[LINK] ACS policy?
Tue, 03 Sep 2002 18:59:21 +1000
The last paragraph of this news item may offer food
for thought for our Australian Computer Society, and
Linkers. Is ACS policy perhaps indeed protectionism?
(Common disclaimer about shooting the messenger etc)
Woo Migrants or Perish, Warns IT leader
By Nathan Cochrane
September 3 2002
Australia will perish unless it imports more skilled migrants to overcome
a crisis in imagination and economic activity, says .. Indian-born Roach,
who is chairman of Fujitsu Australia ..
"Immigrants also provide that magical and essential ingredient, which is
diversity," he says. "Diversity encourages creativity and innovation, the
primary drivers of income and wealth creation in the information age."
Roach believes Australia needs to decide whether to follow the example
of the United States or Japan. Whereas the US has built its fortunes on a
steady flow of migrants, especially from India and China, Japan has remained
homogenous and has stagnated.
The attitude of industry groups such as the Australian Computer Society,
of which Roach is a fellow, and which believe immigration should stall during
the IT recession, smacks of old-fashioned protectionism, Roach says.
Cheers all ..
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