Australians “gaslighted” on value of international students


The facade surrounding Australia’s extreme immigration policy continues to crumble.

Last week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that Australia’s population surged by a record 563,200 in the year to March 2023, driven by unprecedented net overseas migration of 454,300:

Net overseas migration

This urge in immigration has been driven by the strongest international student inflows in history.


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About the author
Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.