Importing skills: the economic imperative

Importing skills: the economic imperative

WA
Nov 10
Join CEDA for the release of our final research report for 2016, Migration: the economic debate, for this insightful examination of Australia's migration program. Does the migration program require changes to sustain national economic development while maintaining social cohesion and community support?

Speakers

Reg Howard-Smith, Chief Executive, The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia
Elizabeth Brennan, Company Secretary and Board Director representing Western Australia, Australian Women in Agriculture
Dean Parham, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

Event overview

Australia is a nation of immigrants; a quarter of the population was born overseas – the highest percentage in the world after Israel. The focus on skilled migration is generally perceived to have served Australia well. Migration was essential for Western Australia to capitalise on the mining boom, with net overseas migration peaking at over 48,000 people in 2008. Migrant workers continue to be an important resource for companies in sectors such as construction, health and aged care, agriculture and hospitality. 

However, an over reliance on poorly regulated components of the migration program, substantial pools of relatively unregulated temporary migrants, racial rhetoric by some commentators and terrorism fears are undermining community acceptance of Australia’s migration program.

At this event, CEDA’s speakers will put forward the economic case for migration in the context of today’s political and social environment.

All guests will receive a copy of Migration: the economic debate.

Meet the keynote speaker

Reg Howard-Smith
Chief Executive, The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia

Meet the speakers

Elizabeth Brennan
Company Secretary and Board Director representing Western Australia, Australian Women in Agriculture

Dean Parham
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

Alex Paterson
Co-Managing Partner, Australia and New Zealand, Fragomen Worldwide

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