Before I begin this post I would like to thank the local Waranaijaiajia tribe who are the traditional owners of the land upon which this computer hard drive officially stands, next to a small pile of VB beer cans, a load of cardboard, some four by twos, and a tin thunder-box. I might have made that tribal name up, but then again we’re good at making up stuff for the aborigines. Like “welcome to country” ceremonies, dot paintings, aboriginal flags, and assorted mutant messages from down-under.
The big news here in Australia this week has been the government’s announced crackdown of the exploitation of the 457 visa program. Quite simply, it’s been rorted into the ground by hordes of sub-continental types. The visa program was intended for employers to source foreign workers if jobs could not be filled by Australians due to a lack of technical expertise. Surprise, surprise, but it now emerges that taxi drivers, service station attendants, hospitality workers, and hairdressers are amongst the occupations that have been filled with barely literate peasants from India, amongst other places.
A year on this visa and they could apply for permanent residency which hundreds of thousands have already done. We have filled our country with people who come from low trust societies, the effect of which is to gradually transform our own society from one that was high trust to one that is not so high anymore. One of the crucial distinctions between successful and unsuccessful cultures is the level of trust. High trust cultures flourish while low trust cultures remain backward shitholes. The city of Melbourne alone receives 100,000 new arrivals every year. We do not need these people. Our roads are full to overflowing, our infrastructure is falling apart, our housing prices are through the roof, and yet they continue to bring them in.
Enough lamentations already. On with this week’s links and hawtness.