Page 3, bottom right: Interest paid as a percentage of household income is at a record high *and* record numbers of families have two, not one breadwinner
"Unemployment in the (IT) industry has been at record highs in the five years since the dotcom bubble burst in 2000, yet IT workers continue to make up the biggest single skills group under the skills migration policy.
Labor education and training spokeswoman Jenny Macklin says increased investment in local training programs was an option the Government had been unwilling to pursue.
'The Howard Government has dropped the ball on training Australians', Ms Macklin said. 'They are over-relying on an imported skills quick-fix. Labor's priority is clear - train Australians first and train them now'.
Why Can't Iran Have Nukes
Companies? India Inc. and Pak Inc! Shades of Star Wars.... With permanent enemies like India and Pakistan, one side would...
She said an alarming OECD report in 2005 on education had showed Australia was the only nation to have cut public investment in tertiary education since 1995.
The Immigration Department said it relied on survey information from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to decide where send migrants were most needed in the economy. A spokesman said it had received no data suggesting a vast oversupply of IT graduates seeking work in Australia".
Fairly typical public servant's response. Did they *seek* any data? Apart from the fact that it's a lie - unemployment in the sector reached 30% in 2002-2003 and *still* they continued to import temporary visaholders at record levels.