Elliott To Chair Committee Inquiry Into Skilled Migration

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott today announced the Legislative Assembly Committee on Economic Development, which he chairs, will commence an Inquiry into skill shortages in NSW.

 “Despite the dogwhistle comments by members of the Gillard Government, the NSW Government is interested in taking a constructive approach to skilled migration in order to ensure the continued growth of our state’s economy,” Mr Elliott said.

 “A lack of specialists in some areas is constraining economic growth in NSW.

 “Skilled migration is one way to address these shortages, and the Committee will be examining the value of skilled migration to the NSW economy.”

 The Inquiry will identify gaps and areas of need in industries and communities, with a particular focus on regional communities.

 “In some parts of NSW the shortage of specialists such as engineers or doctors is critical,” Mr Elliott said.

 “This Inquiry will examine ways for government to assist in addressing skill shortages.

 “As part of a global economy, there is competition from many nations for the best and brightest.

 “New South Wales cannot sit idle while nations such as Canada and New Zealand are implementing policies and programmes designed to attract the world’s best at our expense.”

 Submissions to the Inquiry are requested by 21 June. Further information about the Inquiry can be obtained by visiting the Committee’s website at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/economicdevelopment, or by emailing baulkhamhills@parliament.nsw.gov.au .