Sunday, January 26, 2014

Australia's migrants leaving their new home in search of a better life

A lot of Afghans move on.  No mention of them being missed

AUSTRALIA'S migrants are abandoning their adopted country at record levels - using the lucky country as a stepping stone to a better life.

The number of former migrants leaving country has doubled in just over a decade to 48,000 and last year made up more than half of all Australians moving overseas.

It is not homesickness driving the numbers, but a new wave of country-hopping migrants looking for the best deal.  "Today's migrants can use Australia as a stepping stone to go to other countries," said Associate Professor Val Colic-Peisker from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University.   "They are skilled migrants who can then be headhunted by Scotland, Malaysia and other countries. They go where the best work is."

The most recent figures from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection show 40 per cent of migrants who decided to leave Australia did not return to their native home.

New Zealand was the first choice for country-hopping immigrants followed by Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK and USA.

Migrants from Afghanistan and South Africa are the most likely to move on, with more than 80 per cent moving overseas after settling here.  More than a third are employed as professionals or managers.

New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said Australian residents entering the country will "normally be granted a residence class visa to enter and stay, work and study in New Zealand", as long as they are of good character.

And providing information on permanent residency in Australia simplifies the process of achieving residency in Hong Kong.

Dr Yadu Singh, President of the Indian Australian Association of NSW, said Singapore, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates are the popular choice of former immigrants from India.  He said these countries are more accustomed to migrants in the workforce.

"Many come to Australia and are working in jobs they are over-qualified for because they are told they need local experience," he said. "This can lead to disillusionment and even depression. The opportunities and earnings can be better elsewhere."

According to Dr Singh, foreign companies will head hunt immigrants who have worked in Australia.  "Australian experience and even getting a degree or diploma makes them more marketable."  But New Zealand is not high on the list for Indian immigrants. "I know more people that are leaving New Zealand," Dr Singh said. "They wait three years to receive a passport and then come to Australia."

Westpac's Head of Migrant Banking, Jennifer West, is keen to encourage immigrants to stay in Australia because of the financial and cultural benefit they provide to Australia. Research by Westpac on new Australians, released to coincide with Australia Day, reveals migrants contribute $200 billion to the Australian economy annually and almost one quarter are in jobs earning $70,000 or more.

"The US, Canada and New Zealand are proactive in attracting new skilled migrants," she said.  "But our research shows Australians are welcoming of immigrants and Australia Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the role new Australians play in our society


Fascist tendencies in Australia

Salute exceptionalism in Australia...well, hardly. We are becoming suffused with an intrusive public health mantra that is the antithesis of exceptionalism. For those who believe there are proper standards for the relationship between authority and liberty, beware of post-modern Australia, where public health (sometimes known as population health) has become a role model jealous of uniformity and groupthink.

Australian public health authoritarianism manifests as funding of interventionism, premised on some valued 'public good' for which myopic individuals are neither personally accountable nor 'willing to pay.' The maintenance of 'civil society' hence becomes an excuse for meddling bureaucracies to save us from ourselves and for government interfering - usually at considerable unrequited cost - so prescriptively and in so many aspects of our lives.

Domestic swimming pool fencing is one of the most egregious examples. Australia has become a world leader in self-righteously enforcing costly pool fencing standards with scant regard to evidence of commensurate net social gain.

Well-intentioned post-natal nurses routinely follow up new mothers with intrusive questions in quite evidently innocent family settings about domestic violence.

Baby capsules (now costing some hundreds of dollars) must be fitted in motor vehicles by authorised fitting stations and need comply with stringent criteria without parallel in comparable countries (although paradoxically, taxis remain exempt).

Rather than prioritising risky road behaviours that constitute discernible threats to welfare, police are applauded for random breath testing for alleged alcohol misuse or for relentlessly apprehending minor technical transgressions of ever changing speed limits - without yielding differences in road safety statistically significant to comparable high income countries that concentrate simply on targeting reckless driving. Small wonder the time cost of metropolitan travel has become so burdensome.

The folly of poison scheduling in Australia restricts to pharmacies the sale of many non-prescription medicines of infinitesimal risk that are generally available in most other countries at a fraction of the cost in supermarkets.

Because of diminishing personal accountability, it has become judgemental and politically incorrect to 'stereotype' or target the source of readily identifiable human risks such as foetal alcohol syndrome. Analogously, in the early 1980s authorities ran their HIV/ AIDS 'grim reaper' campaign by inefficiently targeting the whole country.

Australia should seek to engender authentic personal accountability. Instead it celebrates the tyranny of costly and inefficient paternalism that stifles a willingness to weigh our own risk exposures. Obesity is one of the principal sources of Australia's burden of disease yet, although highly social patterned, its control and prevention strategy is a conspicuous failure - principally because of neglect to acknowledge it is ultimately much less a realm of public policy than of personal or parental responsibility (or ill-chosen parents).

Australia's bureaucracies should reflect upon the limits of power that society may justifiably exercise over individuals. John Stuart Mill called this liberty.


The ABC in their own words

Pickering has some interesting quotes below

While Left-Green commercial media drowns in red ink, the taxpayer funded ABC, still pining for Gillard, continues to defy its charter, openly seeking to discredit and undermine the Abbott Government... and not a murmur of disapproval from the responsible Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Decent journalists have departed the dying Fairfax Press in droves leaving the dross free to practise their treachery and disdain for middle ground politics.

Left-Green journalists have now taken to cannibalising their own with tweets regarding respected centre-ground journalist, Gerard Henderson with:

“Henderson…What a pompous, pretentious turd you are.” - Mike Carlton.

“What a haughty flapping half-arsed buffoon he is” - Malcolm Farr.

“You are a fool, Henderson, a malicious and mendacious piece of shit… Now F_ck off.” - Mike Carlton again.

“Old Australian saying. ‘He wouldn’t know a tram was up him unless the bell rang’. Wholly appropriate to Gerard Henderson” - Phillip Adams.

“Gerard [Henderson] is a complete f-ckwit”- Malcolm Farr again.

“The nation mourns Gerard Henderson. He’s in perfect health.” - Peter Van Onselen, SKY. I guess that means they disagree with "The Australian's" Gerard.

Sacked Left-Green scribes have drifted to the ABC, The Conversation, The Guardian On-line and other far Left media.

Sky gives Green Senators (the insane Milne and loopy Hanson-Young) exposure way beyond their political station.

Channel 7 is a rats’ nest of anti-Australian Lefties.

Channel 10 persists with "warmist" Bongiorno and his crazy pro-illegal immigrant stance.

Who really cares, they will die by their own swords soon enough, but the ABC belongs to us... and we want it back.

The pro-Jakarta public broadcaster has now placed itself firmly within the Indonesian crime syndicates’ interests and has incredibly implied the Australian Navy has insisted illegals hold on to hot pipes!

    Only a demented fool or a Green would believe the RAN practises torture.

The ABC has been allowed to run riot for far too long and the Gillard-appointed Leftie Chairman, Spigelman, and his co-conspirator, MD Mark Scott, are past their Labor Party use-by dates.

If the fiery anger in Morrison’s and Abbott’s eyes means anything then the guillotine is about to fall and Turnbull had better quickly decide what he wants to do...

...fiddle with the NBN and his donger at the same time or begin acting like a responsible Minister.


Self-inflicted damage set to be coming for NSW Police

Paul Sheehan

The NSW Police can be their own worst enemy. In recent weeks the Herald has reported and editorialised extensively about drunken violence, with great sympathy for the police who have to bear much of the brunt of this. But bubbling beneath the surface is a torpedo that is heading for the police, aimed by the police. This is going to be a self-inflicted harm.

The indications I am receiving point to the Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, leaving his job this year and Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn getting hit by collateral damage. There is no suggestion here that either of these officers has been guilty of misconduct, but both could be damaged by the misconduct of others.

Reputational damage is likely heading for the NSW Crime Commission, the star chamber of law enforcement in this state, which may have acted above the law.

More reputational damage is certainly heading for the Special Crime and Internal Affairs unit, which itself came under investigation for over-zealous pursuit of suspected police corruption. At the other end of the spectrum, the NSW Police Association has also caused a reputational problem for itself. As a former executive member of the association told me: "Increasingly, it has become little more than a branch of the Labor Party."

The sound and fury of the impact of the torpedo may be muffled by Premier Barry O'Farrell keeping a lid on a report pending from the NSW Ombudsman.

The person most likely to step up to the job of commissioner this year is Nick Kaldas, who holds the most operationally senior role of the three deputy commissioners. He already has oversight for the majority of the 16,000 officers in the force.

It does not hurt that Kaldas' investigative work is currently on display in The Hague where the United Nations' Special Tribunal for Lebanon is conducting the trial of four members of Hezbollah who have been charged, in absentia, with the 2005 car-bombing that assassinated Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafic Hariri, and killed 22 more.

Kaldas served as the lead investigator for the bulk of the investigation. He laid an evidence trail that led to the leadership of Hezbollah.

The irony in all this is that Kaldas himself was one of the officers wrongly subjected to a wire tap during an internal police investigation that lurched out of control. That covert operation has become the torpedo.

The torpedo has a name: Operation Prospect. It has been run by the NSW Ombudsman, Bruce Barbour, and has a budget of $3.5 million and two years to complete its inquiries, in secret, and report. The time for its report is approaching and the outlines of its main findings have taken shape.

Operation Prospect was set up in response to complaints lodged with the Ombudsman's office by about 50 serving and former police officers who had been the subject of wire taps by the special crime and internal affairs branch between 1998 and 2002.

Last year, Barbour told a parliamentary committee that Prospect's scope was "enormous", examining listening device warrants issued by judges that allowed the bugging of more than 100 police at a time. The investigation has examined wire taps of more than 100 police officers and civilians, including Kaldas, who were the subject of covert recordings by an operation code-named Emblems, run by internal affairs from 1998 to 2002.

Commissioner Scipione and Deputy Commissioner Burn had responsibility for internal affairs during some of this time and during the aftermath of Emblems, hence their vulnerability to collateral damage.

All complaints to the ombudsman's inquiry say there were no grounds for the surveillance and many claim their careers were damaged. These claims have the potential for litigation. This is of concern to the government even though the events and their aftermath occurred long before it took office.

Also of concern for the image of the police is the shrill anti-government language being used by leaders of the Police Association. The treasurer of the union, Sergeant Prue Burgun, wrote of the O'Farrell government in an opinion piece last month: "Get out of the pocket of the Australian Hotels Association." The vice-president of the union, Inspector Pat Gooley, was even more sneering and political in an open letter published on the association's website: "Where were you, George Souris on New Year's Eve? Somewhere safe, shielded from the horrors of what people can do to each other?"

If the police union wants to operate like a branch of the Labor Party, then the service will come to be regarded as a branch of the Labor Party, and the NSW Labor Party is no stranger to the abuse of power.


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