An awkward time to mention migration

When economies hit roadbumps, skilled migration takes on a very different light. That makes the government's disbanding of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency a little suspicious.

While all media attention is focused on Scott Morrison's hard-line approach to asylum seekers, an economically more important part of the immigration portfolio is getting scant attention.

A week ago the independent body set up to work out what skills Australia has, what it should import and how to develop home-grown skills, was quietly disbanded and its functions rolled into the Department of Industry.

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