ScoMo: Foreign students more important than Australians

Recall that the Morrison Government has given the green light for South Australia and the Northern Territory to begin flying international students into Australia from next month.

In explaining the plan, Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the scheme was “very important” to the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic:

“This is a very important next step in terms of the recovery from the economic disaster of COVID…

“International education is a huge services export industry for Australia…

“It underpins many thousands of jobs and it is important that we figure out how we can get international students back to Australia safely and appropriately…

“It’s being done with the absolute utmost of safety requirements in place”…

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Friday that he would not lift the cap on returning Australians due to fears that it would overload the hotel quarantine system:

Journalist: Have you asked the states and territories to consider expanding their capacity for hotel quarantine? We know we’ve got 18,000 Australians trying to get home?

Prime Minister: On the many Australians, and it’s around about the number that you’ve mentioned, some of those in a much more urgent state. Right now, when you’re looking to manage the risk in quarantine, I agree, and that’s why I am not lifting the caps currently as they exist on airports at the moment in our major capital city centres. It has been the New South Wales Government, particularly in Sydney at Sydney Airport, that bears the biggest load when it comes to inbound arrivals. I want to stress that 4,000 Australians are still returning every week, every single week, and we’ve got tens of thousands of people who’ve been going through quarantine as well from overseas. And that is particularly being done by the New South Wales Government. And right now, as they’ve been seeking to get on top of that outbreak, it is in our view and of course, the other state governments that are affected, that right now it is not the wise decision to lift those caps…

But we’ll be reviewing those caps every fortnight. So we will review them again in a fortnight from now, and once the Victorian, I think, and we can be even more confident of the New South Wales situation, which is very good, then I’m hoping that we’ll be able to make further room there. But right now, on the balance of risk, on the balance of risk, we need to keep those caps where they are.

Bottom Line: the Morrison Government cares more about foreign students than it does about helping Australians stranded abroad to return home.

When foreign nationals carry more political weight than Australians, you know your entire political system has been corrupted.

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Comments

  1. Stewie GriffinMEMBER

    We are consumers in EZFKA now – what business spends significant marketing dollars trying to win over customers they already have?

    Existing “Australians” are effectively a sunk cost, any expenditure on them other than a basic loyalty program is a complete waste of EZFKA’s resources – we are already as captured as a primary school student with their CBA ‘Dollarmite account’.

    Far better to spend the zones marketing dollars on luring in new consumers.

    • Jumping jack flash

      “Existing “Australians” are effectively a sunk cost…”

      This.
      Existing Australians have as much debt as they’re going to get. They do nothing to grow the amount of debt. Foreign students on the other hand are a big opportunity for debt growth.

  2. reusachtigeMEMBER

    It’s way more important to let foreigners in than locals because foreigners bring potential bonus profits where as locals are just, well, locals – not much extra boom to be got from them.

  3. The Morrison government cares more about bank balance sheets and investors than it does in creating an equitable society that puts the welfare of Australians before others.

    • happy valleyMEMBER

      The foreign uni student wave-through is the thin edge of a ScoMo wedge – broader immigration ramp-up to follow immediately?

      • Foreign uni students are by far the largest proportion of NOM. Overseas students ARE the migrants.

      • Jumping jack flash

        Yes!

        3rd world slaves need to resume arriving as quickly as possible. How can the wage theft start back up otherwise? How can our poor strapped business owners providing non-essential goods and services ever hope to increase their own wages and obtain more debt to afford the lifestyle they expect without it?

        Wage theft is even more crucial to the economy now that interest rates can’t really be lowered any more.

  4. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    peter hoj must have very sore and calloused knees after all that ….errr lobbying, he’s moving to SA too

  5. Shades of MessinaMEMBER

    Don’t the states set the inbound cap ?.

    They are the ones that need a slap in the chops.

  6. I posted earlier but the ABC gave a Gubmint minister a towelling this morning over the foreign students – meanwhile locals were being denied the right to visit sick and dying relatives, to visit their specialist medical practitioners in other states etc etc.

  7. Jumping jack flash

    Well, in the scheme of things foreign “students” make up a good proportion of the “3rd world slave” contingent, and these are essential to steal wages from to provide the income growth to our poor business owners who are up against the wall from all this virus business, supposedly.

    Existing Australians, especially if they already own enormous piles of debt, can’t afford to work the kinds of jobs that the slaves can take on and still maintain or obtain their necessarily huge debt piles. Existing Australians are ranked a distant second, or even in third position, behind cashed-up foreign “investors”.

    So this is the obvious decision, given this reality.

  8. PaperRooDogMEMBER

    So if education is so important to the economy why is the government only letting students into our small markets of SA & NT?

    • They’re feeling a bit left out of the virus thingy?
      There’s Reusa’s in those states that are starving for some?
      They demand their debt slaves too?
      Bosses want a cheaper payroll?
      They want to experience the diversity dividend?

  9. robert2013MEMBER

    And what should WE do? Write to our MPs? Launch our own lonely protest movements? Which countries are better and how do we get there? What are the investment implications? Should we all be looking for ways to employ migrant slaves?