Lib’s student migration policy – early thoughts

Tony Abbott announced today that he’ll be cutting student migration.
He says: “What I don’t want us to be doing is selling immigration outcomes in the guise of education.” (via @annabelcrabb on Twitter).
We’ll be looking at this in more detail on Below the Line this week.

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Meanwhile, an interesting conversation we had with high-school teacher Mike Stuchbery on Twitter this afternoon:
synelection Is student migration really that bad? Productive, educated, committed Australians. #ausvotes
mikestuchbery @synelection All I know is that since they moved near me I have more great Indian supermarkets and restaurants than I know what to do with.
mikestuchbery @synelection …and politeness and courtesy? Up about 500 percent
synelection @mikestuchbery – Asian Pop Night is the highest rating show on our station, amazing kids. We’d love to keep them. #ausvotes
mikestuchbery @synelection I’m sure if you asked them nicely. Though, as a high school teacher, I know of about 500 worthy successors for the slot.
What do you reckon? Email us on [email protected] or comment here.

UPDATE: 12.49pm Saturday
Some more interesting reactions to the news:
Neil Perry – chef and owner of Rockpool
Coalition to cut immigration…great can’t get enough people to work now!! Guess I should think about closing restaurants not opening them!
Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Senator
Abbott’s attack on migration and family reunion has nothing to do with protecting people, it is all about protecting big business
Bernard Kean – journalist at Crikey
Coalition again talks about both permanent migration and net overseas migration as though they’re the same thing.
And some comments from randoms:
To draw an analogy from Toy Story 3, if we cut migration into Australia (Sunnyside), who will do all the shit jobs?


So…cut student visas, and make local students pay for education? Is this your endgame, Abbott?
Education of overseas students earned Australia MORE than coal exports last year. Nice work TAbbott – so little understanding

On the plus side, loving watching raw election pressers live, @abcnews24. It’s good to see journos ask tricky question
For those who don’t know, migration changes mid year left many postgrad int students future plans hinging on certain subjects being done.
If they failed no right to stay after graduation, if they passed they’re OK. Can you imagine the personal stress these young people r under?
All parties have failed on the question of international students and decency.

Migration or baby bonus: population growth only helps current problems but makes them exponentially worse for next generation…
More to follow on Below the Line this week.


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