I had a piece published at Online Opinion today which deals with one more aspect relating to my recent visit to Nauru.
Two weeks ago I attended a hearing of the Parliament’s Migration Committee which heard clear evidence that Australian businesses in many areas are still finding it difficult to find available workers, for unskilled as well as skilled and semi-skilled work. This situation not only inhibits earnings for those businesses, it costs all Australians by keeping economic activity and earnings below capacity.
A week later, I was in Nauru looking over newly renovated facilities, funded by the Australian taxpayer, to house refugees recently removed from Australian territory by our government.
Many hundreds of refugees – most of them from Afghanistan and Iraq – were sent to Nauru by Australia in 2001, and after tens of millions dollars spent by the Australian government over four or five years trying to create the false impression these people were undesirables who should be kept out, they were acknowledged to be refugees and brought back to Australia.
Many of them immediately started working in jobs, such as in the meatworks and agricultural industries, in states all over Australia – the same type of jobs I keep being told we can’t find enough workers for.
You can read the rest of the article at Online Opinion by clicking here.