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Immigration: first define “skilled” migrant


first define “skilled” migrant

If you want to clarify the word “skilled” go the the consumer protection web and see the warnings about dodgy tradesmen—they are all “skilled”, Australian certified skilled. Consumers ripped off, leaking roof repairs, shoddy driveway repairs, cars not repaired correctly, and so on. In my town a new medical centre, $5 million, built by ‘fly in asian labour’. It had to be partially rebuilt a year later. Ratepayers footed the bill. Quite a skill—not! Some skilled labour in government would be a good start.

Australia has been warned it faces a looming productivity crisis with increasing road congestion slowing freights in and out of the major capitals. A population policy that would ­include visa conditions on a specific number of new skilled ­migrants settling in cities other than Sydney or Melbourne is scheduled to be signed by cabinet as early as today.

Source: news Corp

Population policy to steer migrants toward regional centres

The Australian understands the policy, which will include ­incentives to locate in regional centres, will apply to “general” skilled migrants who are given permanent residency under the points system.

It is believed the major policy that builds on the government’s moves to reduce the annual skilled migration last year to 162,000 — down from 190,000 under the former Labor government — will go to cabinet within the next two weeks, and as early as tonight.

It comes as the government’s former Infrastructure Australia boss Phil Davies warned that the country faced a looming productivity crisis with increasing road congestion slowing freight in and out of the major capitals

Mr Davies, who will today be appointed the chairman of the Australian Logistics Council after stepping down from IA last month, said freight movements were forecast to double in the next two decades. “Congestion on our roads is ­already having a major impact on the ability of freight logistics operators to meet customer expect­ations around rapid delivery,” Mr Davies writes in The Australian today.

“Even with substantial investments now being made in key freight infrastructure including Inland Rail, Western Sydney Airport, Melbourne’s West Gate Tunnel, improvements to Queens­land’s North Coast Rail Line, Tasmania’s new Bridgewater Bridge, South Australia’s GlobeLink initiative, the NorthLink project in Western Australia and Darwin’s new Freight Hub, our freight transport infrastructure may struggle to meet such ­demand.”

The Australian last week ­revealed that almost 90 per cent of all new permanent arrivals to Australia were settling in Melbourne and Sydney. Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge said of the 112,000 skilled ­migrants who arrived in the past ­financial year, 87 per cent had settled in Sydney or Melbourne.

Mr Davies has been an outspoken critics of government infrastructure policy, saying that governments at all levels had failed to plan properly for population growth. He said it would require politically “contentious” decisions in building infrastructure to cope with the demand for freight ­movements.

“Last week, Australia’s population hit 25 million people — some two decades sooner than was anticipated by the first Intergenerational Report issued in 2002. In effect, we are adding a population equal to the size of Canberra every year, and the pace shows no sign of abating,” Mr Davies writes.

“The essential items which most Australians take for granted in everyday life — food and drink, fuel, household appliances, clothing, medications and home deliveries of items bought on the internet, to name just a few — are generally not grown or manufactured close to the cities where most of us live.

“These products must be transported from their point of origin to the retailers from which we purchase them, or otherwise delivered directly to our doorsteps from ports, freight depots or warehouses.

“In an era where consumers can buy a major household appliance with a few taps on their smartphone and expect it to be delivered the next day, this poses an enormous challenge for our freight networks.’’

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  • luk1955 13/08/2018, 6:20 am

    So in phasing out local production, which led to freight traffic being distributed over the whole country, we now have imports coming from ports located near major cities, and the freight having to be moved through the totality of the city in the 4 largest cities. Large major roads yet to be constructed. So who pays? We, the taxpayer. So much for cheaper products that need large major roads to be moved around.
    We were much better off with local production. Which used far less packaging materials now ending up in tips, all from overseas. I bet those “educated” economists didn’t see this part of the overseas production of our necessities.

    • Pensioner Pete 13/08/2018, 6:36 am

      luk: My understanding is, a Brick Wall is the favored solution, not only for politicians, but also for economists and town planners.

  • Pensioner Pete 13/08/2018, 6:34 am

    luk: My understanding is, a Brick Wall is the favored solution, not only for politicians, but also for economists and town planners.

    • Pensioner Pete 13/08/2018, 7:30 am

      Oooo, I wonder what happened? Not enough coffee perhaps?

    • DT 13/08/2018, 8:26 am

      Multiculturalism spill chick

  • DT 13/08/2018, 8:25 am

    Last night I was speaking to a builder aged just under 40 years who is working in Sydney. He told me that there is so much work that the shortage of trades people is driving up wages and prices. His business builds new homes out west and does repairs and renovations in the inner suburbs. The hourly rate paid to carpenters is more than double what is paid in coastal country areas of NSW.

    He has an apprentice who is a migrant from South America (not a refugee he emphasised) who is paying $16K a year to TAFE because he is not yet a citizen, so full cost no taxpayer subsidised. He also said that other trades such as plastering and concreting in Sydney is now mostly foreign workers.

    Sydney traffic is a nightmare, many inner western suburbs are dominated by migrants and apparently more than half of them don’t work. The NSW LNP Government since Premier O’Farrell led them into office after 16-years of Labor neglect is driving the largest infrastructure building programme of all time which is adding to the skills shortage.

    On the other hand amateur town planners such as Mrs Chairman are planning for a new high rise city and suburbs in the limited Sydney Basin area which is restricted by national parks north and south and the Great Dividing Range to the west. And the natural barriers.

    The only sensible way to cope with a larger than 25 million population is first and foremost, new dams, improved transport rail and roads and new infrastructure such as hospitals and schools to allow for growth of regional cities and towns as in a fast rail system between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

    By the way, the shortage of building trades skilled labour will get worse. And when the apprentice mentioned above was given a choice of trades when he applied migrate was building and diesel mechanic.

    The EV-Paris Agreement fools are living in remote La La Land.

  • ibbit 13/08/2018, 8:31 am

    As I said in a post a few days ago – how are we supposed to know anything with any sense of certainty when words no longer mean what we understand them to? This is a disaster with wide-ranging danger for the community. One hears of shoddy tradesmen and their shoddy, expensive to be fixed work and them getting of absolutely free while the consumer is left to pick up the bill.
    I had some of these charming people call at my house in order to tell me my tiled roof was dangerous and falling apart. My tiler had been in just a week before and inspected the roof, which was all OK. Now my roof maintenance man had been looking after our roof for over 25 years and was to be absolutely trusted. With this knowledge up my sleeve I questioned a little further, then asked to see some photos of their work. Out came a folder – would you believe of English houses with nice shiny roofs? When this was pointed out and I said I suspected he was trying to con me, he scarpered quick smart.
    How many fall for that sort of thing? How many shoddy buildings – commercial – go up because counsels and others with the responsibility to certify safe building work which complies with regulation do not, are probably full of dodgy people anyway.
    Australia is sunk and screaming to get rid of Turnbull falls on deaf ears because those elected to represent us, to serve us adequately and correctly, are more interested in serving themselves.
    We’ll be rolling out the red carpet for Shorten and labour shortly. At least the colour of the carpet will be correct if nothing else

  • Maryanne 13/08/2018, 8:33 am

    I once read that a formal education in economics is a “cretinizing process”. They certainly can’t see the wood for the trees. They – and politicians – boast about GDP as if it’s a measure of prosperity. It’s not. Road smashes, accidents and acrimonious divorces all boost GDP which is just a measure of economic activity.

  • Zoltan 13/08/2018, 9:01 am

    Whilst helping a friend with a visa application for his English wife I couldn’t help but notice that whenever we spoke with the visa people in Sydney we were always addressed by a person/persons with thick south Asian /sub continent accents leading me to wonder if THE desired skill in Australia is “Uber Driver” or immigration officer.

  • Albert 13/08/2018, 9:20 am

    I recently went to a welding shop to have a small job done and while waiting I noticed a “skilled” Asian man trying to drill a hole in a steel bracket on the side of a cattle truck. Instead of using a centre punch to put a small indentation in the steel for the drill to start he just pushed it harder against the face of the bracket. This resulted in the drill running out of control all over the place. His answer to this annoying problem was to push harder and in doing so smoke began coming from the drill tip and short order the drill tip was glowing red. The reason for that was way beyond the intelligence of this “skilled” tradesman but anyone with half a brain could see that the drill was running in reverse.

    • Joe Blogs 13/08/2018, 9:30 am

      Well, he is a bit backward …

      • Zoltan 13/08/2018, 9:39 am

        Perhaps he had centrepunched it and the drill running backwards repaired the dink

  • Joe Blogs 13/08/2018, 9:28 am

    It’s not just the quantity of skilled tradies that’s the problem: it’s their quality. Ask any half-decent builder about the general quality of subbies and they’ll roll their eyes and groan. Since the demise of the tried-and-true apprenticeship scheme and the advent of self-certification of work, many current tradies are just ill-bred bogans who can’t be trusted to do a reasonable job unless they’re constantly supervised.

    • Pensioner Pete 13/08/2018, 11:23 am

      JB: I completely agree with you.

  • Clarion Call 13/08/2018, 11:41 am

    Local acquaintance, a multi-skilled Aussie electrician/air-con/plumbing bloke has given up on employing young fellas to learn the trades and become future self-employed tradies. He bemoans the sorry attitude, the turn-up-when-I-feel-like-it mindset, the lazy incompetence, an unwillingness to study and learn….and a general countenance of ‘fire me and I’ll get my folks to sue’. He now works alone and it’s beginning to kill his health. Sad!

    • Zoltan 13/08/2018, 12:45 pm

      Based on that I’ve an electrician pal who will only employ married blokes with kids and a mortgage.
      Makes absolute sense to me

  • angry 13/08/2018, 3:00 pm


    F.CK OFF !@$@#$!!!

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