Universities pump international student export lies


Last month, Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers blatantly lied when he said that “the recovery in migration that we’re expecting right now” is “not a government lever or a government target or policy. It’s a demand-driven thing”.

Chalmers also tried to claim that Australia’s record net overseas migration (NOM) was caused by fewer Australians moving overseas “because it’s a net figure net overseas migration is actually fewer Australians leaving to work overseas”.

The facts are that the Albanese Government has deliberately turbo-charged immigration levels (and delivered a rental crisis) through deliberate policy decisions, some of which are targeted directly at recruiting international students.

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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.