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SKILLS CRISIS: Peter Coleman says Australia must integrate with Asia, not retreat into protectionism.

Skilled workers must go west: Woodside

Western Australia's business leaders, including Woodside's Peter Coleman, said today the state needs to focus on meeting its own skilled labour needs, as Queensland Premier Anna Bligh swooped on the state to poach WA workers.

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Perth
I don't personally agree with this and think it is very unfair. I am a CPA-qualified accountant with very high skills. I am an Australian citizen and have lived in Perth for seven years, trying hard to get a job in mining, oil and gas, and am ready to do FIFO or even work in any other commercial sectors. It is unfortunate nothing has come my way for many months. I can't understand why workers from overseas on temporary visa are needed to fill the 'skills shortage'. Why are people like me not the first to be employed? There are plenty like me here.

do you have any welding qualifications, driving experience with haul trucks or completed any short term courses relevant to a Trades Assistant position ? Not much use for a lot of CPA certified accountants in mining .

It says it right in the article. As if...the business' cared about the average Australian not working in these industries, and not in Perth. The business say the costs of wages are too high. The say there is a skill shortage, but the real answer is they want to relax immigration to lower wages. You are right, there are many including myself an MBA, (even with a local degree from Curtin) that have difficulty finding permanent work. There is some contract work out there, but it rarely leads to work with leave entitlements etc. In fact a friend of mine, Australian citizen, Australian CPA, with 20 years experience had to leave the country to find permanent work with a German firm. It boils down to "the sky is falling" argument. I really hope government sees through this absurdity.

Brisbane
I live in Brisbane and know several qualified engineers in QLD, myself included, who have to work overseas because there is not enough work here.

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