Shed a tear for Australia’s immigration bureaucrats


Recall that in the wake of the Jobs & Skills Summit in 2022, the Albanese Government spent $42 million of taxpayers’ money to employ an additional 500 staff in the Department of Home Affairs to clear Labor’s contrived “one million visa backlog”.

Labor advertisement on visa 'backlog'

Labor’s “one million visa backlog”

Immigration minister Andrew Giles then boasted in late 2022 that the Department of Home Affairs had processed over 4 million visa applications in just seven months and had nearly halved the fake visa backlog:

Andrew Giles media release

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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.