On ABC 666 radio yesterday, some supposed expert was telling the morning show that the apparent skills shortage in ACT should be alleviated by relaxing work visa regulations to encourage more people from overseas. Part of the discussion was about how ACT has the lowest unemployment rate, at 3.2%, against 4.99% for the Nation. But doesn’t that highlight a fairly important point, and potential solution, that seems to have slipped right by their expert?
Yep – unemployment is higher elsewhere in our own country, people are looking for work – they are just not looking here.
Without having to resort to solutions that also increase the already unsustainable population, what we need is a campaign to get people to think about Canberra.
Canberra is a great place, with a postcard everywhere you turn. Unlimited career development potential, not crowded, stuff all traffic problems. Just ugly housing everywhere you turn.
So shouldn’t we be running awareness campaigns in Sydney and Melbourne getting people to think about living and working in Canberra? Adelaide has been running these sorts of campaigns for a while now – see whether they’ve been successful, and go for it. There is a resource right there – just tap into it!
And anyway, back to this supposed skills shortage: why am I getting sick of writing job applications and doing interviews, if there are so few people looking? No – don’t answer that!