Briefing Notes

Briefing notes

30 November 2021

Is there a shortage of skilled workers?

Recently there have been calls for a large increase in the skilled migrant intake as borders reopen. This Briefing Note, (PDF) prepared by Leith van Onselen, Chief Economist at Macrobusiness, examines the evidence for claimed skill shortages and looks at the effects of pre-pandemic immigration policies which were intended to address these shortages. Findings of …

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22 November 2021

Different survey methods, different results: What do Australians really think about immigration numbers?

Two recent opinion surveys about Australians’ attitudes to immigration numbers yielded markedly differing results. This Briefing Note analyses the reasons for this. There are important implications for survey design and interpretation of results. Analysis of these two surveys suggest people do not want to return to the pre-pandemic trends of extreme population growth generated by …

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