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A lesson in complacency

Opinion: The government’s newfound interest in attracting foreign students to WA is welcome, but long overdue.


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Great article, Mark, absolutely spot on in every respect. I'm not sure the state government is for turning, though. You need to have the settings right to get private investment. By the time we correct the settings and then attract the investment, the next election will be upon us and Labor's first term will have been wasted in this regard.

The debacle over how we attract international students will be a case study for the next 100 years on how to get is wrong. The additional money international students contribute is what is creating growth across all capital cities in Australia, including Hobart and Adelaide. However, Perth on the same timezone, the closest city, and when I last looked out the window one of the most beautiful environments on the planet, is unable to articulate a simple but compelling message to come and study here. I have little confidence that a $2 million budget over five years will do the job; are we really orbiting the same planet? Oh, that's right, let's spend $200 million on extending the rail line from Armadale to Byford.

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