A frequent lament of anti-immigration lobbyists, to be sure, and it was also a very common refrain where I grew up in Yorkshire, in direct reaction to high rates of West Indian and then Pakistani immigration (migration is still a hot topic in Europe today).
But is it actually true in Australia's case?
Real world experience
Summarily, when the economy was firing, there was a high rate of recruitment on 457 visas. Conversely when the economy took a turn for the worse, those employed under 457 visa arrangements were the first to be coaxed towards the exit.
The Roy Hill project, where a small number foreign workers were approved to work in remote Western Australia, is seemingly forever to be cited as "evidence" of systemic failure, and whether we are training enough people locally to fill future skill requirements at an acceptably high level is an important argument for another day.
Instead businesses look to promote local talent first, because it is much more straightforward and considerably cheaper for them to do so.
And indeed, immigration rates have slowed in sympathy with the sluggish economy over the past couple of years, which is exactly what should have happened.
The latest DIBP forecasts project a steady increase in forecast net immigration on 457 visas through to the end of the decade, but the growth will be comfortably overshadowed by the driver of the next demographic boom - international students - by a factor of four.
A huge week ahead, with capex, wages price index, detailed labour force, and construction work done data to look forward to!
Expecting to see wage price growth at around +2.3 per cent for the year, and another significant quarterly decline in capital expenditure.
Perhaps of most interest will be the result of surveys for expected capital expenditure for 2015/16 (Estimate 5; expecting to see $120 billion) and the first estimate for 2016/7 (Estimate 1; probably under $90 billion).
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