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  1. er Olly Grender Dan Hodges Christopher Montgo <!-- /.blog-header --><!-- ISI_LISTEN_START -->Archbishop of Canterbury: "no one voted" for the coalition's policies Posted by George Eaton - 08 June 2011 22:00 <!-- /.post-header -->Rowan Williams launches an outspoken attack on the government in a leader for the New Statesman. <!-- Generated by XStandard version on 2011-06-09T08:53:57 --><IFRAME style="WIDTH: 110px; HEIGHT: 20px" class="twitter-share-button twitter-count-horizontal" title="Twitter For Websites: Tweet Button" src="http://platform0.twitter.com/widgets/tweet_button.html?_=1307610352705&count=horizontal&id=twitter_tweet_button_0&lang=en&original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newstatesman.com%2Fblogs%2Fthe-staggers%2F2011%2F06%2Frowan-williams-government&text=New%20Statesman%20-%20Archbishop%20of%20Canterbury%3A%20%22no%20one%20voted%22%20for%20the%20coalition's%20policies&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newstatesman.com%2Fblogs%2Fthe-staggers%2F2011%2F06%2Frowan-williams-government&via=georgeeaton" frameBorder=0 allowTransparency scrolling=no></IFRAME> <SCRIPT type=text/javascript src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"><![CDATA[]]></SCRIPT>The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has launched a remarkable attack on the coalition government, warning that it is committing the country to "radical, long-term policies for which no one voted." In a leading article in tomorrow's New Statesman, which he has guest-edited, Williams writes that the "anxiety and anger" felt by voters is a result of the coalition's failure to expose its policies to "proper public argument". His political intervention is the most significant by a church figure since Faith In The City, an excoriating critique of the Thatcher government, was published in 1985 by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie. With specific reference to David Cameron's health and education reforms, Williams says that the government's approach has created a mixture of "bafflement and indignation" among the public. "With remarkable speed, we are being committed to radical, long-term policies for which no one voted," he writes. "At the very least, there is an understandable anxiety about what democracy means in such a context." Before the general election, Cameron famously promised to stop the "top-down reorganisations of the NHS" but later embarked on the biggest reforms to the health service since its creation. He has raised concerns about the coalitions dealings on Education, Health and Welfare reforms and he said there was indignation, due to the lack of a proper public argument on these issues. Should he, a representative of the church, be getting involved in things like this.
  2. Some point to be noted from the news article... 1.Mr Abbott said he would not cut the employer-nominated categories – because business needed to continue to grow – or the family reunion program. 2.The planned cuts will focus on family and student visa programs, while skilled migration would largely be quarantined. 3.Mr Abbott said the Coalition would keep skilled migration numbers up, but would crack down on "dubious educational and family-reunion applicants". 4.he Coalition would begin a White Paper on immigration if they win office to set out a detailed plan for enacting the cuts to immigration programs, and release a discussion paper by the end of the year on the topic. Although Mr Morrison would not detail where the cuts would be made, he indicated that family and student visa programs were the bulk of the remaining visa classes that were not protected under the Coalition's new policy. Read more on this story here.... Libs would slash foreign student intake | The Daily Telegraph I do not know whether Coalition is really serious about these immigration reforms. If this is true then I would expect Coalition would be far better than Evan's. I But on the other hand If these are just election stunts to attract voters then I am afraid after election things will change.
  3. Coalition may direct where migrants settle - Local News - News - General - The Canberra Times Some quotes include: Although not a fan of Chris Evans, I worry about what the future holds in terms of migration should the opposition gain power.