An excellent report from Crispin Hull!
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Key Points …
-Josh Frydenberg was considering increasing immigration; the ACCI called for skilled migrant intake to 200,000
-business wants this for a pool of cheap labour; weakens workers bargaining power
-Australia does not have a skills shortage but a training shortage
-most jobs on the skilled shortage list are jobs like ‘chef’ not ‘rocket scientist’
The Furphy …
- it would take a crush load of migrants under 40 to impact the age profile
- those immigrants age too
- appalling insult that people aged over 65 are a drain
-a lot of alarmist drivel about lower population and therefore lower GDP
-with lower GDP shared among fewer people everyone will be better off
-better to be richer in a small economy than poorer in a larger one!
-why do pollies listen to business? Because the public service has been eroded; replaced with policy advice from big consultants
-the Greens promise to build a million ‘affordable’ homes despite the environmental cost
-a housing crisis in Australia due to a tax policy which favours investment in homes; squeezing out home buyers
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‘Back to rotten politics as usual’