(From ABC.net.au) Wouldn't it be great if rising demand on the
health system led to an automatic increase in the health budget?
Wouldn't it be great if an increase in demand for peak-hour trains
led directly to governments providing more of them? Wouldn't it be
great if governments responded to citizens need for services in the
same way they respond to employers demands for more immigration.
Australia has, we are told, a skills shortage. Presumably
developing countries have much better education systems than ours
as they, it seems, have a skills surplus. Does it seem a little bit
weird that so many people from the rest of the world want to come
to Australia for an education but, at the same time, so many
Australian employers would prefer to employ people with skills
Does it seem strange that developing countries are better able to
train doctors than a country like Australia? This does not mean
that doctors from other countries should not be free to come to
Australia if they wish to, but the idea that we have a shortage of
doctors and other countries have a surplus is just absurd. The
reality is that Australian governments have decided it is cheaper
to let other countries invest in training and for us to poach them.