Simply posting the article, I have no real opinion. Suffice to say, I don't believe paying cheap overseas labour to get the projects completed is the answer.
A case in point, seen today on a building site in Sydney.And how many highly paid white collar parasites orchestrated this poetry in motion?
The work being done - remove soil from site, and place in a skip.
The equipment in use - a machine on crawler track that carries a wheelbarrow load at a time. The crawler limits speed to a level similar to my aged mother on her walking frame.
The team - a wheelbarrow driver, a guy with a shovel (to smooth out the pile on the skip, when not waiting), two lollipop people to open and close gates on the footpath for the occasional pedestrian.
The result- a team of four people and a machine, moving soil at about half the rate a 60-year old guy (me) with a traditional wheelbarrow could do.
That’s progress and value for money.
Cost of labour - huge money paid on building sites for manual workers.
Cost of non-jobs - an entire industry has been created of lollipop-wielding backpackers (mainly ladies), plus another industry training said backpackers in how to wield said lollipops, plus another industry accrediting the training institutions who provide said training.
Similar could be said about multiple safety officers whose role, protecting life and limb, sounds essential - yet men are still dying on building sites despite the overwhelming attention (said to be) paid by the unions to this issue. (flippant comment - the ladies don’t seem to suffer this issue - perhaps because of the nature of work they perform in order to boost females-on-building-sites stats - end of flippant comment)
Cost of multiple levels of consultants - covering feasibility (see Inland Rail forums for example), environmental impact, indigenous impact.