International students are flocking to Australia, but the country’s infrastructure is not ready – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Students wearing mortarboards and gowns seen from above at a university graduation ceremony

Australia has taken in 525,000 international students this year, a 12 per cent increase compared to last year, itself a record.

Glen Searle, honorary associate professor in planning at Sydney University, said the Federal Government’s response to immigration so far has been “totally inadequate” and it now has a “moral responsibility” to deliver investment required by Australia’s immigration program.

“I would be strongly urging people to be considered when they look at these figures,” she said, “and not blame migrants, but rather hold politicians to account”.

Annual education exports in 2016-17 were valued at $28 billion by the ABS.

This equates to a profit where as ultra conservatives like Dutton, Abbott and right-wing  media men like Andrew Bolt call this an Immigration problem and expense and not an asset.

1) It’s a cover up of decades political inactivity, the failure largely of the LNP to invest in infrastucture. 2) It’s an opportunist conservative tactic to turn Immigration into a political strategy because the congestion is obvious immediate and easily felt while it’s cause needs time and not just sound bytes to be explained and that takes reasoned analysis that can easily be countered with News Corp support and anti- Immigration sloganeering and blame. (ODT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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