POST 107: THE MORRISON GOVERNMENT ARE RUNNING OUT OF EXCUSES FOR THEIR HUGE IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

The Morrison government’s arguments to sustain their turbo charged migration intake post Covid 19, continues to crumble.

There is a great opportunity for the PM to herald in a new visionary chapter in Australia’s immigration policy.

What proof do the Federal government require that the closure of Australia’s international border has been a fantastic gain for Australia’s youth (15-24 age group).

The terrific outcomes of restricted immigration are highlighted in Chart 1 below (seasonally adjusted).

Bjorn Jarvis, head of labour statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, said “The youth unemployment rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points to 10.2 per cent, which was 1.4 percentage points below the rate at the start of the pandemic. The last time Australia saw a youth unemployment rate of 10.2 per cent was in January 2009.”    

This is an Australia first employment policy in action, forced on the Government as a result of the pandemic. But it is working very well for Australian workers and indeed the national economy is rebounding.

It merits consideration as official Government employment policy, post Covid 19. And therefore, requires a fresh look at Australia’s immigration policy and migration intake.

The experience of the past 12 months indicates that restricted immigration will continue to drive down youth unemployment levels to pre-hyper immigration rates. Before the onset of Australia’s rapid migration intake, youth unemployment levels were around 7.6% in 2008.

But by the end of 2009, net overseas migration had accelerated to a massive 315,000 immigrants and along with that a big jump in youth unemployment to over 12%.

What is the Prime Minister waiting on?

What proof do the Federal government require that the closure of Australia’s international border has been a fantastic gain for Australia’s youth (15-24 age group).

The Wuhan coronavirus caused an unemployment and economic disaster. The consequence was youth unemployment shot up to 16.5 % in July 2020. But by June 2021 the rate had dropped to 10.20%.

This is a remarkable achievement. It flys in the face of the naysayers who constantly demean Australians, labelling them as ‘job snobs’.

It is becoming clear that an economic solution towards enabling low unemployment. Can be achieved through culling Australia’s temporary migration program and the oversupply of low skilled migrants.

Throughout the Covid 19 pandemic, Australian youth have proved time and again, that they are willing take up a multitude of jobs.

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