No return of international students in 2020

The New Zealand Government has ruled out allowing international students to travel into the country for the remainder of 2020:

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said… “While the pandemic is still raging overseas, our borders are our first line of defence against COVID-19. Given the current global situation, I would expect providers to plan for no international students for the rest of the year”…

The Government has said this is unworkable because student accommodation does not meet the required standards to keep arrivals from infecting one another, and the available hotel rooms are being filled by returning Kiwis…

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the “scale” of international students would be a problem, noting 117,000 students had come into the country in recent years – far more than the 30,000 or so Kiwis who have come through managed isolation or quarantine.

This is a great move by the Adern Government. Especially given New Zealand last month suffered a mini outbreak of COVID-19, imported from returning travelers:

After previously declaring the country was coronavirus-free, New Zealand has now recorded seven new cases within the last week.

All of those cases were imported from abroad…

“One of the reasons we will keep seeing more cases is because we have had a doubling of the number of people in the last month coming back to New Zealand,” [Prime Minister Jacinda Adern] told TVNZ1’s Breakfast, noting the number of arrivals in quarantine had doubled within a month.

“When New Zealanders return home, the likelihood of cases amongst those returning New Zealanders was very, very high.”

Australia’s policy makers must take note. The Morrison Government had planned to fly thousands of international students into Australia from July, funded in part by taxpayers. However, this plan was postponed following Victoria’s outbreak caused by failed hotel quarantine.

The fact of the matter is that there is no such thing as safe quarantine. The risks of further outbreaks would only multiply with thousands of international students arriving from virus-ridden origins like India and South America.

Australia’s international border must remain closed to everyone but returning citizens and permanent residents. There must be no exceptions and no return of international students in 2020.

Leith van Onselen
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  1. adelaide_economistMEMBER

    If ‘international students’ were really here for the education (and the life experience) there wouldn’t be even a hint of the demand to open the borders to them at this point. That there is points to the obvious role they play in fluffing demand for property and the associated economic ‘activity’ (read cheap labour) that goes with using education as a backdoor for rampant immigration levels

    • International students = Big Australia.
      At its core it has nothing to do with education.

      • Strange EconomicsMEMBER

        So its a business, not about education.
        Why not just let them study from overseas, and give them residency providing after 4 years of 30K ayear fees, and they have to buy 1 investment apartment at 500K in Melbourne central .
        (Oh wait thats already started , they just announced overseas study counts for residency).
        Only thing missing is paying rent here, and working as underpaid labour.

  2. They still threw $50 million at the sector to keep hopes alive though didn’t they!
    Rather than say these countries are going to be virus infected for years, so unless you can attract students from Taiwan, Singapore, etc there is no hope in hell the sector will be opening back up.

  3. Poor Josh. Weep for him. And Phil “Mr Magoo” Lowe. The 25-year delay of the Frydenberg Fertility Festival is no substitute for the instant property-consuming and congestion-busting gratifications of mass students and mass migrants.

    • truthisfashionable

      That might explain the disgust I received when I didn’t tip the menuflog delivery rider the other week. I mean, I already paid a $5 delivery fee and you want a ‘tip’ on top. Get stuffed.

      • C.M.BurnsMEMBER

        that blanket $5 delivery fee is pretty new. I used to tip the delivery folks with cash so I knew it was going to them but covid has shut-down my use of cash and personal contact. I assume this is the same for just about everyone because not long after covid shut-downs the $5 fee was introduced.

      • Find restaurants that don’t use outsourced delivery drivers. Companies like Pizza Capers employ their own drivers – lots of friendly Aussie youngsters.

        • Or just go and pick up your own takeaway and disrupt the criminal business model of student visa workers

  4. Australia’s international border must remain closed to everyone but returning citizens and permanent residents. There must be no exceptions and no return of international students in 2020.

    that’s not quite right – some international students are already exempt
    Individual exemptions
    The Commissioner of the Australian Border Force may grant you an individual exemption if you are:

    a non-citizen travelling at the invitation of the Australian Government or a state or territory government authority for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response
    providing critical or specialist medical services, including air ambulance, medical evacuations and delivering critical medical supplies
    a non-citizen with critical skills or working in a critical sector in Australia
    a non-citizen whose entry would otherwise be in the national interest, supported by the Australian Government or a state or territory government authority
    military personnel, including those who form part of the Status of Forces Agreement, Commonwealth Armed Forces, Asia Pacific Forces and Status of Armed Forces Agreement
    a student completing year 11 and 12, with support from the relevant state and territory government
    travelling for compassionate and compelling reasons.
    You must hold a visa and an exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions before you travel. You can request an exemption using the form below and must provide appropriate evidence to support your claims. All documents need to be officially translated into English.

    also critical skills people is almost anyone
    with critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services (such as in medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry)
    delivering services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery (such as financial technology, large scale manufacturing, film and television production and emerging technology), where no Australian worker is available

    • The numbers of international students doing yr 11 and 12 is small relatinve to higher ed/VET.
      Before the Vic situation they were going to fast track 35,000 into the country in 100 days all going through private quarantine.

    • Good grief, Hoj is another neoliberal cretin.

      I studied at UQ 30 years ago when there was barely 100 overseas students on the campus, and importantly, universities were properly funded by government.

      I’ve yet to meet a single of my peers from that time that isn’t now at the top of their profession, despite those relatively “Dickensian” conditions.

    • Thanks, SP, I missed that one. You’d think Hoj would be under witness protection. Instead, he’s out there shamelessly posturing about “Dickens”. When actually, he means Orwell.

      No Walkley either, I’m afraid, for tender Brisbane Times journalist Lydia Lynch (not Lunch). Who reported Hoj self-pleasuring, without the slightest trace of awareness or irony. Go, you NineFax beauties!

  5. Display NameMEMBER

    I am willing to bet international students will be snuck in without announcement. Will be rationalized as “just doing business” despite risk. Might even be an innovative suggestion from the Covid commission. All their innovation so far has been just doing more of the same. But it will be different this time…

  6. Cant wait for them to stuff this up and have to announce higher unemployment numbers yet again because the economy keeps closing down. LNP deserve it and Aus deserves who they elected.

  7. The South American ‘students’ in Brisbane never left.

    A lot of Spanish and Portuguese spoken loudly on the streets of city and suburban Brisbane.

  8. tripsterMEMBER

    The reality at the moment surely is that we won’t have any international students before 2021 either. Victoria is going to continue to report large numbers of cases for weeks, and once we are into August it is too late to get students here for the second semester. The earliest that they are coming is Jan or Feb 2021.

    • Without a vaccine distributed widely in Australia and available to students in their countries of origin it won’t restart in numbers that are more than symbolic in 2021 either.

  9. greedypuppyMEMBER

    I’m still getting over the story on the plight of international students in Sydney who were struggling without access to Job Keeper and Job Seeker
    One guy from Brazil (a major coffee growing country) was in Australia doing a barista course ….

    Apparently they don’t have barristas in Brazil

  10. Migrant borne plague.

    Carried in by the foreign students : Chinese Hukuo underclass fleeing Wuhan and then wider China and into Australia.,
    The diseased North & south East Asians.
    The diseased Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, middle Eastern and Brazilians.
    🔻Third world misfit slum clearance & rural poor.
    🔻Trafficked in by foreign criminal agent procurers to live and work here illegally.

    This foreign student and partner intake were already a bio security risk to Australians.

    There is systematic fraud in all the third world foreign student & ‘partner’ intake – with the ‘foreign agent doctors’ in bribes being paid for falsified health checks.

    The foreign student and partners enter Australia on these falsified heath checks already riddled with TB, Hepatitis, dengue, ndm-1, third world intestinal parasites & flukes, third world skin and venereal diseases.

    As we see when they present to our public hospitals emergency. The Nepalese with advanced TB, Indians and Chinese with Hep, most North & South Asian females (who are trafficked in for vice) and every Indian & Bangladeshi or middle Eastern with venereal disease, Africans & South Americans with HIv, most with malaria, dengue and other socially communicable disease.

    The Foreign students & partners also enter with falsified funds (as we now see, they have no money, they lied to enter Australia)

    And then they live and work here illegally on falsified identities in low level or cash in hand jobs in cleanings deliveroo, retail, shelf stacking, food processing and preparation, takeaway.
    A major disease transmission vector and again as well see, the foreign students and partners illegal work and their lies & false identities making contact tracing difficult.

    Why are they even here?
    They are supposedly doing nonsense courses with no international recognition. If they even attend.
    And from money earned here.
    Courses that can be done online.
    Courses they are only doing as a visa pretext anyway.

    Most are in breach of their visa & COe .

    They are the epicentre of the foreign criminal run vice and black market labour rackets.
    They are only here to repay their foreign criminal agent procurer & to send back remittances.
    They are here to live and work here illegally & to try to churn their visa in extension, to secure a PR and to be an anchor to drag in more third world unskilled amoral filth like them.

    Along the way.
    🔹Stealing over 700,000 Australian jobs. Over 75% work illegally (Sydney Uni & UTS study)

    A direct cost impact to the Australian taxpayer of over $27 billion – 4 times their ‘fees paid’ for their visa pretext.

    🔹Lowering wages for everyone else, costing tens of billions more.

    🔹Destroying housing affordability, stealing over 200,000 Australian dwellings now occupied by third world job stealing foreign student living in fetid crowded unhygienic cash in hand bunk share.

    🔹Destroying Australian Education

    🔹Destroying public infrastructure and transport

    For every $1 paid to the fake college or institute/ pseudo university in foreign student ‘fees’ there is 5 X $ cost & social impact to Australians.

    Each foreign student creating a cost impact in job theft, wages degradation, and Australian housing theft of some $40,000 each.

    And now the foreign students and partners are a clear and present bio security threat to Australians.

    They are a key transmission vector of the disease.

    👉🏾Round them up
    👉🏾Deport them back / chartered flights, whatever.

    Let them do ‘online learning’ from Guangzhou, Mumbai, Dhaka, Jakarta, or whatever other disease overrun third world slum they sprung from.

    They won’t do any online learning however.
    They are not here for the fake worthless education.
    They are only here to live & work illegally.

  11. Before this ends, a lot of the people who began the year as uni lecturers for international students are going to be forced to relocate overseas if they want to ever use their skills again. It’s a long way to the bottom.