I refer with interest to the Ninemsn article today "Skilled Australians' departure at record". I really loved (not) the quoted senator's response of "...These latest figures also reflect the current global demand for skills and the internationalisation of the labour market as part of the broader process of globalisation..."

Two things here. Firstly that statement says and means absolutely nothing to me. Can anyone explain what he just said? Anyone?...Anyone?...Bueller?...

Secondly. I am one of these people who have left this year. I never left simply because my skills were in demand overseas. They were in demand in Australia too! I left because of two main reasons:

1. I wanted a lifestyle change and to be involved in a product development team here at MSFT.

2. Australia is an exceptionally expensive place to live. Australians are taxed much more and pay more for everything. You dont realise until you leave. Even Maccas is expensive in Australia...and Maccas is a very good indication of the cost of living in a country. Just check and compare the price of a Happy Meal from country to country and it tells a lot...

So I left for two reasons that arent identified here in the senator's ambiguous statement. I left because of a lack of interesting opportunities and because I just wanted a better deal. And I can tell you...even after nearly three months here that nearly everything is cheaper here. Tax is waaayyyy less. Food, retail items, cars, petrol....its all cheaper here....Im loving it! :)

And I have tons of friends doing the same. They leave to make money and benefit from the increased opportunities and then come back...much later. Though is that what Australia really wants? A bunch of people that leave for greener pastures and come back to retire? Hmm...lets think about it for a minute...