Mass Immigration: Undermining Australia's Way of Life

Section Seven


In primary and secondary schools, education is difficult for teachers and pupils when students do not have command of the English language and this places stresses, within a classroom situation, on all students.

In Australia each year, up to 50,000 qualified students are denied tertiary education because of insufficient places being available. This is because there are limited numbers of places for students in our publicly funded universities and colleges. Current immigration policies have rapidly increased the numbers of overseas-born students while the number of places available in training institutions have not been increased at the same rate. So, our youth, whose dreams and ambitions rely on such opportunities, are denied places. There are also 28,000 full fee paying students in Australia; these fees are supposed to be used to create better and more facilities in the training institutions, but in practice this appears not to be so. The money is being used in part to fund the daily running of the institution and once again our youth are denied places.

If the training of foreign students were a humanitarian gesture, with the students returning to their own lands and using their knowledge to the advantage of their own people, we might have no objections. But, these students are now encouraged to stay, or to return to Australia, after the completion of their courses. In effect, this is giving away places to overseas students at the expense of our own youth, and also means that those foreign students will be taking jobs in Australia that otherwise would have been available to local students.

By importing highly skilled migrants, the need to train our own people is reduced - which allows the Government and employers to evade their responsibility to train the next generation. It also means that the capabilities and experience of our training institutions is diminished; and, in some cases, maybe damaged irreparably. The recent glut of overseas doctors underlies the Government's plan close to close medical schools in Australia and reduce medical school intakes by 15%. We must become, and remain, self-sufficient - and stop looking beyond our own shores and our own people. Just as we no longer import our Governors-General, neither should we import other personnel.

In essence, these immigration-related education problems are:
  1. Non-English speaking students necessarily slow down teaching, leading to educational problems.
  2. Overseas students are now, in effect, migrants in-transit and should not have preference over local students.
  3. Importing highly skilled migrants avoids the need to train our own students, thus damaging our long-term national education and training abilities.
We do not have the right to give away and sell our own students' places and opportunities to others.

Mass Immigration: Undermining Australia's Way of Life

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