Government’s contempt for the united will hurt the economy: McKibbin

“We are very concerned about the loss of jobs and the loss of economic activity surrounding the education sector. International education is a driver of highly skilled jobs, ”said Ms. Lambert.

“Higher education is a driver of highly skilled jobs across the economy, because universities are based everywhere. It’s not just a steel plant in Whyalla or Port Kembla. We are talking about 41 universities, as well as private providers, offering highly skilled jobs across the economy.

“It’s not just blue collars versus white collars. This is a bias in the political class and also in the community that places more value on people who make things than they produce ideas. Which is interesting, because the Australian economy is predominantly a service sector economy. “

Professor McKibbin said he can already see the impact of the job losses.

“The workloads are increasing and the number of students is probably going to be multiplied by two or three for a single teacher. The quality of education will definitely go down, ”said Professor McKibbin.

He said the government’s contempt for the sector seemed strange given that most ministers had a university education.

“It’s similar to what the Trump administration and the Republicans were trying to do – stun the people,” he said. There was now a debate “on how the left got the upper hand” and was diverting young minds from the right.

“Most ministers were educated at university, so that’s where their human capital comes from. They must have had very bad experiences individually, otherwise why would they destroy the future prosperity of the country knowing full well how important education is? “

Jennifer Westacott, chief executive of the Business Council of Australia, said the only way to get international students back would require cooperation between businesses, educational institutions and governments.

“The national cabinet can help support the education sector by crafting a clear plan with specific goals and timetables to lift restrictions and send a clear signal that Australia is open for business for international students who are now considering their options. “

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