Tuesday, August 19, 2008

'Australia can help the neighbourhood'

My housemate Andreana has an opinion piece in today's Age, about Australia's new scheme to allow 'unskilled' workers from the Pacific to come and work here:

The Government has announced this initiative after extensive lobbying by the National Farmers Federation — the scheme will tackle critical agricultural labour shortages by allowing Pacific islanders to work temporarily in Australian horticulture. Through the remittances that will be sent home to Pacific communities, this scheme also has the potential to help lift households out of poverty.
Read the full article here.

1 comment:

¿johnman¿ said...

"Properly regulated"
This is the key, i watched a doco on ABC TV i think it was about the similar system in NZ where there are reservations about human rights issues to do with restrictions placed on the Pacific Islanders whilst woring in their host country. Sometimes in the attempts to make these schemes a success Governments overstep certain boundries violating the rights or lack of rights of the very people they are trying to help.