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  1. In relative terms it certainly would be. OP would need to consider the worthiness of such a move. Perhaps progression would ensue at some stage, perhaps not. Very low paid regardless and could just as well be terminated at some stage of employment as well. But there is a far bigger question involved here, not directly related to the question posed as well.
  2. Maybe. Although it is more recent times that business has dictated so overtly to government. Not only that but all appear on board. Liberal, Labor, worse of all The Greens.
  3. Bourke’s letter got me thinking and promoted me to do some investigation of my own. First, the below chart shows that so-called “skilled” migrants made up around 129,000 of Australia’s 200,000 strong permanent migrant intake in 2016: Curiously, the number of skilled permanent migrants, and indeed the overall number of permanent migrants, was higher in 2016 than it was during the height of the mining boom when skills shortages were common. The Productivity Commission’s (PC) recent Migrant Intake Australia report explicitly stated: The PC also showed that while primary skilled migrants have slightly better labour market outcomes than the Australian born population in terms of median incomes, labour force participation, and unemployment rates, secondary skilled visas, and indeed all other forms of migrants, have much worse outcomes: Thus, it would appear that William Bourke’s claim that Australia’s mass immigration program is diluting Australia’s skills base is true. Another point that needs to be recognised is that the most popular categories of skilled migrants – accountants, engineers and IT professionals: Are also the categories with the biggest surplus of workers: Thus, the skilled migration system is destroying career prospects for local graduates in these (and other) areas. In short, it does appear that Australia’s mass immigration system is diluting Australia’s skills base, in addition to placing greater pressure on infrastructure, housing and the environment. So why are we persisting with such a program? Why not lower the immigration intake back to the long-run norm of 70,000 people a year? unconventionaleconomist@hotmail.com The party to vote for being the only one at the blocks with the remotest interest in Australia's well being as a policy. It has been well documented the impact excessive immigration is having on Australia's cities. The reason governments persist with such a policy is that high immigration will largely disguise the true shape of the economy. It certainly maintains GDP. Just think about the demand of people coming and going in big numbers. Immigration is expensive business. Obviously partners of principle applicants do take lesser skilled positions, depriving locals of entry positions. In times of more 'normal' migration numbers this could be acceptable. In times of high migration and poorer onshore prospects, this is totally not.
  4. I suppose most things are 'doable'. Unless very young though, why would anyone want to move to an expensive city to slum it? Unless life is so unbearable in the place they presently inhabit of course.
  5. Absolutely. The government held off as long as possible. I feel for the individuals caught up in this though and sold a 'dream'. Hardly their fault. But the entire immigration process requires looking at and brought back to normal levels.
  6. Probably the direct inflicting of pain on a group within the population would be enough. I expect the claim that the fight was against fascism in the world wars would further add to the reason.
  7. There is a considerable difference from a hate march to a young woman expressing political dissent. It is not what she so much said that I am opposed to, just the fact she should have been aware of the reaction from a particular group from within the community. As such she gave them ammunition, to attack both herself, the ABC and further legitimise bigots. The creation of ANZAC into a 'sacred day' is of fairly modern times and of course the concept of freedom allows 'other voices' to express, be that a Easter or Christmas (all once considered sacred) Surely you were one of those that supported the bill for people to be allowed to say racist and insensitive things about one another? It was called free speech of course. As for marching, any thoughts on indigenous ex soldiers being allowed by RSL to march under own flag?
  8. Sorry to say it but a likely reason the 457 was cancelled. Any employer seeking to employ an 'outsider' on such a meagre wage, imo, should be seriously looked into. Sydney being one of the worlds most expensive cities. I do feel for the OP though, as hopes would have been built up.
  9. Maybe. I suspect many had little time for her anyway. I like Waleed Aly by and large. There again don't have to agree in the entirety of what he says, but few people I would. As it should be I feel as the world needs a diversity of opinion, rather than hero figures. I for one are more than happy that Australia is developing along those lines.
  10. I guess the success of being a 'nomad ' is whether it is a 'life choice' or an enforced necessity of sorts.
  11. One thing you've learnt? Agreed but how long did the learning process take. At twenty six I too displayed a 'passion' to fight my corner, come what may. I suspect she will be more 'aware' on further occasions, being a public figure and all that entails, before she sprouts off on social media. I for one would cut her slack. I am still under the impression she has a lot to offer public debate in this country as she matures.
  12. Hard to figure that one out. I have been asked on all occasions entering UK on an Aussie passport (UK had expired) UK immigration (onshore Belgium)even wanted an address or place of abode while in UK and had the beginnings of a 'hard time' when unable to supply. Arriving in Portsmouth by ship, was similarly questioned, but no hard time, into UK travel plans,etc. Other times always entered on UK passport. Recent years tend to bypass UK as better places to visit, hence last trip was seven years back.
  13. Don't see the two as being very relevant myself, but often aired by certain folk in time of economic downturn. Few can afford to sit on their butts, as you put it in modern day Australia, and expect to pay the rent, mortgage and provide food on the table. This argument is as old as the hills are extremely ill founded. The argument should be to train people to undertake positions now over taken by 457's, but hardly just that category. With not far short of two million in Australia, on one sort or another temp/study visa (from mid 16 figures)there are ample numbers of people out there than local based workers, whom will perform the most manual of chores.
  14. Well the charter of the ABC was to represent minority interests and voice. I realise that has been in decline for sometime, indeed forces from the Right of politics are out to starve it of funding and its independence. (Hanson's mob being another example of that) (Turnbull doing a brill job of his own) The person in question is a voice of mainline dissent. Like her or loathe her she certainly should have a voice. We have more than enough conformity in Australia as is for our own good. I note Waleed is another that cops flak as well. Some perhaps should examine their concepts of freedom. It doesn't mean we have to agree with something we may find not particular palatable. To win an argument we need to have an opposing view aired, before it can be critiqued and shown to be nonsense or contrary. Way time to move on in this instance and address real affronts being imposed on the nation.
  15. Aussies still have to convince UK immigration that they are bona fide tourists, having enough to sustain themselves, not being suspected of entering to work. If deemed 'sus' can and are disqualified from entry.