Right-wing cries that refugees arriving in Australia were incapable of
supporting themselves may have to be reconsidered in light of the latest
Australian export to Pakistan - videos of asylum-seeker interviews made by the
The videos can be purchased in Pakistan, and are presumably being used by
people considering purchasing an 'unofficial' ticket to Australia. The best way
to pass any test is to know the questions, and practice getting them
right. Pakistanis can watch the video and know what questions are likely to be
asked of them when they pretend to be from Afghanistan.
Film making has been subsidized by the government with the opening of Fox
Studios in Sydney, and the making of several block-buster films here,
But somehow it seems unlikely that this was what the government had in mind
when they started that project.
And while it's good to see our new arrivals embrace the spirit of capitalism so
quickly, it does raise a bit of a credibility problem for some
applicants. Apparently they have been known to say 'you're not supposed to
ask me that' in interviews.
It's also good to see potential immigrants taking such an interest in Australian
culture before they come. Some of the Australian Universities have campuses
overseas. Maybe they could offer courses in interview technique?
It's got to be more profitable than those boring old courses in Accounting.