Now take a look at the cuts being made by Joh Bjelke Newman in job skilling across Queensland. Big cuts at Cairns TAFE (at least two construction-related courses, electrician and carpenter, are losing staff). Skilling Queensland is being gutted. We should be ramping up TAFE and related construction training.
Where are the thousands (9000-16,000) of skilled construction workers going to come from?
The James Packer Barangaroo Casino project ("only" $1B) is said to need over a thousand "guest workers". Aquis will require thousands more for timely construction. The cost of finance forces big projects like this to build 24/7 so that costs can be recouped more quickly, and Australia clearly doesn't have thousands of idle workers available to build this project.
Local engineering firms like Arup have thousands of workers worldwide, and they've already begun offloading Aquis work into other Arup offices.
Campbell Newman cleverly announced the final piece of this puzzle yesterday. In a press conference at the end of the Queensland Plan meetings, he's announced that he wants "an immigration deal for Queensland to take migrants if they agree to settle in regional Queensland".
The Tony Fung Aquis Employment Act.
With James Cook University increasing its outreach for Chinese students (the visas for which generally result in few real students but lots of prostitutes to service the town), the only question remaining is: how many jobs will actually go to locals?
It won't be a big number. . . . .
The headline on the Aquis website says "Creating a Global City". Reminds me of the episode of Twilight Zone, "To Serve Man".