Anti-foreign bias

Bryan Caplan talks a lot about anti-foreign bias – ‘a tendency to underestimate the benefits of interacting with foreigners’. Kelvin Thomson explains:

We will end up with a situation where we have foreign companies using foreign workforces to send our resources in foreign ships to foreign countries for the use and enjoyment of foreign customers.

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30 Responses to Anti-foreign bias

  1. papachango

    Call this stuff for what it is – xenophobic Hansonism.

    All these people – Howes, Cameron, Thompson – are using Pauline’s exact line of argument.

    Maybe slightly better articulated – though with Doug Cameron I’m not sure – someone tell that old red ragger that Boeing not Airbus make 747s.

    So why did they call her such a waaaacist?

  2. jtfsoon

    Interesting to see that Scotsman Doug Cameron is ‘gobsmacked’ by the decision. But then he’s not a foreign worker, he’s been a foreign non-worker all his life.

  3. ar

    He has a solution for remote working, too:

    The Labor MP said that if Australians were paid enough, they would work in remote areas.

    “If we pay people enough they will come,” he said. “If this takes another year or two, then frankly, so what?”

    Yeah, banks and investors – what’s another year or two?

  4. papachango

    But then he’s not a foreign worker, he’s been a foreign non-worker all his life.

    lol good point.
    Still if you point out his hypocrisy as Kelly O’Dwyer did – that apparently makes her the racist.

  5. Feral Abacus

    Still if you point out his hypocrisy as Kelly O’Dwyer did – that apparently makes her the racist.

    I can’t believe her (clearly) jocular Tweet was actually reported in the media as “Liberal MP want to give priority to Australian-born parliamentarians.” The puerile twattery of the MSM never ceases to astound me.

  6. Andrew Reynolds

    Kelvin went on to add the following: “..and leave behind lots of foreign money in the form of taxes, royalties, leases, rental fees and other expenditure for us to pay to the Aussies in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales that could not be bothered to get off their lazy arses and move to WA to get the jobs in the first place.”
    At least, that is what he should have said.

  7. papachango

    Not so much puerile twattery as deliberate misrepresentation and smearing. probably one of the most appalling examples yet from the Age

  8. Ronaldo

    It wasn’t just the Age, it was in the Australian online too.

  9. Gab

    So was there widespread condemnation from Cameron, Thomson et al when the EMA was introduced last year?

    April 2011, the ABC reports:

    In coming weeks, the Gillard Government plans to announce a new labour plan allowing companies to bring in temporary foreign workers en masse to major projects.

    May 2011, the Government announces:

    The government has announced the introduction of Enterprise Migration Agreements (EMAs)—a new temporary migration initiative to help address the skill needs of the resource sector… Through EMAs, major resource projects will be able to access overseas labour for genuine skill vacancies that cannot be filled from the Australian labour market.

    June 2011, a Senate committee reports:

    Senators sought details of new migration initiatives: the new enterprise migration agreement (EMA) scheme, which addresses the skill needs of the resource sector…

    The committee heard that around 13 projects are already approved by the state government authorities and will likely qualify, and a further 21 projects are subject to feasibility studies and may be eligible.

    Did they all miss this? Or did they think it no employer would ever utilise EMA’s?

  10. Peter Patton

    I can’t believe her (clearly) jocular Tweet was actually reported in the media as “Liberal MP want to give priority to Australian-born parliamentarians.” The puerile twattery of the MSM never ceases to astound me.

    What a f4ing twit that journo is. The best way to deal with these types is not through the Fink Luvvie Court, but by not buying/reading their rags.

  11. thefrollickingmole

    Kelvin Thompson is a serious whackjob.
    Check a few of his older “population agendas” to see just how whacky he is.

    Why hes Labour rather than greens I have no idea.

    “The social changes and consequences of a world on its way to 10 billion undermine
    the humanist goals of respecting the individual, their personal liberty, and their
    capacity to develop their potential to the full.”

    http://www.kelvinthomson.com.au/page/population-debate/default.asp

  12. It wasn’t just the Age, it was in the Australian online too.

    It was an AAP piece. Got churned and spread around everywhere.

    Churnalism at work.

  13. Sorry, link broke.

    Try
    http://www.google.com/search?q=Liberal+MP+Kelly+O‘Dwyer+has+suggested+Australian-born+citizens+should+get+priority+to+become+parliamentarians

  14. Peter Patton

    If there is one thing Australian libertarians could do to progress their cause, it would be ban all linking or even mentioning Bryan Caplan! Now, I know I’ve said I think there is a strong link between mathematical macro academics and autism, but Prof. Caplan is off the charts.

  15. jtfsoon

    Caplan isn’t a macroeconomist and his work is probably less mathematical than the average economist. He’s just the way he is because he’s the way he is. But on this issue he’s correct

  16. We will end up with a situation where we have foreign Altona companies using foreign Altona workforces to send our resources Holden Viagras in foreign Melbourne ships to foreign countries Perth for the use and enjoyment of foreign Perth customers.

    FIFY Kelv…

    And I too hope the Greens are soon destroyed…

  17. Simon

    Are foreign workers forced to use Australian Super funds? Seriously aside from one or two shareholders and super funds investments what do we as Australians actually get for owning these resources if we’re not provided with jobs or skills or community enhancements or even downstream processing jobs. This is actually a pretty shithouse and myopic deal for the country as whole.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked alongside Phillipino trasdesmen in Australian factories and they are effective, so effective that the company employing them curtailed all other domestic training and skill building because they could just turn on the foreign tap. P.S. that was fibreglassing and probably a special case.

    We can force foreigners to turn up but we don’t have the politcal will to force Mebournians and Sydneysiders to get off their arses and work for living because they might have to go to WA, talk about a sense of entitlement.

    Someones putting the boom ahead of the best interests of the constituents, who, if they aren’t working anywhere good will have absolutely no real interest in what paltry royalties or 1000th of a percent supergrowth they get from this.

  18. JC

    “If we pay people enough they will come,” he said. “If this takes another year or two, then frankly, so what?”

    Yea that was Kelvin Thompson on the ABC news last night… the Handsomest devil in parliament.

  19. Samuel J

    Sen. Cameron says we should prioritise Australian workers before bringing in foreigners.

    Does this also apply to Senators?

    That’s what O’Dwyer tweeted. Any sensible reading would show it is merely an extension of what Cameron said – he is the hypocrite wanting to be xenophobic and not counting himself.

  20. jtfsoon

    I don’t believe how stupid people are.

    I too Googled for the O dwyer headline and it took me to a Facebook site where all the commenters were condemning O Dwyer for her racism.

  21. Sinclair Davidson

    Here is the Tweet.

  22. jtfsoon

    My god, people are stupid.

    Anyone who failed to get the irony should be permanently dropped from the electoral roll.

  23. Gab

    Just their latest attempt at the “look over there” distraction tactic of the Craig Thomson debacle and Gillard’s Sgt Schultz defence on the surprise 1715 EMA workers yesterday.

  24. steve

    Given Senator Cameron is an Australian citizen, then presumably he is an “Australian” worker. However I do agree with jtfsoon at 2:38.

  25. Token

    I wonder why Cameron is so well rehearsed on this topic, it is like he’s done this before…

    The Labor MP said that if Australians were paid enough, they would work in remote areas.

    “If we pay people enough they will come,” he said. “If this takes another year or two, then frankly, so what?”

    Didn’t the UK take this approach with coal mining in the years before Thatcher closed them as it cost more to dig the coal up then sell?

  26. boy on a bike

    I thought Labor dumped the White Australia policy years ago? I must have misheard…

  27. Carpe Jugulum

    So the ALP hates foreign workers.

    Note to the alp – my wife is a foreign worker and she has paid more in tax in this country than you spivs ever will.

  28. Patrickb

    What a bunch of whingers. The govt has done what you want and it’s still not good enough. A Sinckers is an academic, hasn’t worked a day in his life. Wouldn’t know one end of a shovel from a tea trolley.

  29. John Mc

    The govt has done what you want

    The irony of our two-party centrist system is that most significant reforms towards free markets come from the ‘left’ (if you can call it that) eg. these foreign workers, the Hawke-Keating economic reforms, and lots of the moves towards big government seem to come from the ‘right’ eg. total tax-take and growth of the public service under Howard!

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