Mandy’s answer is to bring apprentices from overseas to fill this supposed gap in our work force smacks of racism, as if these young folk she intends to indenture would not have such like feelings for family and friends, I mean after all they ARE foreigners!
And within this puerile argument we need to recognize that the vast majority of those effected come from a growing underclass, the white Australian male. You know the ones, unlike their female contemporaries; with little infrastructure for societal support other than the penal system should they fall through the cracks.
Cheap labour is probably at the root of the Government’s argument. Keep the working poor in the glutted city market and increase their immigration figures. They might go fully sick on the idea once they rush through their IR laws and we become far South China-like with our national wages and entitlements dashed before our eyes.