Kristina Keneally
Labor Senator Kristina Keneally (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Migration, and particularly temporary migration, is emerging as a key issue in the shape of the post-pandemic Australian economy, and the idea is deeply worrying to business and supporters of neoliberalism.

Kristina Keneally's weekend suggestion that post-pandemic migration policy should be different to our pre-virus emphasis on high permanent and temporary migration induced an immediate and hysterical reaction today from the Financial Review, which accused her of sounding like Pauline Hanson.

The froth-mouthed reaction from the editor of the AFR is informative, however -- it illustrates just how crucial high immigration is for neoliberalism.