Australian International Education and Immigration, a Racial Debate?
There is an obvious contrast between the government’s accommodation of miners (covering the top three export industries) and its apparent indifference to concerns within Australia’s fourth largest export industry, international education. Indeed, one could be forgiven for concluding that government views international education as a liability compared with the extractive industries.
Certainly, it is unthinkable that the international education industry could help bring down a prime minister or have a tax radically modified.
Of course, international education is not located totally (or even mainly) in the private sector, so funding hard-hitting anti-government ads is not an option. And, compared with the concentration of mining in certain electorates, the international education workforce is dispersed through a variety of locations without the potential to sway the result in any particular seat.