AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES and Schools Subject to Pandemic Travel Ban with MK Students stranded

TOWARDS the end of February 2020 …

‘Australian universities are bracing for a significant financial hit if the coronavirus travel ban continues, with more than 80 per cent of Chinese students enrolled at some institutions still stuck overseas as lectures are set to resume.’

CAAN:

IS this an admission that tertiary education in Australia is not about learning but about revenue streams?

WHO got it wrong? … No, they didn’t

WHO got it right? It’s a huge issue but it is clear the universities don’t have a Plan B …

WHY didn’t they have a Plan B when they are supposed to be ‘the best and brightest’ amongst us?

WHY did they put all their eggs in one basket?

WHY were they so disconnected from accounting for risk in their business model?

IF they were so sold on selling…

WHY didn’t they look to other markets and diversify their sources of revenues?

COULD it be the Middle Kingdom made it clear they wouldn’t compete for places, they had a ‘right’ as the major player and would respond in an adverse way if the desired outcome wasn’t achieved in their favour?

WHAT is not liked in one part of the exchange between our economies can easily be addressed in a totalitarian setting, not in our world, it’s not controlled that way!


AND we ought not forget the influence peddling, it matters because it works!

Welcome to your pain Australian Universities, are you going to learn from this experience, or is it a case of business as usual when this current emergency ends, and await the next crisis unchanged?

Key points:

  • An estimated 100,000 university students have been held up by the ban
  • China’s restricted internet is making sending course material challenging
  • The financial hit to the sector could be high if universities have to refund fees

‘The universities, as well as some secondary schools, are using special online learning platforms, third-party companies with contracts into China, live streaming of classes and even the tech savvy of their students to upload course material, despite the Chinese digital firewall making this challenging. …

Facing a major cost burden

At the University of Sydney, international students from China make up 24 per cent, or about 17,000, of the 71,000-strong student population.

The university said it understood about 14,000 of those remained overseas, based on information from the Federal Government

If the university has to start reimbursing fees or cancelling enrolments, the cost could be very high.

According to a Centre for Independent Studies report published in August, the University of Sydney received more in fees from Chinese students in 2017 than any other university with total of $500 million, equivalent to one fifth of its total annual revenue. …

At the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, 5,000 students from China are enrolled, but some 80 per cent of those have been affected by the travel ban. …

Frustrated students fear ‘huge’ impact

At Curtin University, the travel ban has stopped 62 per cent of its Chinese students — a total of about 850 — from returning to Perth.

READ MORE!

Coronavirus travel ban hits Australian universities, schools as Chinese students stranded overseas

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-19/coronavirus-travel-ban-hits-universities-students-stuck-in-china/11975938

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PHOTO: The travel ban prevents people coming from mainland China to Australia unless they are Australian citizens or permanent residents. (ABC News: Bill Birtles)

LOOK No Further! Who's to Blame for CoronaVirus in Australia?

CAAN has found a letter which reveals that the Morrison Government had been notified by the CSIRO about the CoronaVirus as early as November 2019

THE CSIRO learnt of the emergence of the CoronaVirus in late November 2019 … they were alert to its likely consequences … but were hindered by China’s obsession with secrecy … was this ‘to save face’?

Following which the offices of the Health Minister and the Prime Minister were provided with the issues and specifics to safeguard Australia

DECEMBER 2019 Australian scientists were able to cultivate the CoronaVirus with the aim of developing a vaccine

MEANWHILE the CSIRO like many government agencies and departments has been pulled apart by Liberal Governments through both budget and job cuts, and their privatisation policy!

-many Scientists forced to leave Australia

Rather the Morrison Government refrained from acting and it appears this allowed the disease to develop unchecked.

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Was the Morrison Government preoccupied with its obsession of ensuring business interests over and above its Constituents?

Among the CSIRO’s proposals for the best course of action was to stop travellers and to stop the airlines!

-the Morrison Government prioritized the feasibility of the airlines

-along with the mining industry

AND dare we at CAAN say the Property Sector of developers, real estate gatekeepers, and their overseas money laundering clients?

The forecast is that it will be six months before it comes to an end!

THE RAMIFICATIONS FOR AUSTRALIA’s ECONOMY CONTINUE TO BE DIRE …

two Million Australians face unemployment; to hit 11% by June; the second Great Depression

-bank profits smashed; bad debts growing

-businesses forced to close; retail bust; hospitality bust

-scaling up social distancing; isolation; mental health issues etc, etc!

READ MORE!

‘Hunt and Morrison were Warned about CoronaVirus in Late November and did Nothing’

VIEW: https://medium.com/@narelleford/wednesday-post-da60561dfa40

In case this disappears … copies of the original letter to ‘The Bulletin’ have been made!

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What made the Scomo Government abandon their Visa Privatisation Plan?

THE ‘PROUD TO BE PUBLIC’ CAMPAIGN NOTIFIED …

SCOMO GOVT ABANDONED VISA PRIVATISATION PLAN!!!

‘Today (20 MARCH 2020) the government have abandoned their visa privatisation plan, announcing that they have “terminated the Request for Tender”.

This is an enormous win for the 2000 workers whose jobs were at risk – and for the integrity of our visa processing system. This win would not have happened without you.’

Anthony Galloway, foreign affairs and national security correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age wrote ‘Government bins $1 billion visa outsourcing plan’ on 20 March …

‘A $1 billion plan to outsource Australia’s visa processing system has been canned by the Morrison government after already costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

Acting immigration minister Alan Tudge on Friday afternoon announced the government will not go ahead with the controversial tender, with the Department of Home Affairs to instead undergo a wider overhaul of its services extending to citizenship applications, security clearances and customs.

The Department of Home Affairs has binned the visa outsourcing tender.
The Department of Home Affairs has binned the visa outsourcing tender.

The decision comes after taxpayers have already forked out at least $87 million on the tender, according to latest figures released from the government. Both bidders have already been paid at least $1 million to participate in the co-design phase of the procurement.

The move comes after a decision on the politically sensitive tender process to choose the successful bidder was last year delayed amid political conflicts of interest within cabinet.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Immigration Minister David Coleman recused themselves from cabinet discussions on the issue because of their long personal and professional relationships with Scott Briggs, who was previously leading one of the bids.

Was it because of ongoing scrutiny of the costly tender and the long personal and professional relationships by unions, economists and even cabinet members that it became too uncomfortable forcing Mr Briggs to quit heading the bid by Australian Visa Processing?

The other bid was a joint proposal between Australia Post and Accenture.

IT appears there is to be no let-up … yet to backdoor immigration … because the department is to conduct a market consultation process over some months for a vision to deliver “large-scale workflow processing capability” for visa and citizenship applications, as well as customs and personnel security clearances.

‘Opponents of the scheme said the changes would have damaged the integrity of Australia’s visa and citizenship system and increase the costs to applicants.

Melissa Donnelly, national secretary of the public sector union CPSU, said the plan to hand over some of the processing to private companies was always misguided, but the outbreak of the coronavirus had further exposed its flaws.

“When our nation is facing great uncertainty, Australians expect the Government to back local jobs and the integrity of vital public services, not flog off essential services to political donors’ multi-national companies. This is a win for the security and health of the Australian community,” she said.’

READ MORE …

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-bins-1-billion-visa-outsourcing-plan-20200320-p54cdb.html

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Go-Ahead for Terraces and Manor Houses … so-called Medium Density

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CAAN Photo …

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CAAN Photo: say this goes up nextdoor to a Heritage cottage … or a mid-century home?

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CAAN Photo: And this one on the other side?

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CAAN Photo: only a few years old; staining on concrete; built forward of its neighbours.

CAAN has already spotted concrete cancer among some new large rendered homes! Including a balcony falling apart!

CONCRETE emits CO2 … Search CAAN Website for the report from Jago Dodson.

The carbon devil in the detail on urban density

To Developers Delight!

CAAN has a look at this report today in the SMH: ‘Go Ahead Given for Medium-Density Homes

‘There will be no further delays to the introduction of a code that will make it easier for landowners and developers to build terraces and other medium-density homes, NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes says.’

The Medium-Density Housing Code came into force two years ago but due to widespread community condemnation, and the support from 45 councils deferral was gained until July this year.

Unless the Medium-Density Code has been amended it allowed for as many as 10 terraces on a 600M2 lot!

Meanwhile the property sector High-Rise Developers continue to beaver away for more approvals … and now this! Originally the Spin was that higher density would be addressed by High-Rise Precincts near railway stations … but. of course, they always want more!

-two dozen councils have not completed planning proposals

Adam Searle, Labor Planning Spokesman said this shows a ‘complete disregard’ for communities and councils

-and has called on the minister to continue the deferred implementation of this policy

Planning Minister Rob Stokes is pushing for medium-density housing to meet growing demand for homes.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes is pushing for medium-density housing to meet growing demand for homes. CREDIT:ANTHONY JOHNSON

HAS the NSW Government thoroughly investigated the likelihood of ‘unintended consequences’ for low-density residential zoned suburbs?

Apart from the injustice of developers having been granted ‘Exempt and Complying Development’ which eliminates the community rights of established residents …

Already across Sydney residents have experienced as many as 8 or more demolitions and redevelopments in their street with excavations, concrete pours as late as 8.00 p.m.; tradie trucks parking out their street and neighbouring streets; roads and footpaths dug up, new piping installed … smelly latrines on the edge of the footpath etc, etc …and this goes on for 12 months or more …

And an empty ‘fugly fortress’ 12 months later … and continuing

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CAAN Photo: a duplex; looks like a block of flats

Along with loss of amenity from the new dwelling(s) built forward of the setback, close to the fence and the ‘new home’ looking into the neighbour’s living room …

And consequences from excavations, water run-off, inadequate stormwater and sewers, creating expense for the established residents …

Developers also outbid First Home Buyers

WILL the Berejiklian Government demand the Morrison Government put a stop to the FIRB Ruling allowing developers to sell 100% of ‘new homes’ to overseas buyers? … Obviously this is why despite so much ‘overdevelopment’ a whole Cohort of Australians remain locked out of ‘Home Ownership’!

HOW can the Medium-Density Housing Code deliver a greater diversity of housing supply for Australians both First Home Buyers and Retirees?

-when competing with money-laundering foreign buyers

Read more about the Real Estate Gatekeepers made exempt from AML Laws in October 2018!

Real estate wins another reprieve from money laundering laws

HOW can one have confidence with all the Planning Law changes … and the evidence to date of oversized fugly fortresses … that sympathetic development will ensue?

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CAAN Photo unsympathetic development in low-rise area north-western Sydney

READ MORE from ‘Go Ahead given for Medium-Density Homes’

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/go-ahead-given-for-medium-density-homes-20200315-p549p5.html

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CAAN Photo: Townhouse development where there was a cottage and a market garden.

Developer Spruiker touts for more immigration …

THE CONSEQUENCES for a Whole Cohort of Australians … as our Cities grow at a rapid rate from high Immigration and Visa Manipulation … are they are pushed out! Contrary to what developer spruikers tout …

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2020/03/13/our-bursting-cities-part-1-housing-solutions/?fbclid=IwAR2nYoD1XC8yKhswwe2ZRJ03MFOsUrZ9hWhsOTIPxgDXuNoZPtF9PU0G5tI

SEARCH CAAN WEBSITE to see where Dr Shane Geha is coming from …

URBAN PLANNER’S left-field idea to boost infrastructure: More IMMIGRATION

JULY 2019 SHANE GEHA

AND THE AWARD FOR AUSTRALIA’S WORST IMMIGRATION SPRUIKER GOES TO … SHANE GEHA

EXTRACT: ‘Virus shows we need more immigration’

by Frank Chung

8th Mar 2020

Dr Shane Geha, managing director of EG Urban Planning, worries the government’s current travel restrictions on visitors coming from China, South Korea and Iran could fuel broader anti-immigration sentiment.

“This hysteria is a little bit over the top, if not really over the top,” he told news.com.au. “That’s not to say we shouldn’t be careful with pandemics – public health is very important – but if you over-size a problem it’s as bad as under-sizing a problem.”

He said there were growing signs of xenophobia, including people choosing to avoid areas with large Asian populations.

“That is so ridiculous – statistically it’s highly improbable (you will be infected),” he said.

RELATED: Follow coronavirus updates

In an opinion piece for news.com.au earlier this week, Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan said it was “disappointing” that Australia was one of the “chief culprits” of racism directed at Chinese people due to the coronavirus outbreak and called out the “growing threat from violent right-wing extremism”.

CAAN: On the contrary the Advice from the Australian Government Health Department:to exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures

-wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet

-cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser

-if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)

exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures

Dr Geha has previously advocated for a massive increase in Australia’s immigration intake to scale its cities and replace an ageing taxpayer demographic, even in the face of growing public debate fuelled by the likes of entrepreneur Dick Smith.

As of June 2019, Australia’s population stood at 25.36 million, with net overseas migration in the year of 238,300. Immigration sceptics have called for a return to more “sustainable” pre-Howard era numbers of 70,000 a year.

Dr Geha says as fears of a recession grow, Australia needs migrants “more now than ever before” to boost economic output and stem the damage to the hard-hit education, tourism and agriculture industries.

“We’ve got a precarious economy that needs itinerant workers, needs students and tourists,” he said. “

SEARCH CAAN WEBSITE to learn more … Australia’s UNEMPLOYMENT is in fact at 19.7% (including 1 Million Australians unable to find work!)

1.6 Million Visa Workers in Australia

-hence lowest wages growth for more than 60 years; insecure work on contract

-a whole Cohort of Australians locked out of home ownership; with competition from foreign Visa holders seeking ‘Permanent Residency’ with Medicare benefits; ‘hot money’ is awash in our Real Estate (real estate gatekeepers exempt from AML Laws; October 2018)

(These industries) are entirely reliant on migrant populations for work. They need these temporary workers, people who are ready to clean beds, pick cotton, pick fruit. There’s going to be a huge shortage of these people. They’re essential to our GDP.”

CAAN: Search CAAN WEBSITE for more reports concerning the vast range of jobs occupied by Visa holders including the professions of Information and Technology, Accountancy, Real Estate Agents, Engineers, Nursing, Healthcare, Pharmacy …. hospitality, nail bars, supermarkets … across the board and not confined as Dr Geha submits!

With 1.6 Million Visa Workers in Australia!

Australia needs migrants ‘more now than ever before’. Picture: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
Australia needs migrants ‘more now than ever before’. Picture: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

As of Sunday morning Australia had 74 confirmed cases of the virus.

Three people have now died – a 78-year-old West Australian man who had been evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, a 95-year-old woman and an 82-year-old man, reportedly from the same NSW nursing home.

CAAN: A nursing home in Macquarie Park, Sydney; the epicentre of the CoronaVirus!

Macquarie Park houses the university with its large number of International Students; a complete demographic change at Macquarie Park; the Metro; and the bus service connecting Sydney.

Globally there are now more than 106,000 cases and nearly 3600 confirmed deaths, a fatality rate of around 3.4 per cent. The seasonal flu, by comparison, has a fatality rate of around 0.1 per cent.

Dr Geha argues the mortality rate of COVID-19 does not justify the extreme reaction, and that “you are more likely to win the lottery than die from coronavirus if you are under 50 years of age”.

“I’m the last person that would want to endanger people’s lives, but we’ve also got an economy to manage and we’ve got to do that delicately while we manage public health,” he said.

… Now, if I’m 91 and frail and I’ve got problems, I might have the tragedy of passing away.”

But Dr Geha says in order to pay for healthcare for that ageing demographic, more migrants are needed to replace the tax revenue “generated by the working majority aged between 20 and 60”.

CAAN: This raises the question concerning the access small businesses have to tax minimisation … e.g. the signs at eateries ‘cash only’ …

Prior to the Liberal Coalition sell-off of Public services … these were the source of much tax revenue from workers incomes …

‘The only option other than “importing them” is “breeding them”, he argues, and Australian households are only having 1.9 children on average, “not even replacing mum and dad”. “We have to import people, it’s our destiny,” he said. “The only other options are to increase taxes, go into austerity, reduce services.” ‘

CAAN: WHY are Australians only having 1.9 children on average? Could the number be even less with new ‘Permanent Residents’ having families?

Is this a consequence of the lowest wages growth, loss of housing affordability, high unemployment (19.7%)? Cough … cough …

“To have functional, world-class cities you need to be somewhere between eight and 10 million at least,” he said. Sydney’s population is currently around 5.23 million.

“The densities of some of the most beautiful cities in the world are multiples of Sydney. Sydney is 417 people per square kilometre. London is five times the density, Paris is four times, Tokyo is 10 or 11 times.”

Urban planning expert Dr Shane Geha.
Urban planning expert Dr Shane Geha.

Bigger, denser cities have more effective public transportation, the scale needed for “24/7 services” and also have safer streets, he argues, because density means there are “eyes and ears” everywhere.’

CAAN: Search for reports that counter this argument; that in fact smaller cities are more efficient!

Sydney is surrounded by ocean and/or mountains; expansion is limited.

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WESTERN SYDNEY Bakes Under CONCRETE

AND add to The Mix … an INCINERATOR!

The Truth about Incineration and Zero Waste solutions!

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CAAN has highlighted what the People of Western Sydney are currently enduring let alone what the ‘Family of the Concrete Kings’, the GSC, NSW Planning, UrbanTaskforce, Property Council of Australia and their annointed one have in store!

Migrant-stuffed Western Sydney bakes under concrete

By Leith van Onselen in Australian EconomyImmigration

March 13, 2020

CoreLogic has released research showing that Sydney’s fast growing west is becoming increasingly hot, while the wealthy inner-east is enjoying stable temperatures:

Western Sydney is undergoing unprecedented development and transformation, reflecting the vast size and population growth of the region.

However, Western Sydney is also getting hotter.

*Data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology shows the mean of maximum daily temperatures each month is rising.

The dataset below shows this across summer months from data collected at the Penrith Lakes weather station.

Of the 24 years covered in this back series, a majority of temperatures at the 95th percentile or higher are concentrated in the past 6 years.

Climate projections reported by the Australia institute projected that by 2030, Penrith could see 22 days of the year where temperatures surpass 35˚C.

Meanwhile, the eastern suburbs of Sydney are expected to remain relatively cool, with just 7 of these days projected in Coogee.

*Reducing thermal discomfort is an increasing focus for urban planners. Water technologies, tree canopy and the use of cool materials are demonstrably effective.

*But some of these heat management methods don’t mix well with the development in Western Sydney.

*The construction of the Western Sydney airport for example, will require some level of mitigation for bird and bat strike, including limiting the amount of trees within a certain radius of the airport.

These complexities increase the challenge that rising temperatures place on the ambitious developments for Western Sydney.

Part of the problem is that Western Sydney’s extreme population growth and development is causing a loss of green space, thus exacerbating the urban heat island effect. As reported in The ABC:

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PHOTO: Sophie Coombs says finding shade while playing with son Asher is difficult in Penrith. (ABC News: Liv Casben)

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) records show annual mean maximum temperatures in the western Sydney suburb have increased by approximately 1.1 degrees Celsius since 1980.

“In summer you can’t leave the house until about 5:00pm,” [mother Sophie Combs] said…

The 47-year-old said finding shade while playing outdoors with her young son, Asher, was getting harder.

“It’s just getting overdeveloped, so there’s less trees than there were,” she said…

A lack of new trees, along with the removal of established trees, has angered western Sydney residents.

Lisa Harrold, who has lived in the area for four decades, said the heat had become unbearable.

“Some days you literally cannot go outside,” she said.

“We find with the increased density of houses [and] road systems, it doesn’t cool down overnight”…

“They’re removing trees faster than they can potentially ever replace them and to exacerbate that issue, the green spaces are disappearing too under a mountain of concrete,” she said…

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PHOTO: Western Sydney residents Lisa Harrold and Scott Bailey want mature trees to stay. (ABC News: Liv Casben)

Climate researchers noted similar:

Last weekend was no exception with temperatures in Penrith, in the city’s west, peaking at 47.3C while the area by the Harbour Bridge topped out more than five degrees cooler.

But far from this being simply a natural quirk of geography, human interference has actually exacerbated the boiling temperatures in our inland suburbs, experts say, by creating a “heat dome” blocking cooler air.

And often, it’s less affluent areas that feel the worst of the heat while richer enclaves enjoy an altogether more comfortable day…

*“There’s much more solar radiation absorbing materials in built-up areas, such as black asphalt and concrete, lots of anthropogenic heat from cars, airconditioning and industry and less greenery and water, and this increases the temperature and has a serious impact on energy consumption, productivity, health and morbidity,” [Mattheos Santamouris, a professor of high performance architecture at UNSW] said…

*“Especially in western Sydney, we were able to make the close association that high-density housing developments had cleared land and lacked tree cover, and dark roads were corridors where heat just couldn’t escape,” [Dr Brent Jacobs, research director at the Institute of Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney] said.

A study by the University of Western Australia and RMIT found areas in Sydney’s west have a significantly stronger urban heat island effect than in more affluent eastern areas of the city.

A study by the University of Western Australia and RMIT found areas in Sydney’s west have a significantly stronger urban heat island effect than in more affluent eastern areas of the city.Source:Supplied

According to the ABS’ projections, Sydney’s population is projected to nearly double to almost 10 million people over the next half century, with most of this growth occurring in Sydney’s West:

In addition to crush-loading infrastructure and services, the population flood is projected to see Sydney transform into a high-rise city, with the Urban Taskforce projecting that only one quarter of dwellings will be detached houses in 2057, down significantly from 55% currently:

This transformation will obviously also see reduced access to green space, according to Infrastructure Australia’s modelling (see last row below):

Not to worry. The head of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC), Lucy Turnbull, sees an “exciting” future for Western Sydney as it is crush-loaded with another 1.2 million people:

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GSC’s chief commissioner Lucy Turnbull… said places such as Parramatta and Bankstown represented the “future of Sydney and Australia” with a youthful and diverse population making them “exciting” corners of the wider city…. “1.2 million people in western Sydney in the next 20 years is a reasonable forecast”

*In reality, the GSC is running a form of economic apartheid whereby Western Sydney shoulders the lion’s share of immigration and population growth to provide cheap foreign labour and inflated demand to the wealthy barons in the East.

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This model enables the Elites in the East to profit from the rentier services of over-priced ghetto apartments and postage stamp houses, inflated land banks, as well as higher volumes of mortgages and retail sales, while not having to share in the downsides of congestion and eroded amenity.

For the ordinary folk in Sydney’s West, the urban infill utopia of jamming millions more people into the existing urban footprint necessarily means chewing-up green space as backyards, trees and open space are removed to make way for high density living. And this will necessarily exacerbate the ‘heat island’ effect afflicting West, in turn eroding living standards and raising energy use (think air conditioners).

Leith Van OnselenLeith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/03/migrant-stuffed-western-sydney-bakes-under-concrete/

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How those Arriving By Plane can scam Australia’s visa system

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AND this is why our Cities are bursting!

Related Article:

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KEY POINTS on rorting Australia’s Visa System and now the CoronaVirus is here to boot! It would seem a better move would have been to stop the air traffic back when Australia was notified … and not now that we have confirmed locally transmitted cases …

asylum seekers who arrive by plane have access to a review by the AAT

-those who arrived by boat without authorisation can only access a form of review before the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA)

-non-genuine plane arrivals have a strong incentive knowing they can gain a bridging visa and extend their stays in Australia for years while they await review, thereby allowing them to work

-rorting by non-genuine plane arrivals helps to explain the obscene blow-out in temporary bridging visas

migration and refugee cases ballooned by more than 250% between 2016 and 2019 at the AAT

-the influx of non-genuine asylum claims is costing Australian taxpayers; each migrant and refugee case reviewed by the AAT costing between $2137 amd $3036 to review

Malaysians and Chinese have automated access to Australia through online travel visas

Daniel Ghezelbash, Associate Professor at Macquarie University, has published research explaining how purported asylum seekers arriving in Australia via plane are using our over-loaded immigration appeals processes to extend their stays and/or attempt to gain permanent residency’

-data from a FOI request covered 18,196 cases of asylum seekers who arrived by plane between Jan 2015 – Dec 2019 with access to a review by the AAT

-contrast that with refugees and asylum seekers applying for protection visas; a lengthy arduous process before the Immigration Assessment Authority

-only 4% of unrepresented applicants were successful at the AAT

-28% successful at the AAT when the asylum seeker had legal representation

HOW is it fair that asylum seekers arriving by boat have so few options?

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PHOTO: Peter Dutton has been accused of allowing people smugglers to “run riot”. (ABC News: Jed Cooper)

As noted by former High Court justice, Ian Callinan:

[Ian Callinan] said “almost everyone” with migration law experience had told him there were applicants and representatives who “game the system, well knowing there is an automatic entitlement to a bridging visa”…

Former High Court justice Ian Callinan.

Former High Court justice Ian Callinan.

‘The situation has been made worse by online travel visas available to Malaysians and Chinese, which give automated access to Australia. These two nations are helping to drive the strong growth in spurious claims for asylum:

Senator Kristina Keneally blasted Peter Dutton for allowing record numbers of asylum seekers to arrive by plane. AAP/James Ross

VIEW the full Report from Leith Van Onselen: ‘How plane arrivals rort Australia’s visa system’

https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/03/how-plane-arrivals-rort-australias-visa-system/

Thousands of International Students Rort VISA System

Rejected international students are spending up to five years appealing Department of Home Affairs decisions that say they must leave.

Rejected international students are spending up to five years appealing Department of Home Affairs decisions that say they must leave.

Related Article: Online Travel Visas drive Boom in Bogus Asylum Seekers

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2020/03/09/online-travel-visas-drive-boom-in-bogus-asylum-seekers/?fbclid=IwAR1pX1kLNCC8F15ewMvFk5hrLf6fdlokhs_cFDsED3U9KaGE_VVHurvthfE

Thousands of international students rort visa system

Leith van Onselen

By Leith van Onselen in International Students

March 10, 2020 | 16 comments

A Herald-Sun investigation has revealed that thousands of international students are abusing the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to extend their stays in Australia for years on end:

A Sunday Herald Sun investigation into student visas has discovered a system in crisis, with rejected international students spending up to five years appealing Department of Home Affairs decisions that they must leave.

While they wait for their appeals to be heard the rejected students are spending years on bridging visas, giving them unlimited work rights. Some of the most blatant rorts include:

— A Filipino woman who arrived in Australia in 2006 as a student and is fighting a decision to cancel her visa;

— An Indian student won three bridging visas despite no evidence of enrolments since 2017;

— A Nepalese man enrolled in five courses over 11 years before he was ­finally told to leave;

— A Chinese man still appealing a 2017 decision to revoke a visa he got using a fake degree…

There are now more than 10,000 students waiting for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to review their cases, with the backlog blowing out migration hearing times to an average of 77 weeks.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said the government had “already taken action to help address the workload of the Migration and Refugee Division of the AAT, by appointing 33 additional members”.

Another 11,000 migration matters — many of which are student visa appeals — are now clogging the Federal Circuit Court, blowing out average trial times to 18 months…

The most visible representation of these type of shenanigans is the blow-out in temporary bridging visas, which are typically granted to migrants awaiting decisions on applications for permanent residency.

As shown in the next chart, the number of temporary bridging on issue has more than doubled under the Coalition Government’s watch, to 230,000 as at September 2019:

An entire industry has developed to ‘game’ Australia’s visa system.

When temporary visa holders does not wish to go home they can contact the immigration industry and set in motion the never ending AAT process, thus allowing them to extend their stays in Australia for work or in a bid to gain permanent residency.

As a result, there is now a massive backlog at both the AAT and federal court, which have been swamped with dodgy claims for residency.

As noted last year by former High Court justice, Ian Callinan:

[Ian Callinan] said “almost everyone” with migration law experience had told him there were applic­ants and representatives who “game the system, well knowing there is an automatic entitlement to a bridging visa”…

The solution to stop the rorting of Australia’s visa system requires tightening the AAT process by closing avenues of appeal to foreigners rejected a visa by the Department of Home Affairs.

Given each migrant case reviewed by the AAT costs between $2137 and $3036 to review, there is also a Budget imperative in shutting the visa rorting down.

Leith Van OnselenLeith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.

There are now more than 10,000 students waiting for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to review their cases.

There are now more than 10,000 students waiting for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to review their cases.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/03/thousands-of-international-students-rort-visa-system/

Online travel visas drive boom in bogus asylum seekers

Kristina Keneally

KEY POINTS since the SCOMO GOVERNMENT allowed the online lodgement of tourist visas for Chinese nationals

This perhaps explains why there are so many Chinese nationals on the bus or the train you catch … apart from the Real Estate Tours , student and work Visas

from March 2017 to February 2018, 7,304 Chinese nationals on tourist visas made claims for asylum

.compared to just 1,060 in the 12 months prior. *

from February 2017 to September 2019, the total number of Chinese nationals to have claimed asylum is 13,462

a work scam; with increased number of people on bridging visas for an extended stay in Australia to access the labour market…

costing Australian taxpayers; each migrant and refugee case reviewed by the AAT costs between $2137 and $3036 to review

aided and abetted by online travel visas for automated access to Australia: bogus asylum seeker claims from Malaysia and China

Online travel visas drive boom in bogus asylum seekers

Leith van Onselen

By Leith van Onselen in Australian EconomyImmigration

March 6, 2020 | 12 comments

Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally, has once again taken aim at the blow-out in migrants arriving on online tourist visas whom are subsequently attempting to claim asylum:

In a speech to the Law Council of Australia’s immigration law conference on Friday, Keneally will release new figures showing that since the government allowed the online lodgement of tourist visas for Chinese nationals, there has been an almost 700% increase in the number of people arriving by air from China and claiming asylum. *

In the 12 months after online lodgement was introduced, from March 2017 to February 2018, 7,304 Chinese nationals on tourist visas made claims for asylum compared to just 1,060 in the 12 months prior. *

From February 2017 to September 2019, the total number of Chinese nationals to have claimed asylum is 13,462.

Keneally said the surge was contributing to the system being overloaded by often spurious claims, with about 90% of the 100,000 airplane arrivals who have claimed asylum in the past five years found to be unmeritorious.

“This is not an issue of a person’s nationality – it is about the integrity of our migration system – and an insight into how backlogs have grown so quickly,” according to a draft copy of Keneally’s speech…

Keneally also warned that with an increased number of people on bridging visas, the backlog leads to a growing “honeypot” for people smugglers who facilitate travel to Australia for the specific purpose of having an extended stay in our country, often to access the labour market…

“Plain and simple – this is a work scam.”

The “gaming” of Australia’s visa system is perhaps best illustrated by the blowout in temporary bridging visas, which are typically given to migrants awaiting decisions on applications for permanent residency, and are considered a broad indicator of the robustness and efficiency of the visa system.

As shown in the next chart, the number of bridging visas on issue have more than doubled under the Coalition’s term in government, to 230,000 as at September 2019:

This boom in dodgy asylum seeker claims has caused a massive backlog at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT):

The Morrison government says the increase in working holiday makers will support regional economies.

Photo: SBS News; Migration tribunal predicts appeals backlog to surpass 60,000 after surge in visa rejections

As noted by former High Court justice, Ian Callinan:

[Ian Callinan] said “almost everyone” with migration law experience had told him there were applic­ants and representatives who “game the system, well knowing there is an automatic entitlement to a bridging visa”…

Meanwhile, this fake refugee influx is costing Australian taxpayers dearly, given each migrant and refugee case reviewed by the AAT costs between $2137 and $3036 to review.

The reality is that an entire industry exists to game Australia’s immigration system. *

When visa holders do not want to go home they contact the immigration industry and this sets in motion the never ending AAT process, thereby allowing visitors to extend their stays in Australia and enabling them to work.

This gaming is obviously being aided and abetted by online travel visas, which give automated access to Australia and are behind thexplosion of bogus asylum seeker claims from Malaysia and China:

A large number of Malaysians and Chinese are travelling to Australia on online tourist visas for the express purpose of gaining permanent residency or to work, knowing that as soon as they land by plane they can apply for asylum and gain a bridging visa.

It is time to shut the rort pathway down by abolishing online visas for these nations alongside tightening the AAT process via shutting down avenues of appeal to foreigners that have been refused a visa.

Leith Van Onselen Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/03/online-travel-visas-drive-boom-in-bogus-asylum-seekers/

NorthWestern Sydney more cases of COVID 19

NORTH WESTERN SYDNEY suburbs of Epping, Macquarie Park, Ryde currently appear to be the epicentre of the CoronaVirus … with its high population growth, high-rise high density living, thousands of international student numbers it cannot come as a surprise … surely …

Aged care residents would be vulnerable with their care largely coming from a large workforce of foreign Visa workers flying in, and being more susceptible due to their age … and infants attending childcare are known as ‘spreaders’ of many infections!

Then we have the ‘Shocking Centres’ of Macquarie Park and Top Ryde, that have become community destination centres for new ‘Permanent Residents’ … to gather … to spend the day!

Macquarie Shopping Centre is opposite Macquarie University which has a very large number of international students especially from China. More high-rise precincts are underway including that of Harry Triguboff’s ‘Destination’ with the convenience of Meriton’s serviced apartments also in Talavera Road.

Already Macquarie Park is heavily populated with new residents in Herring Road, Waterloo Road, and soon Talavera Road … Top Ryde with its residential apartments … Meadowbank … and across the Parramatta River at Rhodes and Wentworth Point …

And nearby Epping, Eastwood, Chatswood, Carlingford … along the North Shore with Turramurra, Lindfield, Roseville …

Epping Boys High has been a lure for many Chinese visa holders and migrants for their children, so it would seem it was only a matter of time before the CoronaVirus hit!

Not unlike Xi Jinping’s model of driving his people out of their rural villages for urbanisation … the Australian developer lobby have lured predominantly Chinese people to buy our real estate … with millions of ‘new residents’ …

Has HT’s claim of ‘I will bring in more migrants’ in fact made Australia more vulnerable?

And the Howard Government introduced Visa workers in the late 1990s so that now we have some 1.6 Million Visa workers in Australia … many working in cafes, nursing homes, childcare, hospitals, retail ….

All flying in, and it would seem this has increased the possibility of Australians contracting this illness … has the Property Sector something to answer for? With the increased likelihood of innocent Australians succumbing to this Pandemic?

HOSPITAL HAZARD

In Sydney, dozens of staff at Ryde Hospital were put in self-isolation and 56 patients were identified as close or casual contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

At Liverpool Hospital, in the Sydney’s west, 23 staff and five patients have been identified as potential close contacts of a confirmed case.

A health worker at Canterbury Hospital has been diagnosed with the virus after returning from Iran.

The diagnoses suggest Sydney’s coronavirus epicentre is in the city’s north-west.

Read more:

UPDATEThe number of Cases in NSW is now 28

Two more staff from an aged care facility in northern Sydney have been diagnosed with COVID-19, as the number of cases in NSW rises to 28.

A 24-year-old female worker and a 21-year-old male staff member from the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park have been diagnosed with the virus.

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/national/coronavirus-updates-live-sydney-school-closed-un-tells-world-to-pull-out-all-stops-20200306-p547e5.html

UPDATES FROM THE DAILY TELEGRAPH ON THE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE NORTHERN DISTRICTS

Six more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed across Sydney on Wednesday night – including an elderly woman who died on Tuesday and a second Sydney hospital doctor – bringing the number of positive infections across NSW to 22. http://bit.ly/2TE6Mxc #coronavirusaustralia #COVID19

CHILDREN VISITED AGED CARE HOME

Children will be banned from visiting aged care facilities in the wake of three elderly residents and a worker from Dorothy Henderson Lodge at Macquarie Park being diagnosed with coronavirus.

It also comes after about 17 children from Banksia Childcare Centre visited the facility, which is now in lockdown, on February 24.

AGED CARE FACILITY IN LOCKDOWN

It was also revealed that the 70-year-old man from the aged care facility diagnosed with COVID-19 was not in the same area of the lodge as the other two infectees.

Mr Hazzard said it was “challenging” for NSW Health to understand that the man “appears to have no contact with the nursing staff in the lodge”.

… a 95-year-old woman at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park, Sydney, was confirmed to have died from the virus.

“There are now four people who have been diagnosed from that home, the aged care worker, the 95-year-old woman who has passed away and two other residents who are in hospital,” Mr Hunt said.

Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park, part of the Baptist Care Aged Care facility, is in lockdown after several diagnosis. Picture: Toby Zerna

Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park, part of the Baptist Care Aged Care facility, is in lockdown after several diagnosis. Picture: Toby Zerna

Residents in Dorothy Henderson Lodge are eating meals inside their rooms as the facility goes into lockdown.

Residents in Dorothy Henderson Lodge are eating meals inside their rooms as the facility goes into lockdown.

Sydney law firm Clayton Utz evacuated over virus fears

Employees at a Sydney law firm have been evacuated after being told a staffer in the building was linked to a fatal case of coronavirus. It comes as authorities search for 10 medical workers potentially exposed to infected doctors at a medical conference.

Read more: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/coronavirus-australia-number-of-confirmed-infections-across-sydney-and-nsw-grows/news-story/e346f070f09d7a88bb023ee811307ace?utm_source=DailyTelegraph&utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_medium=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3ArvPxO__99fymSQ_ZLFRh-73QTIim_6aHbiFUjFAMeOxYn5Ong9qHShs

First northern beaches coronavirus case confirmed, woman in her 30s

A northern beaches woman in her 30s is one of six new confirmed cases of the coronavirus overnight.

Government bodies have suggested that you need to wash your hands for 20 seconds to prevent the spread of coronavirus. View Video.

Here’s what you should do if you think you may be infected.

NSW Health confirmed the woman was one of six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Sydney, bringing the total in NSW since the outbreak to 22.

For more details on what to do go to health.nsw.gov.au. 

Read more: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/manly-daily/first-northern-beaches-coronavirus-case-confirmed-woman-in-her-30s/news-story/6b9a2c35545d20e5f5a8469f479c426b?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=DailyTelegraph&fbclid=IwAR0brVUlG5dxi7eLDbegeyNTn2AogwBXR5VuFB523abvCo3zJDBi85Pgl2o

Employees unable to take sick leave may downplay Coronavirus symptoms to keep working

WILL I GET SICK PAY IF I GET CORONAVIRUS?

As the government forces people to self-isolate as a result of Coronavirus some of Australia employees won’t be able to afford to miss work.

People arriving and wearing mask at the airport. International Airport, Brisbane, 4th of March 2020. Picture: AAP Image/Attila Csaszar

People arriving and wearing mask at the airport. International Airport, Brisbane, 4th of March 2020. Picture: AAP Image/Attila Csaszar

Read more: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/business/work/employees-unable-to-take-sick-leave-may-downplay-coronavirus-symptoms-to-keep-working/news-story/1d9dfb26287bd6b4a8b6783b6f92533d?utm_source=DailyTelegraph&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_medium=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0zBAjbM7Jlbqo1tEQ04uAwZwlzXJsv5OTS1EpXcxnfdjyJxIiZ67RDGEA

Children tested for coronavirus after exposure concerns at childcare centre

Seventeen children from a Sydney childcare centre have been tested for coronavirus visiting an aged care home where there was a breakout.

Childcare Centre closed over virus fears …

A childcare centre has been closed in Sydney’s northern suburbs over fears people working at the centre have been infected with coronavirus.

Banksia Cottage has been closed down over fears staff have contracted coronavirus.

Banksia Cottage has been closed down over fears staff have contracted coronavirus.

BaptistCare Macquarie Park where cases of the coronavirus have been detected. Picture: John Appleyard

BaptistCare Macquarie Park where cases of the coronavirus have been detected. Picture: John Appleyard

Read more: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/health/childcare-centre-closed-over-fears-staff-contracted-coronavirus/news-story/512523d5f13a27786a727bd4913c838b?utm_medium=Facebook&utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_source=DailyTelegraph&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&fbclid=IwAR1vhGjbv_yd3W9qagHRwjyTDtP_GUMC9JqqomkgtmjMSj5E1yVu5FmQqBQ

Dorothy Henderson Lodge at Macquarie Park: Life inside aged-care home after lockdown

The son of a resident inside a coronavirus-affected aged care centre has spoken of his worry for his elderly mother who remains in isolation at the Sydney centre.

A worker outside the Dorothy Henderson Lodge at Macquarie Park. Picture: John Grainger

A worker outside the Dorothy Henderson Lodge at Macquarie Park. Picture: John Grainger

A masked courier leaves the Baptist Care Macquarie Park complex. Picture: John Appleyard

A masked courier leaves the Baptist Care Macquarie Park complex. Picture: John Appleyard

Staff inside the Dorothy Henderson Lodge at Macquarie Park where the COVID-19 virus has been found. Picture: John Grainger

Staff inside the Dorothy Henderson Lodge at Macquarie Park where the COVID-19 virus has been found. Picture: John Grainger

Read more: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/northern-district-times/family-of-agedcare-patients-in-coronavirus-lockdown-at-macquarie-park-speak-of-conditions-inside/news-story/202b6bf190cf2db47bbdf0be76035874?utm_source=DailyTelegraph&utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&fbclid=IwAR22KklBIXYfbK1xos9aR6-yYRbELBstfSreWnMY8r4yOST6wct2kg2lBIU

Live coronavirus coverage: Sixth case diagnosed at Sydney nursing home

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned the state has not seen the worst of the impacts of coronavirus yet. It comes after a sixth person contracted COVID-19 at a Sydney nursing home  in lockdown, bringing the state’s total infections to 26. 

The mother of the student diagnosed with coronavirus, forcing the closure of a Sydney school today, works at Ryde Hospital where a doctor also contracted the deadly disease. …

Parents have welcomed the closure of Epping Boys High School on Friday after health authorities shut the school as a precaution following news a Year 11 student had contracted the disease.

The school is working closely with health authorities and has contacted parents saying staff and students would be informed if they can resume school as normal on Monday or if a further quarantine period will be required. …

Premier Berejiklian said the decision to close Epping Boys High school was precautionary, to allay concerns of affected parents and students.

Read more: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/epping-boys-high-school-shuts-down-after-student-diagnosed-covid19/live-coverage/61c9e5b5ad22ddf5d38c5029cc9d2b87?utm_medium=Facebook&utm_source=DailyTelegraph&utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&fbclid=IwAR3io3mRgw2ad9jlc6zf1nBTjtHeBwtZQDKKjxcCPmrAxLgLe1MvIyo-hRE