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Turnbull opens new student migration scam floodgate - by Leith van Onselen

A new front has opened in the student-migration scam, whereby the Turnbull Government has opened the door to international primary school students and their guardians to access Australian schools and purchase Australian property ahead of achieving permanent residency. From SBS News:

[Republished here with permission. Originally published at http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/category/featured-article/. Published by the Unconventional Economist at http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2016/06/turnbull-opens-new-student-migration-scam-floodgate/#comment-2636816]

From July 1, students aged six and above would be able to apply for student visas regardless of their country of citizenship – and their guardians can also apply for Guardian visas (subclass 580)

These visa-rule changes, which were announced during Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to China in April, also mean non-residents can buy several new properties or one existing property…

Dave Platter, from the leading Chinese international-property portal Juwai.com said there has been a nearly 20 per cent jump in inquiries for properties in Australia since Mr Turnbull’s announcement…

Estate agents Vera and Geoffrey Wong have hosted an open home in Sydney’s Eastwood.

Most of their clients are either Chinese or South Korean investors, and Mr Wong says when they were choosing a property, there is no doubt their children’s education is considered most important.

He said buyers are planning purchases that cater for their children’s entire education.

“Schooling … that is – I can’t emphasise it enough – is one of the main factors,” he said.

“Our clients, I would say over 70 per cent, (are looking,) at schooling and the university afterwards.”

Unbelievable. Primary schools in “good” catchment areas are already bursting at the seams. Meanwhile, Australia’s biggest cities, which is where most migrants arrive, are already struggling to digest a decade of rampant population growth (immigration), which has clogged their roads, trains, and reduced residents’ overall amenity.

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And yet the government wants to add more immigrant fuel to the fire, just so that it keeps a floor under Australia’s already ridiculously expensive house values.

Where is the additional federal investment in schools and infrastructure to keep up with the migrant influx? And where is the consideration of impacts on Australia’s existing residents – especially young families struggling to buy a home and put their children through schooling?

Is this what Australia has been reduced to: flogging land, houses and visas to wealthy Chinese? Is this what Turnbull really means by his “innovation agenda”? Surely we can do better.

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From July 1, students aged six and above would be able to apply for student visas regardless of their country of citizenship – and their guardians can also apply for Guardian visas (subclass 580)…
With our economy under pressure, and the loss of the mining boom, government are under massive pressure to keep up our GDP ratings and demand for housing. This latest visa scheme is much like using "anchor babies" to gain residency into a country - just drop a baby and the baby is a "citizen". Not only are universities starved of funding, and thus rely on international students, now primary schools are to become visa factories.
“The price of properties in good school zones will continue to accelerate,” the report says. “We could also see prime inner city properties start to become acquisition targets. Many of these period homes have been ‘off limits’ to the foreign purchaser. This may no longer be the case”…
“It opens up everything, not just to brand new or off-the-plan properties,” said Secret Agent founder Paul Osborne. “It’s going to change the composition a little bit of the types of properties that are required.”
The housing growth Ponzi scheme will be boosted more, and inflate housing prices more if they are near "good" schools. Already our schools are overloaded.

Isn't it great. Isn't it grand.
After years of getting our "Hate Abbot" caffeine shot every morning from Age Letters.
Now we can look forward to a new superior blend of "Hate Hanson" every morning.
(No need to explain).

David ZPG

Originally posted on July 10, 2016 by Sean Adl-Tabatabai in News, World

George Soros funded and orchestrated the refugee crisis in Europe, opening the gates to allow refugees and terrorists into the continent.

Soros’s agenda has always been about destroying national sovereignty and national borders.

Zerohedge.com reports:

The refugee crisis is not a naturally occurring phenomenon. It coincided with OSF donating money to the US-based Migration Policy Institute and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, both Soros-sponsored organizations. Both groups advocate the resettlement of third-world Muslims into Europe.

In 2015, a Sky News reporter found “Migrant Handbooks” on the Greek island of Lesbos. It was later revealed that the handbooks, which are written in Arabic, had been given to refugees before crossing the Mediterranean by a group called “Welcome to the EU.”

Welcome to the EU is funded by—you guessed it—the Open Society Foundations.

Soros has not only backed groups that advocate the resettlement of third-world migrants into Europe, he in fact is the architect of the “Merkel Plan.”

The Merkel Plan was created by the European Stability Initiative whose chairman Gerald Knaus is a senior fellow at none other than the Open Society Foundations.

The plan proposes that Germany should grant asylum to 500,000 Syrian refugees. It also states that Germany, along with other European nations, should agree to help Turkey, a country that’s 98% Muslim, gain visa-free travel within the EU starting in 2016.

Political Discourse

The refugee crisis has raised huge concern in European countries like Hungary.

In response to 7,000 migrants entering Hungarian territory per day in 2015, the Hungarian government reestablished border control in order to keep the hordes of refugees from entering the country.

Of course this did not go down well with Soros and his close allies, the Clintons.

Bill Clinton has since come out and accused both Poland and Hungary of thinking “democracy is too much trouble” and wanting to have a “Putin-like authoritarian dictatorship.”

Read more here.

Australian wages may be too high, but at least politicians come cheap.
For a mere $1670, Senator Dastyari supported China's "nine-dash" policy over of the South China Sea.
David Z Hughes

Hi Malcolm

At last, the UK has a real leader, someone to trust and believe in.
"Company director elites who think paying tax is an optional extra......"

The Skypes in the BBC, and the LabourParty are crying wolf, racist and xenophobia as usual. When once they looked after the working class.

Our PM - Malcolm Turnbull - spent his time at Goldman Sachs teaching companies how to cheat on paying tax. And how to cheat on training locals.

DZH

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-05/may-takes-swipe-at-business-saying-this-can-t-go-on-anymore