Abbott is right to follow Gillard's jobs plan

In truth, Australia has both an unemployment crisis and a labour shortage at the same time. But immigration can help solve the problem.

In 2012 when the Gillard government approved the first ever ‘enterprise migration agreement’, the then-AWU boss Paul Howes hit the roof.

He called the scheme, which would have imported 1700 workers for Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill project, “a massive kick in the guts for those 130,000 manufacturing workers who have lost their jobs since 2008”.

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