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This is why the myth of the “Australian points-based system” is so damaging

The British right doesn't really want Australia's immigration system. In fact, it's the Australian right that wants Britain's

By Philippa Hetherington  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Photo: PA

Along with “Get Brexit Done” and “oven-ready,” few soundbites have been as ubiquitous in Boris Johnson’s recent rhetoric than “Australian points-based system.” In practical terms, it refers to a migration system organised around assigning ‘points’ to desirable professional skills. In political terms, the phrase stands in for taking back control of Britain’s borders. Today’s announcement of new visas for ‘highly-skilled’ migrants is billed as the first step in this Australian system’s implementation in Britain.

Recently, Priti Patel made the (spurious) claim that when…

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