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MACROBUSINESS blogger, Leith Van Onselen draws a long bow

It was only a matter of time before the unions and their minions would conflate temporary residence with slavery.

If you activate this link, apparently Registered Migration Agents (RMAs) should all be 'ashamed' that we in any way support the enslavement of temporary residents.

This article is not only uniformed but patently ridiculous.

RMAs are not the architects of the temporary residence program, nor are they the apologists for it.

RMAs do not have a conflict of interest with respect to their participation in the temporary residence program.

The article is inflammatory, and does not bear close scrutiny.

If the author of this article believes that temporary residence leads to slavery then I would expect that would have been an outcry from the Labor Party and their union supporters.

Although there have been some instances of wage theft, exploitation, and other nefarious acts, there is no solid evidence that these very important issues are widespread or are so prevalent to warrant the tearing down of the temporary residence programme.  This is and will always be a law enforcement issue.

If the author of this article truly believes that such evil resides in the temporary residence program, he should first get informed, and second get elected to parliament so that he can change the law.

The overwhelming evidence is that temporary residence is good for the economy, good for employers, good for the applicants, good for Australia.

Source: 

https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/02/migration-agents-shamed-as-temporary-visa-deluge-fuels-slavery/ 

and 

https://migrationalliance.com.au/immigration-daily-news/entry/2020-01-senator-keneally-searches-for-relevance-by-mauling-temporary-residents.html

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    kevin Monday, 02 March 2020

    some temporary residents ok but why are there over one million australians who say they are under employed & want more hours there needs to be a greater balance & yes there hundreds of thousands of temporary residents such as international student who are paid lower wages cash in hand as well as visa over stayers & some people here on visas with work rights i am aware that your industry makes money from this why do you make these RUBBISH comments when there is a mountain of evidence to say there are too many TEMPORARY RESIDENTS with many of them being exploited. i doubt if you will print this

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    Chris Saturday, 21 March 2020

    So basically Chris, you've done the standard lawyer thing and gone after the author instead of the argument.

    Labor are on board with mass immigration as much as the Liberals are. Can you explain why Sally McManus signed a compact with the MCA last year? No, because you know the answer.

    "There are some instances of wage theft" - it's the industry standard. It's now a daily occurrence particularly in the service and hopsitality sectors, where all your indian students are. Care to comment on that?

    Citing Kristina Kenneally as any kind of valid source is a joke. She wants to increase permanent migration and the refugee intake, as evidenced at the last federal election. The Labor Party also wanted uncapped Family Reunion visas which would've been more rivers of gold for your "industry".
    Then there's all the Chinese money keeping the Significant Investor Visa scam going and we all know where Labor is on that relationship.

    So basically, you're way off.

    You have a vested interest in keeping the temporary migrant flow open because you are essentially a ticket clipping industry that offers no value to Australia. You can clip tickets from the initial application all the way to High Court and Ministerial Intervention.

    "Get elected to parliament" - what a copout argument. Why aren't you running? Macrobusiness have been the tip of the spear in rolling back the immigration ponzi and I think is just you, Carina Ford, Mark Glazbrook and other ticket clippers scared of losing your income and having to potentially do something of value that benefits Australia - as opposed to charging fees to waves of third worlders and lobbying state and federal governments to keep the taps open.

    Enjoy the next six months while the border are shut. Hope you've paid your mortgage.

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