Regular commenter Mark T commented on my post yesterday on the changes to the 457 visas in Australia.
If foreign immigrants are being employed as taxi drivers, service station attendants, hospitality workers, and hairdressers; then it’s generally because they are doing the job better than what locals could, or for a wage lower than what locals would accept. It’s a well known truism amongst NZ private sector employers that for certain jobs (particularly those requiring hard physical work), the work ethic and trustworthiness of foreigners is generally far superior to what you get from Kiwis – if you can even find a Kiwi even wanting to take the job. Their presence benefits not only the employer but the economy generally.
Before I could respond another regular commenter Mr Black chimed in with his take.
And again we see the corrosive and poisonous effect of a welfare state, removing incentives or even the need for work.
Exactly. The first commenter is not alone in this delusion but like so many he is mistaking a symptom for a cause. The reason that so many Australians and Kiwis are not prepared to work is because under our most generous welfare states they simply don’t have to. They are not hungry. I have spoken about welfare before.
There used to be a stigma attached to welfare. It was a shameful thing to admit that you were receiving financial support from your fellow citizens. Remember that – from your fellow citizens, not the government.
So we roll out a stupidly generous welfare state and when employers have trouble finding people motivated to work the government solves this problem by creating another one, namely allowing in hundreds and thousands of people who do not share our culture, nor our political viewpoints, nor our way of life.
People need to remember that it was not very difficult finding people to work 40 years ago. Nor was it particularly difficult to find work. With the rise of the welfare state that has gradually changed. Globalism is a response to the problems that the welfare state has created, but in turn it offers no solutions but only even more problems.
The other reason that governments love to solve perceived population issues by bringing in foreign workers is because they receive an immediate tax benefit. If a nation’s citizens have babies then the government does not see a taxable income from those babies for 18 years if not longer.
These problems are all interconnected and they stem from the welfare state. It is the right move for the government to crack down on these 457 visa clowns but it is also critical to understand that the skills shortage will only be solved internally when people are motivated to go out and find a job. Until that happens then we will continue to be a nation of bludgers.