In the modern world, a nation’s wealth is as much identified by its intellectual strength as by natural resources Nations like Singapore or South Korea or Japan lack extensive natural resources, but they have developed a modern intellectual society in which educated people enable success in the market place of ideas. Australian MP Kelvin Thomson is upset that foreign students come to Australia, receive an education and then dare to request permanent residency. For some reason, this man of ignorance would prefer spending Australian intellectual resources to educate people and then send them back home. After all, who needs scientists or mathematicians or excellent medical staff, send them back home and deprive the Aussies of these valuable human resources.
Australia currently has a $15.5 billion education market which attracts bright students from throughout the world. Many seek to remain after completing their education and add to the intellectual base of Australia. Oh well, where ignorance is bliss, keep your mouth shut!