In recent decades, objection to the high immigration has been smeared by the "politically correct" and phony left political groups as "racist" and loudly denounced. This has helped make it possible for governments to impose record high rates of immigration. As a result, native Australian workers have suffered higher living costs, particularly for housing, and reduced wages as a result of more competition for work. One group that has suffered more than most is nurses and nursing assistants. Already, thanks to 'reforms' by 'Labor' governments beginning in 1983, they were forced to train at their own expense at university or TAFE, where they had previously been provided with on-the-job training and career structure. Their circumstances have since been made even worse by having been discriminated against in favour of ever larger numbers of immigrant workers. The included article by one currently unemployed nurse's assistant (AIN) was first posted here as a comment.
Hello, I'm writing in regards to what recently happened. I am a skilled assistant in nursing certificate 3 and 4 in facility and home care trained.
I have many years experience within this field, however many would say that this job is I quote "undesirable" but I know of many Australians loving this rewarding job as nursing care staff. I applied like so many fellow AIN's for jobs within the age care sector as I am fully qualified and ready to start ASAP, speak fluent English and have my own car and no other responsibilities, but time and time again I do not get the job I have applied for 58 this month alone and still nothing.
They say there is a job shortage and there is a high demand for nursing staff but obviously not as I am along with many others are still unemployed. I recently applied for a job locally as my friends work within that facility however yet again, to my dismay, no result, I asked my friends who got hired and they said about 12 African people just got hired to my amazement my friends told me that they know little English and can not communicate well with other staff or patients and they had just finished their fast tracked certificate in aged care.
I am not racist or ignorant. I do believe in equality, but I am shocked as I am more qualified have prior experience and can communicate well in English. This is a must in nursing as miss-communications or negligence regarding medications can cause death this is completely dangerous to have non English speaking personal as staff because if they can not speak the language how can they read it? Potentially this is negligent for health and safety.
I wanted to endeavor more into this as I believe that this is taking away the jobs from locals and people who were born here in Australia as well as the potentially harmful to patients and that is clearly wrong. I asked a few questions around to see what was really going on as there must have been more to this and there was.
The government issues a bounty on all of the migrants to work in these "undesirable" jobs as an incentive to gain employment, in short the government pays for them to be there.
I believe now with these schemes going on more and more Australians are going to find it constantly harder to gain future employment within Australia. I feel this is wrong and unjust. However this is not their fault it is the our Governments not thinking about long term? I am outraged by this that I am going further with my issue regarding employment because something has to change. I do not want to be on welfare, but I am forced to I rely on the government.
Editorial comment: Thank you, Toria, for sharing with us and our readers your experiences as a trainee nurse. It is most informative and insightful. I recall how, in New South Wales around 1983, the then state 'Labor' Government of Premier Neville Wran and the Federal 'Labor' government of Bob Hawke started to dismantle of the system which enabled nurses to train whilst being paid a living wage and living in subsidised accommodation. Nursing was supposedly 'professionalised' by requiring nurses to attend university and live on the inadequate Austudy student allowance in place of the modest trainee nurse wage. There was no subsidized accommodation.
Then in 1986 (the very year I started University as a mature student) the Federal Hawke 'Labor' government further burdened nurses when it began to dismantle Australia's free tertiary education system. It introduced the so-called "Higher Education Contribution Scheme" (HECS). In order to attend university, students were asked to sign a form which gave the Federal Government the right deduct a 'contribution' to their tertiary eduction from any wages for current or future paid employment. Some refused to sign the forms. The government's response was to make each student legally liable for that debt until it was paid off at some future date.
At least those native Australians, who put themselves through all that hard work and who had incurred debt, to attain a nursing qualification were, up until then, assured of employment and a career path, but that has now changed also. Most native Australia workers are being trampled upon by the ruling elites, but nurses are treated worse than most. They have allowed nurses from foreign countries to be employed in place of native Australian nurses. Many are unable to find work and those who do, are systematically discriminated against.
Subject was: Charity starts at home first and foremost. This was posted at 14:28 +1000 on 26 June 2013. Unfortunately, it was hard to see amongst the spam comments. My apologies. - Ed, 01:51, 27 June.