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Unions and industry groups react to proposed price on immigration

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HC Online | 04 May 2015, 09:10 AM Agree 0
Unions and industry groups have reacted to the Productivity Commission’s radical proposal to change the criteria for new entrants to Australia, with some voicing concern that migrants will fail to fill skills shortages.
  • Jenny | 06 May 2015, 12:08 PM Agree 0
    In of itself this idea sounds like a recipe for an elitist society where only the wealthy can enter. That goes against the principals of a 'fair go' that many Australians still believe in and makes us an attractive place to live. What kind of society do we end up with if people have made a one-off payment to get in, but can't or won't contribute to the future development of the country? A welfare dependent society, thats what. That perpetuates the trouble the trouble we're in already .

    Australia is a young country with an aging workforce. The skills shortage is getting worse each year. Skill based migration helps to bridge that gap and creates more workers contributing to the tax base = WIN/WIN.

    The only group a 'price on immigration' could possibly be fairly applied to are those who do not intend to work here ie. retirees. They should have to prove they can support themselves in retirement (based on their age & life expectancy), including paying for their own health care. They should have no access to welfare payments but be able to access all forms of senior/pensioner discounts.

    Finally, has anyone given any thought to what some people may do in order to raise the money to get here? The type of behaviours this may drive in desperate people(?) ......crime, selling organs, corruption etc
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