I did feel a bit affronted though, rightly or wrongly, that when you said that maybe 'only the native should work'. I know you were only playing with ideas but that was a horrible idea! Obviously there are many situations where applicants get a foot in the door because of someone they know or even because they have the 'right' accent but the idea that any system should deliberately weed out applicants because they are not Australian goes against what it is to be Australian, surely?
I think people have taken this whole argument a little personally (that's not directed at you, btw Misplaced!) and whilst I understand why it might make potential migrants reassess the timing of their migration, I don't think anyone should use this thread alone to permanently change their plans. Remember, this thread is using what we can see happening around us and how things have changed over some years to look at the future. That's all good but we might be too close to the situation to see clearly.
For those about to make the decision, use the thread, do as much research as you can and take on board that things here are not as rosy as they once were.....or may be again. Maybe wait if your situation is good in the UK and come out later. Or retain your home in the UK, come here and see how it goes? Migration is about attitude and I don't believe keeping a house in another country means you are not determined to make things work. If that's a ridiculously expensive idea, sorry :(
Ok! i'm doing my rambling thing again! Off to bed lol!