Immigration

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Experts: Australia’s visa system “lazy” and “low-skilled”

The Australian’s Adam Creighton penned a thought-provoking article yesterday, whereby he described Australia’s “wide-scale immigration from poorer countries” both “low-skilled” and “lazy” policy: Why worry about how to “engage” with Asia when we were becoming an Asian country?… By 2023, the Chinese-born population of Australia — which grew by half to 650,000 across the five

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RBA: Mass immigration behind Australia’s unaffordable housing

RBA Governor, Phil Lowe, has once again blamed Australia’s mass immigration policy for inflating housing values and making homes unaffordable: So what does the governor worry about? He worries about opportunity and about inequality… And he worries that high house prices can entrench inequality from one generation to the next… Hold on. Aren’t you to

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Half of Australian temporary visa holders underpaid

The latest Department of Home Affairs quarterly visa data reported another increase in the number temporary visas on issue, hitting a record high 2,260,000 in trend terms in the year to June 2019: As noted last month by the Grattan Institute, an increasing proportion of immigration into Australia is relatively low-skilled, with many of these

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Criminal syndicates swarm Australia’s visa system

Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, has once again lambasted the blowout of asylum seekers gaining entry into Australia by plane, which is being fuelled by so-called “criminal syndicates” and “people smugglers”: [Keneally said] the Coalition’s fixation on the boats has allowed weakness to develop at airports – invoking, for example, the 81,596 people who have

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Coalition buries migrant boom under bridging visas

Yesterday’s media was abuzz with reports that the Morrison Government had cut its migrant intake to “the lowest level in a decade”: Australia’s migration intake has dropped to 160,000 — the lowest in a decade… The Australian can reveal that 160,323 permanent visas were granted under the 2018-19 migration program. The permanent migration program, which

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Costs blow-out as infrastructure lags mass immigration

The mad rush to build infrastructure to keep pace with Australia’s ballooning population is leading to cost blow-outs, as shortages develop across labour and materials. From The Age: Taxpayers will fork out an extra $370 million for the next stage of the Monash Freeway upgrade, with the cost of the project blowing out to $1.1

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Coalition’s skilled visa “overhaul” another giant con

Yesterday, the Morrison Government announced an “overhaul” of Australia’s skilled-migration ­occupation lists to drive economic growth and meet increasing demand for foreign workers in certain sectors. From SBS News: Employment and Skills Minister Michaelia Cash announced the review in response to concerns the current list of about 500 jobs does not reflect the demand for

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The ‘Golden Visa’ migration rort must be shut down

Andrew Martin – managing director of asset management at Moelis Australia, which helps wealthy Chinese to obtain an Australian passport through the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program – has defended the SIV scheme, sighting its “massive success” amid calls for it to be abolished: Immigration Minister David Coleman recently flagged a review of the business

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Australia’s visa system overrun by Malaysian scammers

Two month ago, former High Court justice, Ian Callinan, warned that Australia’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) was being overloaded with bogus asylum seeker applications from migrants attempting to scam Australia’s visa system: [Former High Court justice Ian Callinan] said “almost everyone” with migration law experience had told him there were applic­ants and representatives who “game

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Australia’s skilled visa program piles up idle migrants

MB has long argued that Australia’s skilled visa program is poorly targeted with the majority of visas granted to professions experiencing an oversupply of workers. The below chart illustrates the problem. According to the Department of Jobs and Small Business, skills shortages across managerial and professional occupations were running way below the historical average at

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People smugglers take control of Australia’s visa system

Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, has launched another onslaught against the blowout of bridging visas under the Coalition’s watch, which has been fuelled by people smugglers: Labor senator Kristina Keneally has credited the coalition government with “stopping the boats” but warned people smugglers are now bringing in asylum seekers by plane. Senator Keneally is going

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Mass immigration floods Australia with spies, insurgents

Via the ABC: Foreign espionage is taking place in Australia at a greater rate than any other time in history. It comes after revelations Rwanda has an alleged network of spies suppressing political dissent in refugee communities in Queensland The stark warning from the nation’s domestic intelligence agency follows accusations the east African nation of

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Coalition to deliver more fake migrant visa cuts

Earlier this year, the Morrison Government cut Australia’s non-humanitarian permanent migrant intake by 30,000 to 160,000, in order to “relieve congestion in the cities”. Now, ‘experts’ believe the Government is readying to cut Australia’s permanent migrant intake by another 10,000 people this year. From ABC News: The regional and global talent visas represent almost 30,000 permanent

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It’s official: Coalition’s migrant visa cuts are a lie

Earlier this week, immigration minister David Coleman gave a speech to the Sydney Institute where spruiked the Coalition’s 30,000 cut to Australia’s non-humanitarian permanent migrant visa intake in order to reduce congestion in the major cities: …in recent years, we have reduced our annual permanent migration intake. Population pressure in Sydney and Melbourne in particular

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ScoMo’s visa system privatisation will Swiss cheese borders

Michael West has done a terrific job today exposing the vested interests behind the Morrison Government’s privatisation of Australia’s visa system: Despite the myriad failures of privatisation, not least the disastrous sale of the nation’s energy networks which has delivered dazzling profits to foreign multinationals at the expense of every citizen in this country, the

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Morrison Government spruiks new “high skill” fast track visas

Federal Immigration Minister David Coleman is to release details of its Global Talent Scheme (GTS) visa program today, with visas for 5,000 “high-skilled” people from around the world to be fast-tracked each year. Coleman says the Global Talent Independent Program will focus on no more than five or six sectors, with fintech, quantum computing and

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Migrant visa tsunami pushes older Australians onto dole queue

Recall Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor, Phil Lowe’s, testimony on Friday to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, whereby Lowe wrongly claimed that increased labour force participation from older Australians is one of the key reasons for excess capacity in Australia’s labour market and why wage growth has stuck to historically low

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RBA fail: Migrant visa boom crushing Australian wages

In testimony on Friday to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor, Phil Lowe, blamed increasing labour supply from females and older Australians for holding down Australian wages: What’s happened is that increased demand for labour has been met with more labour supply, especially by women and older

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Morrison Government conceals migrant stampede behind bridging visas

Last year, the Morrison Government announced that it would cut Australia’s non-humanitarian permanent migrant intake by 20,000 to 160,000, in order to “relieve congestion in the cities”. From the outset, MB labelled this a ‘fake cut’, based on the fact that both temporary migration and net overseas migration (NOM) continues to increase, as illustrated in the

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IT Start-ups handed migrant visa slaves

The Morrison Government has announced that it will make the Global Talent Scheme permanent after a 12-month trial, thus permitting start ups to employ cheap migrant workers: Under the program, two visa streams are available to fill specialised positions. Established businesses with a turnover of $4 million can apply for up to 20 visas for

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RBA admits migrant visa system is lowering wages

Over many years, MB has consistently argued that mass immigration is helping to hold down Australian wages. The economics is straightforward: when the working aged population continually increases via immigration, competition for jobs intensifies, worker bargaining power gets eroded, unemployment and underemployment remains elevated, and wages are held down. The situation in Australia is particularly

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Analysts: Mass immigration to drive up Australian rents

Several analysts have warned that the slowdown in residential construction amid ongoing strong immigration will force up rental costs from 2020: Scott Keck, chairman of property consultants Charter Keck Cramer, said Australia’s steady influx of migrants would shore up demand for apartments… The bigger problem for Australia, he said, was that supply would fail to

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Farm visa clamour grows despite worsening migrant exploitation

Last week I posted a detailed report on the systemic exploitation of migrant farm workers, which has been exposed repeatedly by a variety of studies. Despite this rampant exploitation, the Morrison Government has announced plans to grant farmers even more migrant workers through the expansion of the backpacker visa scheme to 13 additional countries, which comes

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Welcome to your mass immigration kleptocracy

For years, MB has pointed out to an obtuse media that wage theft, crushloading, dodgy construction, falling living standards and corruption are integral parts of the mass immigration economic model. It is pointless whining about it, regulating it, fixing it piecemeal and expecting our institutions will cope. All such efforts will fail. Why? Because these are

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Mass immigration gobbles up Melbourne’s greenery

The hidden costs of the ‘Big Australia’ mass immigration policy have surfaced again, with a new report from RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research showing an alarming loss of greenery across Metropolitan Melbourne caused by encroaching urban development: Comparison of the 2014 and 2018 combined tree and shrub cover across the study area reveals an overall

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Why employ locals when you can import migrant visa slaves?

Earlier this week I posted a detailed expose on the systemic exploitation of migrant farm workers, which has been exposed repeatedly by a raft of major studies. Shortly afterwards, it was revealed that the Morrison Government plans to grant farmers even more slave migrant workers: Backpackers from 13 countries are being targeted by Immigration Minister

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Australia’s mass immigration model is falling apart

It is everywhere now, except in the national discussion. Australia’s mass immigration economic model is falling apart. Consider the following. Across all spheres of society there are immense scandals underway. The first and highest order is the nation’s national interest. This is under intense pressure as the US/China Cold War blossoms. We are isolated from

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ScoMo expands list of eligible slave visas for farming

The Government has responded to the growing scandal around foreign farm slave labour today, via the ABC: Backpackers from 13 countries are being targeted by Immigration Minister David Coleman as he seeks to find workers wanted by regional businesses. The move has won in-principle support from the National Farmers’ Federation, even if it is still