ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN
Research released today by the BankWest Curtin Economics Centre shows once again that Australia is failing to fully harness the potential of our diversity.
The new research shows that 60 per cent of migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds are working in jobs that don't match their skill levels.
The skills mismatch is wasting the abilities of more than 700,000 qualified migrants and is costing the Australian economy an estimated $6 billion a year. Migrants from China, Japan and Korea are the worst affected.
This is denying these people the chance to fulfil their potential, and it is holding all of us back.
So where is Scott Morrison when it comes to advocating for the benefits of inclusion?
This report builds on a recent Deloitte / SBS report which showed that inclusion could be worth $12.7 billion to the Australian economy.
While the report highlights the overall benefits of immigration, it also demonstrates the policy failures of the Morrison Government, including the devaluing of migrant and settlement services and its refusal to release the Shergold review into regional resettlement.
The Morrison Government just doesn't get modern multicultural Australia.