Cognitive dissonance certainly runs strongly through the veins of the ANU’s Dr Liz Allen (“Dr Demography”), who has spent years vigorously promoting/defending Australia’s mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy. Hilariously, Allen is now complaining that older Australians are unable to find jobs:
“I see lots of women in their mid-40s who take redundancies that look financially attractive but they are unable to get back into the workforce,” said Liz Allen, a demographer with the Australian National University.
“To be treated as too old at 45 is extraordinary. The population is ageing, but we are effectively discriminating against ourselves.”
Dr Allen added: “There are laws against age discrimination, but it is happening anyway”…
“It’s a peculiar situation. We are going to need as many people contributing to income tax as possible, so we need to find ways to keep people in the workforce longer,” Dr Allen said.
Gee Liz, have you ever stopped to wonder why this may be the case? I mean, why would an Australian employer hire an older person when they can easily ‘grab’ a young cheap migrant?
Consider the research from your mentor and fellow ‘Big Australia’ booster, Professor Peter McDonald. It shows that young migrants took 83% of jobs created between 2011 and 2016:
From July 2011 to July 2016, employment in Australia increased by 738,800. Immigrants accounted for 613,400 of the total increase…
Migration has had a very large effect on the age structure of employment with most new immigrant workers (595,300) being under 55 years.
In a world of rapidly expanding automation, growing the workforce through mass immigration will create unemployment and wage stagnation, as Australia is currently discovering.
Australia will never achieve ‘full employment’ or solid wage growth while it continues to import migrant workers in bulk.