Visa privatisation faces parliamentary roadblock

The Morrison Government’s planned privatisation of Australia’s visa system faces roadblocks in parliament after the Department of Home Affairs advised that the reform would likely need to be legislated: The timeline for the Australian government’s controversial $1 billion plus visa processing privatization project has been blown out by at least six months. The latest hitch is


Immigration spruiker bemoans jobless elderly she put out of work

Cognitive dissonance certainly runs strongly through the veins of the ANU’s Dr Liz Allen (“Dr Demography”), who has spent years vigorously promoting/defending Australia’s mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy. Hilariously, Allen is now complaining that older Australians are unable to find jobs: “I see lots of women in their mid-40s who take redundancies that look financially


Immigration ponzi overloads Sydney’s public transport system

If you want bonafide evidence that Sydney is not planning for it’s booming population, look no further than its public transport system. Growth on NSW’s public transport network has soared past long-term government predictions, with 93 million more trips taken on buses and trains in 2019 than what was forecast for 2031: A report used


If Albo wants to boost jobs for oldies, he must cut immigration

In a plea for the grey vote, Labor leader Anthony Albanese has promised to keep older Australians in work: More than 72,000 Australians aged 55 to 64 are unemployed, and over-45s who lose their job struggle to get work again, [Albanese] says. Instead, they face “spiralling down towards a pretty lean retirement”… In 1927, just


The Economist: Lower immigration boosts wages

The latest Edelman Trust Barometer survey revealed that more than half of employees globally are concerned about job competition from low-wage migrants, as well as foreign competition more broadly: These concerns extend to Australia, where 48% of employees are concerned about job competition from migrants: Interestingly, the open borders zealots at The Economist have released


Farm lobby slams Sydney Uni research showing less need for migrants

Australia’s agricultural lobby has slammed a report by Sydney University claiming there is less need for migrants to work on farms: Sydney University researchers found demand for full-time and part-time work in agriculture had steadily declined since the early 2000s, with mechanisation a key factor. The Journal of Australian Political Economy cites Australian Bureau of


Employers choose migrants over older Australians

A LinkedIn survey has found that 44% of baby-boomers consider that their job applications are being rejected largely due to their age: …a new report adds to the mounting evidence of an Australian ageism crisis. Conducted by professional networking site, LinkedIn, the survey of 1025 Australians revealed just under one in two baby boomers (44


ScoMo must fix the AAT before opening visa system

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has raised the prospect of giving Indonesians “streamlined” access to Australia: Scott Morrison has announced he will reassess harsh visa entry conditions for Indonesians travelling to Australia as he welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Parliament House… “Indonesia will be one of the star economies of the world over the next


Calombaris collapses but wage theft rolls on across restaurants

He’s cooked, at the ABC: The restaurant business of former Masterchef judge George Calombaris has been put into administration, only months after being rocked by a staff underpayment scandal, with almost all venues to cease trading immediately and hundreds of employees affected. A statement from KordaMentha on Monday said the company’s Craig Shepard and Leanne Chesser


Victoria’s two biggest cities to merge into giant megatropolis

Demographer Dr Bob Birrell has forecast that never ending mass immigration will cause Victoria’s two biggest cities to merge into one gigantic city: Respected demographer Bob Birrell said the predicted boom could see outer Geelong suburbs meet up with the outer fringe of Melbourne, effectively connecting Victoria’s two biggest cities. “Melbourne is such a major


Migration agents shamed again as visa rorts boom

Last week, the peak lobby group for Australia’s registered migration agents – Migration Alliance – attacked Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, for claiming that the explosion in temporary visas across the Australian economy was creating exploitation, undercutting local workers and contributing to Australia’s chronically low wage growth: [Keneally’s] views drew the ire of Migration Alliance,


Migration agents attack Labor’s temporary visa crackdown

Last week, Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, rightfully attacked the explosion in temporary visas (see next chart) across the Australian economy, claiming migrant workers were undercutting locals and contributing to Australia’s chronically low wage growth. According to Keneally: Australia currently hosts the second-highest number of temporary migrants in the world, second only to the United


Restaurants deliver another major migrant wage theft

In December, a report from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) revealed that a huge proportion of eateries across Australia’s cities are underpaying workers: Inspectors audited 156 businesses in Adelaide (Gouger Street, Grote Street, Rundle Street and The Parade), Melbourne (Swanston St, Lygon Street, Sydney Road and St Georges Road), Sydney (King Street in Newtown) and


Australian visas exploited by “criminal people smuggling syndicates”

In her speech to the annual John Curtin Lecture, Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, launched another tirade against the surge in bridging visas under the Coalition’s term in office, which has been fuelled by “criminal people smuggling syndicates… running a work scam”: We have seen an explosion in this type of people smuggling in the


Ambos: Mass immigration overruns emergency services

NSW paramedics have blamed excessive population growth for declining response times, claiming that high density living and increased traffic congestion is placing undue strain on emergency services: NSW ambulance response times are among the slowest in the country, with the state recording its longest wait time in a decade… The Australian government report stated this


Moody’s: “Water stress” Sydney’s biggest threat

With Sydney’s water storages shrinking at a rate that is 50% faster than the Millennium Drought, and with storages at just 42.1%: Moody’s has warned that “water stress” will be the biggest threat facing Sydney by 2030: The ratings agency Moody’s is warning that NSW faces significant pressures on its budget as it grapples with


Study: Mass immigration is destroying housing affordability

In October 2017, Labor’s pro-immigration extremist, Dr Andrew Leigh, penned a ridiculous article claiming that the mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy has not driven-up house prices: An OECD survey of the relevant studies concludes that migrants have a minimal impact on housing prices. Seven out of 10 new migrants to Australia either live with friends


Stop the emissions cut delusion

Eighty Australian Research Council (ARC) laureates have signed an open letter demanding strong action to make deep cuts to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions: Eighty of Australia’s top academics have written an open letter declaring an “urgent need for deep cuts” to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions following the current unprecedented bushfire crisis. The letter calls on


Labor takes aim at temporary visa tsunami but with what?

Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, has taken direct aim at Australia’s ballooning temporary visa numbers, which have surpassed 2.3 million and are second only to the United States (see next chart). Kristina Keneally wants these numbers reduced, arguing that the temporary migrant tsunami is crushing wages: Australia currently hosts the second-highest number of temporary migrants


UK mulls wave of low-paid “skilled” migrants to crush wages

With UK wage growth recently hitting an 11-year high: The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended the Johnson Government drop the salary threshold for “skilled” migrants by more than £4,000: Skilled migrants from outside the EU currently need to have a job offer with a minimum salary of £30,000. But the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)


Senate crossbench to derail visa privatisation

The senate crossbench looks set to scuttle the Morrison Government’s planned privatisation of Australia’s visa system after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) advised that the reform would likely need to be legislated: The department’s incoming government brief to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, released under Freedom of Information laws, says the plan


NSW planning minister hands reins to developers

In 2017, NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, pushed-back against the federal government’s blind march towards a ‘Big Australia’, claiming it is leaving Sydney forever struggling to keep pace: Rob Stokes said the state government was left trying to retrofit the NSW’s infrastructure and services to an expanding population, without a clear, transparent trajectory of NSW’s