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Selecting what matters: skill shortages are no basis for picking permanent migrants

By Brendan Coates, Program Director, Economic Policy, Grattan Institute
Will Mackey, Senior Associate, Grattan Institute
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Australia should not target skills shortages when it selects workers for permanent residency.

That’s the firm conclusion from our new Grattan Institute report released this morning entitled Rethinking permanent skilled migration after the pandemic.

At present, the government allocates employer-sponsored and points-tested visas only to occupations deemed to be in short supply in “the…

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