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Alexander's Horse
16-08-2005, 02:42:20
I know many of you missed out when we took more than a million Poms and stateless European refugees after the war, now is your chance to get out of the drizzling rain and gloom.



Global hunt for 20,000 workers
Elizabeth Colman and Samantha Maiden
August 16, 2005

AUSTRALIA will launch the biggest global recruitment drive for skilled migrants since the "ten pound pom" campaign in the 1950s and 60s, as the Howard Government tries to attract 20,000 workers from across Europe and Asia to rescue key industries from labour shortages.

The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs will next month begin a foray into the international jobs marketplace, with officials hold a series of expos in London, Berlin, Chennai and Amsterdam to spruik Australia's culture and lifestyle to foreign workers.

Tradespeople, engineers and doctors are believed to be among the most desperately needed. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australian Industry Group, the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Minerals and Mining Association have all been asked to nominate the occupations they consider the most in-demand.

The Immigration Department plans to advertise in overseas newspapers from September, inviting prospective skilled migrants to meet employers and state and federal government representatives at the series of expos as part of a $3million skills roadshow where officials will present options for migration under recently relaxed regulations.

Department acting deputy secretary Abul Rizvi told The Australian: "If you think about what we did in the 1950s and the impact that had on Australia, well we're doing it again."

But this time the Government hopes to tailor the campaign to meet specific labour shortages, Mr Rizvi said. "In the 1950s the immigration officers just went out and found these people, this time we are saying, you convince these employers that they want to employ you," he said.

"Australian employers being asked to help in the global marketplace -- the last thing we want is some country getting the jump on us."

After 1945, more than one million British citizens emigrated to Australia under various assisted migration schemes.

The department is considering hosting a further round of expos in 2006 in Bangkok, Seoul, Los Angeles and Manila.

The Queensland, South Australian, Western Australian and ACT governments have expressed the most interest in participating, with Victoria also publicising the events.

The campaign follows an announcement by the Howard Government earlier this year that skilled migration places in 2005-06 would be increased by 20,000, to combat Australia's skills shortages.

The 20,000-place increase is the biggest jump in the migration quota since the 1970s, with the Government offering migrants four-year employer or state-sponsored migration, with the option to stay on permanently.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will seize the opportunity.

"This is a good move because it's finally co-ordinating this sort of activity across a range of industry bodies and (state and federal) governments too," the chamber's director of education and training, Steve Balzary, said.

"We're going out to companies right now across our membership to get them to identify not only which companies are going, but which occupations they're looking for and which numbers."

Matching skills and employers on the spot was part of the attraction of the department's overseas posts.

"Particularly in places like Chennai, where you get a lot of interest but don't necessarily get the right skills, the Government is helping us get the message out," Mr Balzary said.

Recruitment events in London will take place in September, while Amsterdam, Berlin and Chennai will host expos in October.

The department has also hosted local seminars, with an event in Brisbane in June this year, and officials are planning upcoming events in Melbourne and Perth.



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We even take Dutch :coolgrin:

Koshko
16-08-2005, 02:45:12
If you want, the US can just export some Mexicans to you guys. We get that many coming in illegally into the country a day.

Greg W
16-08-2005, 02:48:52
The term was "skilled" migrants... :D

Alexander's Horse
16-08-2005, 03:25:40
they want you to come back too Greg

Oerdin
16-08-2005, 03:26:30
They're very skilled at gardening and odd jobs. :cute:

Greg W
16-08-2005, 05:49:15
Originally posted by Alexander's Horse
they want you to come back too Greg Erm, I never left... :confused:

No longer Trippin
16-08-2005, 07:59:03
So this is how your government says they are in charge of a bunch of idiots?

Gary
16-08-2005, 08:11:17
That's all very well, but one would have to put up with the Aussie accent, while they whine about how they're getting beating at cricket, and everything.

Gary
16-08-2005, 08:12:15
Besides, I could never slim down to 10 pounds.

Greg W
16-08-2005, 08:35:05
Originally posted by No longer Trippin
So this is how your government says they are in charge of a bunch of idiots? Own goal there.

Every government is in charge of a bunch of idiots. ;)

Beta1
16-08-2005, 09:43:15
not ours.

We have a bunch of idiots in charge of us.

Funko
16-08-2005, 09:52:08
Who is more the fool, the fool or the fool who votes for him?

Alexander's Horse
16-08-2005, 09:52:23
Originally posted by No longer Trippin
So this is how your government says they are in charge of a bunch of idiots?

Thats no way to talk about English migrants :p

Lazarus and the Gimp
16-08-2005, 17:26:51
I've always fancied emigrating, and Australia would be just the job. Mrs Gimp isn't up for it, however.

Gary
16-08-2005, 17:35:36
Don't tell her

Japher
16-08-2005, 17:36:36
I wouldn't mind going either. However, like the dutch, that "skilled" requirement is a toughy

Drekkus
16-08-2005, 17:36:48
I must say the outlook of wrestling with alligators, walking around in snakeleatherboots, yielding a huge knife, and putting some shrimp on the barbie doesn't look all that bad.

But can't london just send back all the aussies working there?

The Shaker
16-08-2005, 17:59:37
But who'd work in the bars?

The Norks
16-08-2005, 18:21:17
what about unskilled workers who want a suntan?

Lazarus and the Gimp
16-08-2005, 19:44:16
They're all in Magaluf.

BigGameHunter
16-08-2005, 20:45:24
Does retail managenet count?

Alexander's Horse
16-08-2005, 22:54:27
Originally posted by The Norks
what about unskilled workers who want a suntan?

Nice jugs help at the interview. Some things never change.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
17-08-2005, 00:44:07
Originally posted by Funko
Who is more the fool, the fool or the fool who votes for him?

I wish I had a Mr. T AE so I could post I pity the fool who votes for the fool. Well, not really.

I wonder if Australia would have me back? I'm skilled!

The Norks
17-08-2005, 00:52:33
Originally posted by Alexander's Horse
Nice jugs help at the interview. Some things never change.

whenever I go for an interview someone always says 'flash some cleavage!'. WHY?? First off, it doesnt work on women (and I almost never get given jobs by women anyway for some reason so I don't want to fuck it up further) and it just makes men think they can touch you up when you bend over the photocopier. Nork flashing has a time and a place- usually at crowded bars when you don't want to queue, but never in interviews!

Koshko
17-08-2005, 02:02:51
Originally posted by Funko
Who is more the fool, the fool or the fool who votes for him?

Remember the fools that will be in charge in the future are just the fools voting for the fools in charge now.

Koshko
17-08-2005, 02:03:37
Originally posted by The Norks
whenever I go for an interview someone always says 'flash some cleavage!'. WHY?? First off, it doesnt work on women (and I almost never get given jobs by women anyway for some reason so I don't want to fuck it up further) and it just makes men think they can touch you up when you bend over the photocopier. Nork flashing has a time and a place- usually at crowded bars when you don't want to queue, but never in interviews!

Well cleavage is very benifical if you want to work in that bar.

The Norks
17-08-2005, 02:15:40
true- thats the one interview where norks are of use (outside the realms of adult entertainment).

Greg W
17-08-2005, 02:23:34
Mmmmmm, adult entertainment. :love:

Alexander's Horse
17-08-2005, 15:30:16
Originally posted by The Norks
whenever I go for an interview someone always says 'flash some cleavage!'. WHY?? First off, it doesnt work on women (and I almost never get given jobs by women anyway for some reason so I don't want to fuck it up further) and it just makes men think they can touch you up when you bend over the photocopier. Nork flashing has a time and a place- usually at crowded bars when you don't want to queue, but never in interviews!

you obviously haven't met our male migration officers. otoh with the femocrat ones, cleavage would be fatal.

Greg W
17-08-2005, 15:37:20
Migration officers? Do they fly north for the winter?

Alexander's Horse
17-08-2005, 15:45:32
Originally posted by Greg W
Erm, I never left... :confused:

go away and come back again then

Provost Harrison
17-08-2005, 15:53:25
I don't want to spend my life sticking another tinnie on the barbie if it's all the same :p

Funko
17-08-2005, 16:00:38
You drink tinnies and stick shrimps on barbies. :)

Alexander's Horse
17-08-2005, 23:15:16
its prawn not shrimp

Far too sunny here for you Provost

Greg W
18-08-2005, 02:36:08
Originally posted by Alexander's Horse
go away and come back again then Leave forever, huh? Hmm...

Funko
18-08-2005, 09:43:23
What are snags?

Drekkus
18-08-2005, 09:47:43
Originally posted by Greg W
Migration officers? Do they fly north for the winter? :lol:

Gary
18-08-2005, 11:08:41
Hmm ... note the antipodean outlook there ;)

Alexander's Horse
18-08-2005, 11:52:46
Originally posted by Funko
What are snags?

sausages

Funko
18-08-2005, 11:56:51
:lol:

I didn't know but for some reason thought they must be some kind of fish.

Greg W
18-08-2005, 13:45:37
They're also things hidden just inder the water, like branches and stuff that can, um, snag you.

Provost Harrison
19-08-2005, 16:27:30
Originally posted by Funko
You drink tinnies and stick shrimps on barbies. :)

That's the spirit. Next week, advanced PHing ;)