Fake Greens demand crushed wages, ruined environment

For 15 years, Australia’s left stood by silently or cheered while Australia’s immigration program was more than doubled:

This mass immigration experiment was an unmitigated disaster for Australia’s working class – crushing their wages, pushing up their cost of living, and degrading their quality of life.

However, it was a boon for the wealthy owners of Australia’s capital. Moguls like Gerry Harvey and Highrise Harry Triguboff – strong supporters of mass immigration – laughed all the way to the bank as they enjoyed an ever-growing customer base and paid lower wages.

With this background in mind, it has been interesting watching the testimony of Greens senator and immigration spokesperson, Nick McKim.

In May, senator McKim called for travel restrictions to be lifted for temporary migrants so that they could return to Australia:

Greens Senator Nick McKim has written to Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge urging him to allow temporary visa holders to be permitted to return to Australia “under the same conditions required of a permanent resident or citizen”.

“Many of these people hold subclass 457,482, or 489 skilled visas, and have worked hard and payed taxes in Australia for many years,” Senator McKim wrote.

He said others were on bridging visas and were unable to renew them overseas, raising the prospect that they would never be allowed to ever return.

Yesterday, McKim repeated the call:

“Throughout 2020, the process for allowing critically skilled workers to enter the country has been ad hoc and arbitrary.”

“It’s time for clear answers for skilled visa holders about how long they are likely to have to wait before being allowed to travel here. People’s entire lives are on hold and they deserve far more information than they have been given so far,” Senator McKim told SBS Punjabi.

McKim has also called for temporary visa holders to be paid income support:

“The federal government has the resources to help and direct responsibility for Australia’s visa system.”

“People who hold temporary visas need proper income support and access to Medicare, both of which are federal responsibilities.”

Giving income support to temporary migrant workers would obviously incentivise them to stay in Australia to compete against local workers for scarce jobs. It would also cost taxpayers many billions of dollars.

This completely contradicts the initial purpose of Australia’s temporary migration program, which was developed to help plug “skills shortages” across the economy.

Temporary visas were also marketed as giving the economy flexibility: the migrant take could quickly expand when skills were needed but then in times of strife those on temporary visas could return to their home countries. Temporary visas were supposed to act as a shock absorber for the Australian economy.

Given the Australian economy has just experienced its biggest downturn since the Great depression, and labour underutilisation remains sky high (see next chart), this ‘flexibility’ must be allowed to take effect and temporary visa holders must be encouraged to return home.

There was still 1.9 million temporary visa holders in Australia in September 2020 – an extraordinary number in a country of less than 26 million people:

Keeping immigration artificially high will only worsen the unemployment queues and further depress wages, smashing Australia’s working class. It is also detrimental to Australia’s natural environment – something the Greens pretend to care about.

The left should never have allowed the migrant workforce to grow so massive in the first place. They should have been screaming from the rafters, rather than remaining deafly silent or encouraging mass immigration, as Nick McKim is doing here.

It’s high time the left stood up for Australian workers instead of behaving as useful idiots for the capitalist elites that gain from migrant slave labour.

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  1. kierans777MEMBER

    > The left should never have allowed the migrant workforce to grow so massive in the first place. They should have been screaming from the rafters, rather than remaining deafly silent or encouraging mass immigration, as Nick McKim is doing here.

    But, but, but that’s racist^^^

  2. ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

    “It’s high time the left stood up for Australian workers instead of behaving as useful idiots for the capitalist elites that gain from migrant slave labour.”

    Workers are the real left. It’s time they stood up for themselves, get politically active and kick out all of the current, self appointed, professional class, #FakeLeft “Leadership”.
    These people are not Left!

    • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

      It can’t be done. Union members can’t even get their representatives to put fee paying members before wokeism.

      It’s all changed Ermo, and can’t go back to what it was. Impossible. Immigration undermines everything they otherwise apparently stand for.

      See the light. Don’t waste any more time on the Labor party.

    • Unfortunately the true workers are too busy trying to make a living to meaningfully contribute to politics. It has always been a playground for the relatively wealthy, on both sides.

      Edit: Or fortunately, depending on your disposition I guess.

  3. Poochie the Rockin DogMEMBER

    The greens are so stupid they don’t even need to be paid off by the elites to do their bidding

  4. The environment is no longer the priority or a consideration for the Greens traitors. Their ideology is the pursuit of a ‘brown man’ society that the mass Third World immigration program fulfills perfectly.
    The workers are no longer the priority or a genuine consideration for the Labor traitors. Their ideology since the takeover by the progressive left is a ‘brown man’ society that the mass Third World immigration program fulfills perfectly.
    The Liberal/National traitors require and will continue the mass Third World immigration program to fulfill their neoliberal ideology.
    An unholy alliance of the elites.

    • But it’s funny, the Greens get candidates that are the preferred ‘light skinned’ brown people, you know the types that brown people that the Greens attracts, actually prefer.

      The Greens might want to look at the deep seated racism inherent in the people that they want to please and attract from the subcontinent.

  5. Bizarro world when the NSW LNP (hi Matt Keen) is more green (albeit driven by commercials) than the Greens

  6. Stewie GriffinMEMBER

    The Soylent Greens are citizens of the world who simply reside in the EZFKA.

    Hence they see other citizen of the world who comes here to be entitled to exactly the same as what every other resident of EZFKA is entitled to.

    This is the way.

  7. Jumping jack flash

    Around 2006, the debt economy started to take off. Wages were inflating, debt was flowing like water, house prices were rocketing up.

    Then for whatever reason everyone got scared at the inflation. Howard raised interest rates. He attempted to implement Workchoices. Why? Well in hindsight I suppose this was because interest rates were still connected to inflation and they couldn’t raise interest rates due to the volume of debt that was around. Even back then.

    This was unfortunately the one thing they forgot in their carefully engineered debt economy.

    Inflation and then wage inflation was absolutely necessary for their carefully engineered system of debt growth to work properly – if wages don’t inflate, how do people afford more debt for the same set of assets? And if prices don’t inflate how can wages inflate? But they blindly “slayed the inflation dragon” and we ended up in 2008, their debt economy experiment in tatters.

    Since 2008 we haven’t had nearly enough debt growth to make their system work. To prevent widespread deflation they implemented back to back interest rate cuts over the next 10 years, and cheap migrant workers were herded into the country by the millions to have their wages stolen.

    The act of stealing wages was nowhere near as effective as the mechanism of price inflation leading to wage inflation, but it served a purpose. Business owners could raise their own wages and take on more debt to become more successful, and there wasn’t any inflation.

    Wisely, the RBA decoupled interest rates from inflation when fearless Phil took over.

    Flash forward to today, and if they can get the debt growing fast enough again, which looks more probable now than ever before, the price inflation can come back again, then the wage inflation will return, so herding millions more cheap migrant workers into the country to steal wages from may no longer be as necessary.

    What The Greens (and everyone else) should be doing – in the name of the planet no less, is picketing APRA and demanding that they lower their lofty standards that are severely hampering economic growth, to increase everyone’s eligibility for gargantuan piles of debt to heal the economy with so we don’t need the immigrants!

  8. Why not blame the parties that were actually in power at the time? It’s crazy to blame the Greens for the actions of the other parties.