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Australia plans to halve migrant intake, tighten student visa rules

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last year i went there for holiday, i thought i was in china..seriously

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Used to be an attractive place to move but not anymore... There are better options.

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Better than here?

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If going to Australia for a holiday then please be sure to take credit cards with high spending limits!

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Onigiri @ 2.06

So where exactly did you visit? Away from the city there are some fantastic places.

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Every work day I teach at a college in California that has a student population that is 40+% Asian... seriously.

And it's a wonderful thing.

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Good. Gotta love the "unrelenting stream of immigration" on western countries. Why on earth would they do that?

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This article barely touched on the reason for this half-hearted and desperately overdue measure: housing affordability. The Labor government has been characteristically inept on this front. Mind you, the previous LNP government shares a lot of the blame as well.

For many years now both parties have been promoting high immigration to make it appear that the economy is growing, but it's mainly to boost consumer spending while the real GDP per person stagnates. Australia has long been woeful in innovation and industrial, value-adding development - not due to the quality of ideas, but a culture of bureaucratic red tape and a fair bit of tall poppy syndrome, resulting in many of the best and brightest heading overseas to friendlier places. This is the famed brain drain.

Instead, governments have promoted the primary and service sectors, and it's the service sector in particular that's grown with the high immigration rate. However, this has prompted intense competition for places to live, especially in the major eastern capitals, but the construction industry can't keep up with demand. This has pushed up purchase and rental prices for residences, sending affordability south. What's more, the strong competition for construction materials and labour is sending prices for new builds up and forcing many builders into bankruptcy because those prices are rising faster than the builders can fund their ongoing costs through progress payments. It's a ridiculous situation, and national governments of both persuasions are equally as guilty at failing to manage the problem, as it's national governments that set immigration numbers. Until the construction industry can catch up, immigration should be frozen so that Australian citizens can afford to buy or rent at a reasonable cost.

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same is happening in the US since like forever

https://www.amren.com/videos/2022/08/fighting-the-feds-on-immigration/

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onigiriToday 02:06 pm JST

last year i went there for holiday, i thought i was in china..seriously

Funny, I live there and have never ever even come close to thinking I was in China. Must be the lack of the CCP and the right to say anything thats on my mind without ending up in jail for "causing troubles" that is the reason for that.

Seriously who can mistake a land filled with Kangaroos, Emus, wombats and Koala's for China? Maybe a wombat looks like a small Panda bear if you close one eye and squint after polishing off a large amount of alcohol?

Lots of Asians want to live in Australia, as it is a great place to live. They even understand that in China.

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Good. Here's a familiar story: immigrants have come to your country, fully supported in terms of social housing, social welfare, and practically free medical care and often never once hold down a legitimate job or contribute to society in any way shape or form.

Things had to change, otherwise it's a massive slap in the face to not only Australians but everybody in this country who works hard, pays taxes, raises families and overall contributes to society first.

Now that we know the cupcake world experiment of globalist immigration policies have largely failed, here's an actual solution: Australia to create a new task force, founded in Australia, with the sole objective of assessing and monitoring all entrants that come into the country, and implementing a clean sweep of those already here under false pretenses.

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Lots of Asians want to live in Australia, as it is a great place to live. They even understand that in China.

the weird parts about them is, they curse and hate everything about the West when they are in the china, but on the other hand they try whatever they can and migrate to Australia. Once they are in Aus, they only mix with their own kind of people, and if Xi ever come to visit Aus, wow...it is like adrenaline rush up and they will lined up on the road waving the red china flag like there is no tomorrow. Seriously, i wonder if this is good sign for the West

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Good. Here's a familiar story: immigrants have come to your country, fully supported in terms of social housing, social welfare, and practically free medical care and often never once hold down a legitimate job or contribute to society in any way shape or form.

LOL. Clearly you have no idea how exactly the situation is like here in Australia. There are refugees which likely need assistance. Then there are international students who wants to stay after finishing their studies. Some of them are definitely not short of money. Then we have the rich Chinese who have made their fortune in China and wants a better place for their kids to grow up. They buy their big houses in cash. Drives European cars or Teslas. House prices in some high end suburbs in big cities are reportly driven up by these migrants.

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Never been there but would love to someday.

So much to see away from the crowded cities.

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Everyone is welcome as long as they follow the FIFO principle! Fit In or F O!

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The decision comes after net immigration was expected to have peaked at a record 510,000 in 2022-23. Official data showed it was forecast to fall to about a quarter of a million in 2024-25 and 2025-26, roughly in line with pre-COVID levels.

510,000 is certainly a lot for a country of twenty odd million.

However, if it were due to halve on its own, it sounds like its was just pent up demand from students who couldn't go there due to Covid. If they are university students, they'll be big spenders, and not the drain on society immigrants are often protrayed as.

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If they are university students, they'll be big spenders, and not the drain on society immigrants are often protrayed as.

Unfortunately here in Australia we are having a housing crisis. There are many reasons contributing to this crisis. However, high immigration is one of them. Since the majority of them wants to live in big cities.

By the way, many of these migrants could not come to Australia because the border was shut due to covid. Now they are all coming together. That is why the figure is so high.

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Lots of Chinese have been migrating overseas for centuries to set up businesses, make money and settle down. Merchants from Southern China started to emigrate to SE Asia at least a thousand years ago. I'm reminded of my dear Chinese American colleague, now retired, whose family had spread out across the Pacific to California, Hawaii, Guam and Australia long before the Republic of China or People's Republic of China were established.

Sorry Australia, you are not that special.

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I'm reminded of my dear Chinese American colleague, now retired, whose family had spread out across the Pacific to California, Hawaii, Guam and Australia long before the Republic of China or People's Republic of China were established.

Sorry Australia, you are not that special.

As long as they respect the laws and customs of the places they move to, learn the language and assimilate - and leave behind the worst aspects of modern Chinese culture sometimes seen in tourists in Japan, for instance - Chinese are generally respected where they go.

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