Australian homeless & 360,000 Australians seeking affordable housing or on housing assistance costing the Australian taxpayer $3.7 billion.

      So at least $10 billion negative impact.

      🔻4. Congestion / public infrastructure.
      The foreign students drive some 108,000 cars on international licences (RMS/Vic Roads).
      Their fines are not even collected by NSW SDRO as it’s so heavily frauded in identity fraud.
      No registration, checks on identity or location or address systems are in place, or links to immigration & law enforcement.

      They heavily congest our trains & public transport. As anyone can attest to. Sparking massive infrastructure projects such as Sydney Light Rail ($4 billion) that they will never pay for.

      Tens of billions lost.

      🔻5. Environmental impact.
      There is also no mention of power or water usage impact, 300,000 foreign students & partners in just Sydney alone – the Desal plant, emissions impact & all the other folly of mass concentration – costing the Australian taxpayer even billions more.

      🔻6. Visa breach/criminal activity.
      No mention that the foreign student industry is the epi-centre of crime & the foreign run vice industry, willing participants trafficked in on a student alibi, or resorting to that as their main income onshore.

      No mention of the foreign student used as ‘mules’ in mass scale foreign criminal money laundering.

      No mention of the tens billions of dirty money washed in by the foreign criminal syndicates to buy those modest Australian established dwellings via a PR proxy for the rivers of untaxed cash in migrant subletting, vice & crime.

      No mention of the Foreign students queued up at Xwing to launder back their debt repayments & remittances offshore – some $5.3 billion flowing out from their $31 billion illegally earned here.

      🔻7. Impact to Australian Education.

      No mention of the cost & social impact to Australian youth now denied an affordable quality education, as the education sector prostitutes itself as a migrant visa alibi.

      Tens of billions in immediate & long term impact to Australians.

      -/-

      And it only gets worse.

      A ‘modest’ goal of 1 million foreign students in the medium term. (next 5 years)
      Deloitte Report prepared for Austrade.
      It’s a shocker.
      https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Documents/Economics/deloitte-au-economics-growth-opportunity-australian-international-education-011215.pdf
      ——————————————————

      In summary.
      The foreign student Industry may be a $32 billion ‘yearly GDP activity’ in March 2018.

      But it is NOT an ‘Export’ at all, none of it.
      In is a massively corrupted, economically & socially negative program.

      At a very minimum $17 billion negative.
      Up to $26 billion negative.

      Each and every foreign student & their ‘partner’ – in any simple measure is at least negative $25k each in their individual economic & social impact.

      And that is just one set of our TR visa categories that are totally corrupted.

      The wider crisis.
      We had 2.431 million temporary residents in Australia in March 2018.

      Fact check / source.
      https://www.vsure.com.au/many-temporary-residents-working-australia/

      It has grown subsequently by 130,000 net new TR or 5.3% to now 2,561,000 as of March 2019.
      (The DHA website & quarterly tables at the bottom of the VSure page)

      2.3 million or 89% of the Temporary Resident visa holders are concentrated in Sydney & Melbourne (ABS)

      🔹Sydney pop 5.2 million.
      🔻1.3 million Temporary Residents.
      ◽️1 in 4 people.

      🔹Melbourne pop 5.0 million.
      🔻1.05 million Temporary Residents.
      ◽️1 in 5 people.

      We need a Royal Commission into our totally broken & corrupted Temporary Resident Visa system.

      And what better place to start that the fraudulent, corrupt, economically & socially damaging ‘international student industry’..

  1. JunkyardMEMBER

    Pifffft So much fake outrage from the VC. What does the good parasitic professor Eeva Leinonen make a year sucking the blood from these clearly exploited cash cows?

    • DominicMEMBER

      No one gives up a million dollars year voluntarily.

      She wants more cash cows and she wants them now. And she won’t have no raycists stand in her way!

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Probably more than the VC of Oxford University.
      These people are being paid “Blood money” to trash our economic Institutions and they should be called out loudly for it.
      We should all be demanding that there is a positive response to,
      “The unions, written request to the vice-chancellor Eeva Leinonen and chancellor David Flanagan asking for assurances that those who spoke up would be protected has received no response.”
      Can someone post these pricks email addresses
      Couldn’t find Eeva’s Twitter handle but Dave Flanagans was easily found,…https://twitter.com/DavidFlanagan_
      But it seems spruiking Murdoch University comes second to spruiking the Battery minerals company he Chairs.
      https://twitter.com/BatteryMinerals

  2. AtaraxianMEMBER

    In breaking news…

    Millions of Australians: Murdoch Uni VC “probably stupid”.

  3. What is possible “racism”? Is this like being a proto-fascist whilst being half pregnant? You’d think that Professor Eeva Leinonen might know, she’s a linguist so one would assume she’s good with words – not in this case.

    If you look at Associate Professor Sharif As-saber’s academic profile it is laughable to accuse him of racism. Unlike the good VC (who’s on an over-inflated pay packet) some people are trying hard to defend academic standards – not the management elite at Murdoch it would seem.

    • I don’t think it means much more than a much-needed pretext to get rid of the traitors, I mean whistle-blowers, for smooth operations of the businesses.

      After all, being a perceived racist is a legitimate ground for dismissal in Straya but not a real one.

  4. Stop the debate, stop the debate. The ‘r’ word has been raised so we can no longer look at substantive evidence or raise rational issues. In other news, questioning massive VC salaries for publicly funded bodies is also probably …

  5. – There is – in my opinion – only one solution. The corporate sector should simply reject all students from e.g. Murdoch University when they apply for a job. And thre corporate sector should widely make those decisions public. I fear then and only then the universities will drop this behaviour.

    • I think the idea of outside sectors acting is going to be the only solution. Their sponsors need to pull out. Border Force needs to wake up to the hundreds of fake students who are only interested in prostitution, not a proper education. All other universities have to show that they’re not like Murdoch, because I suspect quite a few more are. The English test should be held every three months by an independent authority not open to bribes. Those who fail should be sent packing. Let’s hope these overseas students are not getting into medicine and such as lives might be lost, let alone the life savings of gullible investors who trust some cash cow graduate with their money! The ramifications of this are evil. Sack the fence sitters and VC at Murdoch and recruit some people with as much integrity as the whistleblowers only to turn this scandal around. There is nothing racist about exposing cheating students and their staff that enable it. Probably racist is a joke – how about probably truthful?

      • The solution is simple but not easy: Stop linking education to permanent residency.

    • Willy. Yes. Intelligent use of leverage works. Remember buggaup? Defaced cigarette billboards all over the country. Waste of time, just more revenue for ad agencies replacing vandalised hoardings. What would have been intelligent is if they had consistently and thoroughly defaced any billboard ad appearing NEAR a cigarette ad or any building hosting a cigarette advert. Cigarette billboards would have become a hot potato no-one wanted. Done.
      Find where you can apply a lever, then use it…

  6. Outrageous! I have been following this expose with interest. I am so appalled that the supposed elite of our intelligent in Australia have stumbled and embraced greed over integrity. No wonder they’re crying “racist” – they have adopted the same tactics as their cheating students now. The only people with any integrity and guts in this tragedy are the whistleblowers. I know of so many “students” who use this student status as a means to enter prostitution in Australia and send their black money overseas while English speaking relatives write their assignments. Tell me how does a student who speaks ten sexual words of English end up a second year Uni student in Australia? The whistleblowers are far from racists – they’re realists!

    • Yes, I am still trying to imagine what kind of racist slur someone would throw at Eeva Leinonen? Maybe something like “Hey, Whitey! Go back to Finland!”

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Get ya white privilege the Fk out hear ya upper class bitch!

        Or something like that.

  7. robert2013MEMBER

    So it looks
    It looks like people in charge are now going to use racism as a way of dismissing people who ask awkward questions about foreign influence in Australia. They may well get away with doing so if we don’t push back a great deal harder. Keep monitoring Murdoch because those academics might need some muscular assistance soon.

  8. No-one is saying they’re cash cows. They’re say you’re treating them as cash cows. That makes you the racist.

    • Yes, this is the same argument that was used during the Gulf War. If you are against the war, you are against “the troops”. It would be offensive to call the troops “cannon fodder”, so therefore we must accept the Government’s decision and not discuss it at all.

  9. GunnamattaMEMBER

    She is just another post Thatcherite academic imported into Subaltern Australia – Many of the Vice Chanbcellors around Australia are imports themselves

    http://senate.murdoch.edu.au/Sub-committees/Members/Eeva-Leinonen/

    Senate | Ex-officio | Vice Chancellor

    Professor Eeva Leinonen

    Professor Eeva Leinonen joined Murdoch University as Vice Chancellor and President in April 2016, after three years of service as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Wollongong.

    Professor Leinonen has an academic background in linguistics and psychology and has extensive experience in higher education in the United Kingdom, Europe and internationally. Her academic research focuses on pragmatic deficits of children with autistic spectrum disorders as well as higher education topics relating to curriculum and use of technology in learning.

    Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Professor Leinonen held the position of Vice-President (Education) and Professor of Clinical Linguistics at King’s College, University of London.

    Professor Leinonen has been actively involved in national and international higher education debates and advisory groups. Which have included: Chair of the UK Higher Education Funding Council/Quality Assurance Agency advisory group into Employer Engagement in Learning, Trustee of IntoUni Charitable Trust, Member of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group in Australia; Director and Board Member of Future Directions International; Forrest Research Foundation Governors Committee Member.

    • > academic background in linguistics and psychology

      Plays the racist card at the first opportunity.

      I wouldn’t *expect* that sort of intellectual laziness from someone with that academic background, but here we are.

    • There was a BA front desk girl who was dismissed for wearing a christial cross. She got her job back on appeal I think. The worlds gone mad, but as qe all know the R thing closes down all conservations now.

  10. Murdoch, Flinders, Latrobe all suffer by being non Go8 ‘traditional’ universities. They are in some ways the weakest link as they really need to money to boost their institutional profile. This VC is a disgrace but the situation isn’t surprising given the incentives at play.

  11. I do stand by my earlier comment that it is insulting, absolutely insulting, to call human beings cash cows.

    PC Academic thinking in a nutshell: it is worse to be called a cash cow than to be treated as one.

    • Nope. For example, I like cheese. I really do. And cheese is, suspiciously, creamy white in colour. There is no doubt at all that my predilection for cheese clearly demonstrates my racism. I should be fired from my job and banned from all media platforms as a result.

  12. Unis “probably greedy”.

    Racism is a real thing, and a problem; but now it seems to get trotted out too quickly to backhand and fling mud at an opponent, to silence them or turn others against their argument ad hominem.

  13. Just goes to show that you can have doctorates in linguistics and psychology and still be venal and stupid.

  14. Lesson in life from Top Australian Educator: “define your own safe space”.
    Education used to champion fact and rigorous debate. Now its about “coddling young minds” for profit (see Jonathan Haidt).

  15. Hanno Son of Bomilcar

    why does being racist make someone wrong anyway, i dont get it

    if someone is racist does that mean they’re always wrong?

  16. Ronin8317MEMBER

    International students has been labelled as ‘cash cow’ from the time I went to university, over 20 years ago. This is the first time I’ve seen the term being regarded as racist.

    It is a diversion tactic. Mention the ‘r’ word and people will argue over the language rather than the issue. If ABC stops using the term ‘cash cow’ to describe international students from now on, she would have won.

  17. John Howards Bowling Coach

    Racism is a truly empty complaint because almost everyone exhibits some level of racism and like most pre disposals it is based on experience or the experience of others. Europeans are infected wit Political Correctness but not in equal doses, so you see most migrants there drift towards the UK as they have a very high dose of the PC disease which is ironically one of the drivers of Brexit. The French and Germans aren’t so PC and the Eastern Europeans aren’t very PC. The rest of the developing world, especially those wanting to move to the West and take advantage of the instant increase in living standards worked out long ago that being PC is our key weakness before and after they arrive here. The funniest part is that a large portion of the people in their target destinations like Australia are helping them take advantage of us by spreading the power of the PC disease, such as the nightly panels on The Drum or Q&A on the ABC, The Greens and many many others. China and India know so well how to tie us in knots of our own making using accusations of Racism. BUT in reality it you know the nature of Chinese leaders and the same in India and the Muslim nations they are all extremely racist by design, the Japanese and Germans have taken it to a new level, a supreme level of Racism is disguised in their own version of the PC disease, they know they are better but they are too polite to say it out loud. Calling anyone Racist is so empty. The only real truth in the world in actions, so when we see the developing nations call us Racist and White Supremacists as their way to try to take away any legitimacy from our words, we need to point out that almost everyone in the world would migrate to a western nation in a heartbeat. So if they think our society is not better than their’s, why are their actions showing that in fact they do see our society as better? I am not afraid of being called racist because it is just the human condition, everyone has some prejudices, but no one dies of being offended. University isn’t the real world, it’s where you stay when you are too afraid to work for a living, if you can’t do it, teach it.

  18. This should be printed out & taped to every vice chancellors front door.
    And hung from the street signs & power poles outside every so called ‘foreign education’ provider. (Along with the Chinese, South Asian, Indian, Nepalese signs & tearaway posters offering $170 a week bunk share, ‘assignment help’, $5 a hour cash in hand jobs, ‘sponsors for a fee’ and ‘guaranteed PR for $700’..

    The list of criminals.
    John Dawkins who started it all.
    Michael Knight who expanded it.
    Christopher Pyne / ‘self declared funds’.
    The ‘Vice’ Chancellors of the corrupted Universities, Colleges & Institutes’
    The foreign run criminal migration Agents, Loan Sharks, Procurers & migrant traffickers. The corrupted offshore ‘health check agents’.
    The Immigration Dept officials.
    And the criminally colluding foreign students & partners – none are ‘innocent or exploited’ – they are willing criminal participants, often paying bribes & fees to enter on a visa pretext, nonsensical course to thieve & steal from the people of Australia.

    The ‘Great Australian International Student industry $32 billion ‘Export’ Myth” exposed.

    Here is the actual numbers of all foreign students & partners. It will surprise you. And so will the scale of the criminal activity, theft & the resulting social impact.

    The oft repeated claim:
    “The number of student visas has increased with the booming international student export industry in Australia, now worth an estimated $32 billion*.”

    *The original source being a Deloitte Access Economics study commissioned by the Australian Education & International Students lobbyists.

    ➡️It’s $32 billion of ‘economic activity’.
    That is true.
    But they are not a $32 billion ‘Export’ industry.

    The original source.
    A 2015 Deloitte Access Economics Report paid for by the Department of Australian Education. Pure paid off propaganda.

    The ‘export $$ number’ has then been prorated from those 2015 numbers by the growth in foreign student numbers to now be a ‘ $32 billion export’.

    Original source – Deloitte 2015.
    https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Documents/Economics/deloitte-au-economics-growth-opportunity-australian-international-education-011215.pdf

    Key takeaway.
    The report misleadingly describes the foreign student ‘economic activity’ as a ‘services export’.

    But it is one sided, not exposing their declared funds or actual source of income (which is primarily working illegally) or the foreign student wider social & economic cost impact to Australians.

    March 2018: 672,000 foreign students & partner across all visa categories.

    These include international student & secondary partners, post graduate & partners*, special visas, and DFAT scholarships & education visas.
    *Partners enter on a secondary visa with full work rights and no English test.
    All visa categories are heavily frauded in entry and funds.

    By visa groups.
    March 2018 International student 536,000
    March 2018 Graduate 65,000
    March 2018 DFAT / Other 12,000
    March 2018 ‘partners’ secondary visa 59,000
    Total = > 672,000

    Fact check.
    The sources to check this include VisaSure, DHA/ABF & Australian Education gov snapshots websites.
    This VisaSure link gives a simple summary & at bottom further links to the DHA detailed data.
    https://www.vsure.com.au/many-temporary-residents-working-australia/

    Last years growth rate was 5.7% (DHA quarterly report)

    ➡️ March 2019 Foreign Students & partners across all visa categories = 714,000

    During 2018-2019 there has been a 5.7% growth rate (DHA or Dept of Home Affairs quarterly reports). It could be higher as the DHA statistics lag by up to 9 months.

    Now.
    March 2019: 712,000 foreign students & partners onshore is a very conservative estimate…

    Their actual fee income paid?

    $8.2 billion Mode 2 onshore foreign students in the report, the other modes are fractional.
    And all the rest of the ‘economic value’ like family visits & so on added on again without cost impacts.

    See report in link Mode 2 Fees : $4.7 billion – $5.7 billion then, Page 74 footnote 24 hidden down the bottom)

    And now with growth of numbers est at $8.2 billion) are matched to the costs & profit taken by providers in delivering the ‘education service’.

    Cross check on those foreign student funds & offshore sources of income.

    This is the only real ‘import’ of money to spend here to claim as payment of an ‘exported education service’

    It turns out the money to pay even the primary applicant student fees is EARNED HERE.

    The foreign students come in with under $2.4 billion in declared funds, often rorted (DHA Declared Funds Report 2017) so what’s happening is that’s just enough to pay that new entire intake first semester fees.

    The rest is never checked, or borrowed from an agent procurer loan debt & fee or via a paid ‘uncle sponsor’ – the money only in the bank account long enough to get the visa, then whisked out again.

    And all the rest of the money earned here.

    Many are in agent procurer loan debt, even for just those first semester fees.

    The test being that if all foreign students funds had to be declared, all fees for the 4 year course paid upfront, plus government held bonds or monitored accounts on funds their 4 visa years living expenses of $28k a year as per most country intake rules (eg China) – then almost immediately 95% of our current intake would fail that criteria.

    Human capital value.
    Deloitte adds on a very arbitrary $8.7 billion human capital value (page 49) as they get the PR etc.

    What they fail to mention is that only 3.9% of the foreign students ever progress to a high income professional vocation (2015 A Decade On Migrant Pathways Report).

    So 96% of foreign students & partners DO NOT achieve a high income professional vocation in Australia (as a PR) or back on their home country.

    Cross check.
    The later Productivity Commission Report also found that foreign students were a very low quality unskilled & unsuitable PR intake.

    They rated them as negative human capital value compared to a more desirable highly skilled & proven human capital value intake.

    Their overall summary is that the vast bulk of foreign students are from third world countries, unskilled, not particularly young (many 30 year old adult) -and are doing very low level courses, so not a good PR intake.

    And we know that there is systemic fraud, easily cheated courses, manufactured ‘Education & courses that are readily available in their home country (often high school level in that country, but here dressed up as a certificate or diploma with no international recognition.
    And much of the ‘education’ is even free online globally.

    The overall view is that the foreign students are not here for the ‘education’ but to work illegally, to snag a PR, to be an anchor for chain migration, and many come in with significant foreign agent procurer debt, reinforcing their intention to work illegally in visa breach.

    The biggest issue however in the Deloitte report is their total failure to quantify the economic & social impact of the foreign student industry to Australians.

    Impacts for example that have now degraded Australian Education sector (fallen 10 places globally), created mass congestion, housing contention, and allowed almost 3/4 of a million foreign students to enter, live & work illegally, with large scale visa fraud and breach of their visa conditions & COE.

    Here are the details missing in the Deloitte Report by Economic & Social category:

    It uses the March 2018 672,000 foreign student & partner number, even tho this has now increased to 712,000.

    🔻1. Job theft & lowered wages for Australians.
    75% of the 672,000 (2018 number) foreign students work illegally (Syd Uni & UTS studies), so that’s 505,000 in visa breach stealing over 505,000 Australians jobs, & lowering wages for all other Australians.
    Those 505,000 Australian unemployed cost $9.6 billion in Australian tax funded unemployment benefit costs.
    That alone exceeds the entire foreign student fee income (and of which most of which is earned here illegally).
    So on just one simple measure, the entire foreign student industry is economically negative (fees paid v illegal work & Australians unemployment impact)

    🔻2. Australian Wages Impact.
    The evidence is that the foreign students and the wider Temporary Resident group lower wages for all Australians in both the race to the bottom in wages paid, illegal work and casualisation of employment – costing tens of billions in Australian direct wages loss, loss of permanent jobs & plus taxation loss or avoidance.

    The estimate is that they lower all Australian wages by 6.7% or $48 billion, and the indirect tax loss (from no wages growth for all Australians, so less tax paid at what would be a higher rate) – that’s a hard loss taxation impact of $16.3 billion.

    🔻3. Australian Housing Impact.
    The report is silent on the fact that the foreign students & partners are long stay to very long stay (4 to 9 years is common in COE & visa extension & churn).

    The report is also silent on the fact that the 672,000 foreign students & partners occupy at least 134,000 ex Australian dwellings at say 5 per dwelling.

    They don’t mention the concentration but that is 91% or 603,000 foreign students in just Sydney or Melbourne.

    96% of 91% of foreign students & partners rent in ‘private shared accommodation’
    (DHIA & SCC housing studies) as the Universities & colleges only provide a tiny fraction (under 3%) of Sydney or Melbourne accommodation & its high cost. Far less affordable than foreign owned & run high density cram bunk share subletting.

    At an average of $180 a week each being the widely advertised market rent in Sydney for bunkshare – that’s $6.3 billion cash rent paid, but only $3 billion in what is ‘legal occupancy’ rent able to be declared, so $3.3 billion taken as cash plus negative gearing claims of another $0.5 billion.

    Plus add on the contention / rent impacts on Australian renters of at least another $3 billion negative.
    $6 -8 billion negative.

    Plus 116,000 Australian homeless & 360,000 Australians seeking affordable housing or on housing assistance costing the Australian taxpayer $3.7 billion.

    So at least $10 billion negative impact.

    🔻4. Congestion / public infrastructure.
    The foreign students drive some 108,000 cars on international licences (RMS/Vic Roads).
    Their fines are not even collected by NSW SDRO as it’s so heavily frauded in identity fraud.
    No registration, checks on identity or location or address systems are in place, or links to immigration & law enforcement.

    They heavily congest our trains & public transport. As anyone can attest to. Sparking massive infrastructure projects such as Sydney Light Rail ($4 billion) that they will never pay for.

    Tens of billions lost.

    🔻5. Environmental impact.
    There is also no mention of power or water usage impact, 300,000 foreign students & partners in just Sydney alone – the Desal plant, emissions impact & all the other folly of mass concentration – costing the Australian taxpayer even billions more.

    🔻6. Visa breach/criminal activity.
    No mention that the foreign student industry is the epi-centre of crime & the foreign run vice industry, willing participants trafficked in on a student alibi, or resorting to that as their main income onshore.

    No mention of the foreign student used as ‘mules’ in mass scale foreign criminal money laundering.

    No mention of the tens billions of dirty money washed in by the foreign criminal syndicates to buy those modest Australian established dwellings via a PR proxy for the rivers of untaxed cash in migrant subletting, vice & crime.

    No mention of the Foreign students queued up at Xwing to launder back their debt repayments & remittances offshore – some $5.3 billion flowing out from their $31 billion illegally earned here.

    🔻7. Impact to Australian Education.

    No mention of the cost & social impact to Australian youth now denied an affordable quality education, as the education sector prostitutes itself as a migrant visa alibi.

    Tens of billions in immediate & long term impact to Australians.

    -/-

    And it only gets worse.

    A ‘modest’ goal of 1 million foreign students in the medium term. (next 5 years)
    Deloitte Report prepared for Austrade.
    It’s a shocker.
    https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Documents/Economics/deloitte-au-economics-growth-opportunity-australian-international-education-011215.pdf
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    In summary.
    The foreign student Industry may be a $32 billion ‘yearly GDP activity’ in March 2018.

    But it is NOT an ‘Export’ at all, none of it.
    In is a massively corrupted, economically & socially negative program.

    At a very minimum $17 billion negative.
    Up to $26 billion negative.

    Each and every foreign student & their ‘partner’ – in any simple measure is at least negative $25k each in their individual economic & social impact.

    And that is just one set of our TR visa categories that are totally corrupted.

    The wider crisis.
    We had 2.431 million temporary residents in Australia in March 2018.

    Fact check / source.
    https://www.vsure.com.au/many-temporary-residents-working-australia/

    It has grown subsequently by 130,000 net new TR or 5.3% to now 2,561,000 as of March 2019.
    (The DHA website & quarterly tables at the bottom of the VSure page)

    2.3 million or 89% of the Temporary Resident visa holders are concentrated in Sydney & Melbourne (ABS)

    🔹Sydney pop 5.2 million.
    🔻1.3 million Temporary Residents.
    ◽️1 in 4 people.

    🔹Melbourne pop 5.0 million.
    🔻1.05 million Temporary Residents.
    ◽️1 in 5 people.

    We need a Royal Commission into our totally broken & corrupted Temporary Resident Visa system.

    And what better place to start that the fraudulent, corrupt, economically & socially damaging ‘international student industry’..