Grattan Institute wants to have it both ways on immigration


Over the weekend, the Albanese Government announced that it would attempt to stem the flow of non-genuine international students coming to Australia for work and residency via:

  • Banning colleges that target international students from paying commissions to agents;
  • Implementing a series of “risk indicators” as part of a monitoring framework that will track student attendance;
  • Implementing a “fit and proper person” test for college owners;
  • Prohibiting cross-ownership between colleges and education agents.

Education Minister Jason Clare claims the reforms will stop “shonks and dodgy operators trying to exploit students and make money out if it”.

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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.