A sociologist who used his PhD to paint a grim picture of Australia’s future has been slammed for his “dreadfully” worded analysis of Australia.
Professor David Hughes of the University of Melbourne’s School of Sociology and International Relations, who is known for his analysis of Australian immigration policy, told the ABC he was not trying to make a moral judgment on the Government’s new policy.
“I was trying to look at how things are going to play out and what the outcomes would be,” Professor Hughes said.
“The problem with it is it’s not really a moral question because we’ve had a very positive experience with the Australian Government.”
It’s a very bad outcome for the nation as a whole, and the consequences are quite grim.
“Professor Hughes said he had hoped his research would “lead to an analysis of the best possible solutions” to the immigration crisis.”
What I’ve really found is that it’s very difficult to do that and that’s the problem,” he said.
Professor Hughes, who was born in China, arrived in Australia as a child and studied at the University, but his dissertation focused on the migrant community in Australia.
His dissertation was based on data from the Australian Crime Commission and the Australian Social Trends Research Institute.
He said the data did not reflect a representative sample of migrant households, and he said that the statistics he used were “dysfunctional” and “not representative”.”
What you’ve got is a very poor picture of the welfare state in Australia,” he told the BBC.”
You have families that are living on very modest incomes, and that makes it very difficult for families to live independently.
“So when you look at the numbers of people that are coming in from China, and you look to the Chinese and say, well, if that’s how they’re going to live, then why do they need visas?”‘
The problem is it isn’t representative’Professor Hughes’ research was based in part on data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which is based in Melbourne and covers the whole country.
He had used data from a survey conducted by the Chinese Immigrant Council in 2012.
“We were very concerned about what we saw was an underrepresentation of Chinese people in the Australian population,” Professor Higgins said.”[It was] really disappointing that there was no representation in our data.”
Professor Higgins said he did not want to be “politically correct” and had been careful not to use the word “minority” to describe his results.
“If you’re going around saying that we’re going backwards in the welfare system, then that’s not fair to those who are still here and in the community,” he explained.
“But there’s really no point in saying we’re backwards when you don’t have a representation.”
Professor David Higgins was quick to stress his research was not political.
“There are no statistics about what’s going on, but what I’m finding is that the problem is that there isn’t a representative population,” he argued.
Professor Higgins described the data as “disfunctional” as it was “based on data that was not representative”.
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