The government’s attack on Australia’s temporary skilled immigration program this week risks undermining confidence in one of the tenets of Australia’s prosperity. Its claims that skilled temporary immigrants are elbowing Australians out of jobs and dragging down local wages and rest on primitive economic fallacies and display blithe disregard for the facts.
Far from “taking our jobs”, new workers add both to the productive capacity of an economy and to its demand for goods and services too, ensuring no net loss of economic opportunities for existing residents. Once foreign workers arrive, they need haircuts, clothes, and food, spurring demand for workers in other parts of the economy.
And free market absorbs new workers quickly, as the sudden return of millions of troops en masse to Western economies after the Second World War without so much as a hiccough in national unemployment rates clearly demonstrated.
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I saw something a couple of days ago that made me want to throw a brick through the TV.
I’m not normally a violent person, but A Current Affair’s “special investigation” on the “Asianisation” of our shopping centres wasn’t just dumb, it was dangerous.
If you were lucky enough to miss the program, you missed reporter Ben McCormack’s “exclusive” story on the “Great mall of China” in Sydney’s Castle Hill.
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Hansonism’s back – and we’re not just talking about Pauline appearing as a sometime wannabe journo for Today Tonight. Her ideas are still spreading like the clap.
I and most Australians want our immigration policy radically reviewed and that of multiculturalism abolished. I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. They have their own culture and religion, form ghettos and do not assimilate. Of course, I will be called racist but, if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country.
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The Labor Party never stop spinning. The Greens and the Nationals candidates stormed past Pauline Hanson on Tuesday to fill the last two seats in the NSW upper house. But Labor is now trying to take credit for stopping Pauline Hanson spreading her divisive politics for the next eight years.
The major stars of the ‘stop Pauline Hanson show’ were the large number of Greens voters. A record 453,125 people voted Greens in NSW on March 26. That’s four and a half times as many people as the 98,043 who voted for Pauline Hanson.
The Greens did gain an extra 3,738 votes from Labor preferences.
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Yesterday, Pauline Hanson’s umpteenth attempt to climb out of the political grave ended in failure. But only just.
If NSW Labor had not extended Legislative Council preferences to the Greens Party, Hanson would be sitting on red leather for all of the next eight years, availing herself of parliamentary privilege to once again inject her poison into the Australian body politic.
The fact is, Labor preferences elected a Greens Party candidate over the top of Pauline Hanson.
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Pauline Hanson today again pleaded: “They’re picking on me.”
She lost her bid for an eight-year sinecure in the NSW Upper House, the plushest retirement home in Australian politics, and has to blame someone.
The fact that the Labor Party, the Liberals, the Nationals, the Greens, Christian Democrats, Shooters and Fishers didn’t run dead for her was a sign of conspiracy.
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The Greens are taking The Punch to the Press Council over my column of last Friday accusing them of pushing Pauline Hanson ahead of the ALP by refusing a preference swap with Labor at last weekend’s NSW election.
If the Press Council rules against us we will happily publish its ruling on the site, as we have done in the past.
Advertiser political editor Mark Kenny used the same terminology as I did on Saturday to describe the Greens’ position, but re-worded it after the party complained to avoid an ongoing stoush. I’m happy to let the stoush continue.
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The NSW election was limping along with numbing predictability, like a circus missing one of its three rings, when the most persistent name in politics emerged to make the spectacle complete.
Pauline Hanson has decided not to emigrate to Britain as she declared last year, to not abandon bids for election as she had vowed several times.
She has decided instead to ignore her total absence from political debate in NSW and run with a bunch of buddies for the State Upper House.
Pauline is back, and finally that missing clown ring has been restored to the campaign circus.
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You can’t blame Pauline Hanson for stipulating that her Brisbane home not be sold to a Muslim. Just imagine what they would get up to in there. All those lovely Heuga carpet squares covered with prayer mats, the fridge stripped of ham steaks and pineapple rings to make way for so-called “halal” tucker, the Hills Hoist replaced with a minaret, the Commodore with a WRX.
The concrete Aborigine, gone. And possibly even the installation of a complex network of underground caves from which Jihad – or “holy war” - can be launched on the people of Coleyville in the first step towards establishing an Islamic caliphate running from Caloundra to Surfers Paradise.
Hanson’s latest spray is consistent with her past efforts in that it is both unworkable and irrational.
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On the map below are some of your suggestions for an alternative new home for Pauline Hanson following her decision to emigrate, following a call to complete this sentence: Pauline Hanson should move to (location) because (of this reason).
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Don’t let the door hit you on the arse on the way out, will be the sentiment from a lot people if Pauline Hanson keeps her promise and moves to the UK for good.
Ms Hanson has told Woman’s Day that Australia is no longer the land of opportunity and she’s looking for a peaceful, less notorious existence.
But we’d all do well not to forget about the former fish and chip shop owner-turned politician. For the past decade and a half Hanson has served as a powerful warning to politicians and the media of the dangers of forgetting to ask people what they think.
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Type the words “Steve Fielding” and “idiot” into Google and you get 14,300 hits. Many of these entries came in the past few days, most of them on blog sites, many of which have one author and as many readers, as the nation’s smarty-pants pundits seized on Fielding’s “fiskal” fiasco as proof that the guy is as dumb as a box of rocks.
Now I’m not going to pretend that my reaction upon seeing the footage of his doorstop spelling bee wasn’t one of unbridled hilarity. I almost spat my coffee out.
And when I’d regained my composure, I called my workmates over to ask if they too had seen the Family First Senator blundering his way through a doorstop where, after referring three times to “physical” policy instead of “fiscal”, he insisted he knew what he was talking about by offering to spell the word.
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