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  1. Interesting article clarifiying how population is defined: "A few facts would be useful in the migration debate. IF WE'RE going to have great debate about whether we want a Big Australia, people will need a much stronger grasp on the factors driving population growth and immigration than they've shown so far. This is the rationale for a useful booklet, Population and Immigration: Understanding the Numbers, issued by the Productivity Commission this week.... ..... But the government has recently more than halved its list of skilled occupations in short supply and tightened up on the overseas student category. Combine this with the high dollar and the troubles of Indian students in Melbourne and it seems likely the number of overseas students will now fall quite heavily. It's a safe bet net migration won't grow nearly as fast in the next few years.
  2. Makes an interesting read: ABC news: Population boom inescapable: report - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Quoting - "strong population growth is "probably inescapable" and even the figure of 36 million is only achievable by factoring a significant reduction in migrant intake." Sydney Morning Herald: Population boom inevitable, PM told Quoting - "even if annual net migration was lowered to an unrealistically low 60,000 per annum, Australia's population would still reach 29 million by 2050."
  3. Australia the Lucky Country without Meaningful Debate Lucky Country a land of myths. THE policy debate is dominated by some monster lies and old-fashioned bogeymen. IT is a cathartic experience announcing your looming retirement, as I did this month. Having spent 21 of my 44 years as a dreaded lobbyist for the tourism, transport, property and infrastructure sectors, I decided it was time to step off the stage for a while. Declaring your innings temporarily over brings with it a liberated perspective. This is lubricated by the experience the nation has been through in our federal election and its aftermath. I want now to reflect on some pressing issues facing the nation and tackle some of the myths that dominate economic and social public policy debate. ► We can’t afford a big Australia. Wrong. The most depressing, and dishonest, argument permeating politics is that Australia is unable to cope with population growth, and it’s one that has forged a coalition of the far-Left and far-Right. We are a smart nation, blessed with a magnificent natural and human capacity and, with investment in urban and regional infrastructure, we can sustain a bigger population. Young, migrant nations such as ours are growing or they are shrinking. There is no in-between status. Traffic congestion and social division are genuine considerations and we do need some limits on growth, but we cannot allow poor planning in Sydney and southeast Queensland, or bigotry, to dominate the debate……
  4. virtual_bajwa

    Immigration debate 'asinine'

    ONE of the world's leading economic historians has slammed Labor's "needless pseudo stimulus" spending. Niall Ferguson has also criticised the election campaign's "pathetic" debate over capping immigration and population growth. The visiting Harvard history professor said yesterday Australia's budget stimulus -- the third biggest in the developed world -- had not been justified by the size of the global financial crisis hit to this country's economy. As well, Labor's budget stimulus had been weighted too much to increased spending rather than tax cuts or on rationalising the tax system. It was "inconceivable" that Labor's budget stimulus had delivered significant macro-economic benefits, while it probably involved large macro-economic costs. "I think the whole thing was an over-reaction," he told a Centre for Independent Studies lunch in Sydney. Professor Ferguson said the quality of Australia's election debate on immigration and population was "strongly reminiscent of the quality of debate in (Scotland's) Strathclyde region council". Australia's population could well double by the 2050s but the election campaign was missing the opportunity to debate how to invest the economy's strong budget position in infrastructure-led growth. Instead, Australia was indulging in the pretence that a "fantasy cap" could be put on immigration and population growth. Issues such as traffic congestion in Sydney could be addressed without resorting to an "asinine" debate on immigration. "You really never had it so good," Professor Ferguson said.
  5. connaust

    Imimigration Debate Cartoon

    Cartoon by Nicholson in The Australian 23 July 2010 re. Immigration debate and politicians "dog whistling" or playing the "race card". In recent weeks many, especially business and human rights groups, have complained about too much negativity and misinformation about immigration, population, refugees etc. Politicians have to be careful that while endeavouring to capture short term votes, they are not alienating their future constituencies.....
  6. Teams to tackle migrant debate. THREE teams of experts with strongly opposing views on a Big Australia have been called in to help map out the issues around population growth. Former NSW premier Bob Carr will head a panel which will say the population is heading towards unsustainable levels. A business team chaired by Heather Ridout, of the Australia Industry Group, sees high growth as the key to prosperity. The third panel, to be headed by demographer Graeme Hugo, has no strong opinion on numbers but wants better planning. Population Minister Tony Burke yesterday said the three would draft an issues paper on population growth. The government has been trying to ease the concerns of Australians opposed to rapid population growth and immigration as they see resources stretched, and those who want more immigration to fill skills shortages. And I bet Bob Carr will be drawing upon the “research” of anti immigration group Centre for Population & Urban Research, informed by demographer Dr. Bob Birrell..... who had been advising DIAC.......
  7. With the election called for 6th May, tonight sees the first ever live television debate between the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat party leaders.
  8. George Lombard

    Disability and Migration - Public Debate

    This article in the Age: Discrimination Against Disabled Migration might be a sign of a changing of culture with respect to medical processing. The author makes the point that Australia's migration practices are contrary to human rights obligations accepted by Australia. Out of interest, what can people tell me about medical barriers to migration to the UK and EU countries generally? I assume that the US and Canada still maintain equally strict medical requirements, but happy to listen to comments from consumers. Cheers, George Lombard
  9. Guest

    the great aussie debate

    i have been reading through a few things on this site and the topic of work, are the aussies racist and just getting on with life over here are some main worries.... so i thought i would offer my thoughts.... i must admit i have only been here (gold coast) for 6 months but i am married to one of them and feel like i have got a good grasp on how thing are over here.... well on the gold coast that is Now i guess i was one of the lucky ones with regards to work and i have sort of landed on my feet with a very good employer. However i spent weeks upon weeks applying for jobs and got plenty and plenty of knock backs.... was it because i was a pom? who knows....it probably didnt help!!! getting work these days is not easy wherever you live. it is true that the aussies like to take the piss out of us but they hammer the kiwis more. This is especially true up on the gold coast. They are a funny race and i dont mean in a knock knock way, and i have struggled with the attitude of the blokes out here....to be honest alot are not worth the time of day. However some have alot of respect for you especially those who have travelled a bit or those with english roots..... which to be honest should be the majority of them. The more you intergrate the better.... and give them as much s##t as they give you. You would not let people at home walk all over you so dont take it from them. Remember you are here legally and with the acceptance of the australian government and if they dont like it then its not your problem its theirs. To some you will always be apommie , a kiwi' ......... but like the saying goes 'you cant educate pork'..... and my attitude to those people, and please excuse my french is,.... i would rather be a pommie than an aussie c##k!!!!!!!! I will say something though... I had strong feelings in the Uk on the level of foriegn workers and the impact this had on jobs etc. And im sure you can see where im going with this... i guess its natural to have feelings of resentment toward people 'invading' you country and potentially 'stealing' your jobs. Everyone acts on this differently. You will have to expect to retrain out here. I have every uk plumbing qualification going and a degree in business but i still have to go back to college to get my full plumbing liecence. You can argue all you want about this (believe me i have) but its just the way it is. I cant offer much advice on missing home because this is the hardest thing when your here. It will get easier and your loved ones are always there. It is only a plane ride....i admit a long uncomfortable and if flying with quantas a worrying one... but still only a flight. Always keep a bit of money hidden away just incase. Be proud of where you are from. Im a Cornishman and i will always be one, im here so my wife (aussie) can be with her family. Its important though that you accept where you are and the huge changes infront of you. Always try and stay possitive (sometimes the hardest thing to do) and keep grafting hard. Australia is a great Country (im not saying the greatest ha ah) and the people within her are altogether pretty cool. Enjoy it because life really is to bloody short. Keep smiling and dont let them get you down