Very well put. Interpreters will surely be out of jobs in the next decade or so. So will translators. I am a professional writer and was somewhat struggling with the grammatical-type questions and tense questions they have in IELTS. I mean you should have a basic amount of English coming here to Australia, but I believe there is definitely some sort of white-Australia policy being secretly applied.There is racism everywhere. Yes, it exists in Australia. It's not like it was when I was a kid, when we openly called people "wogs" and "******", thank goodness. But whilst it's more obvious when it comes from the rich, white nations, it exists in every part of the world. I live and work in Philippines, and I get treated differently because I'm Australian. I'm not allowed to buy land here, and if I ended up in a legal battle with a local I'd need to watch out. I knew a Chinese girl from Singapore a few years ago who fell in love with an American. Her sister told me their parents "Didn't want her to marry a caucasian". You don't hear that said out loud in Australia anymore!
However, when you scratch the surface you see that racism still exists beneath the veil of political-correctness. It certainly exists in immigration, and the fact is there are no votes to be gained by politicians making it easier for migrants to arrive. There's no question that it's harder for those from third-world countries to get into Australia, and the standards get higher and higher. Increasing IELTS test requirements is one of those areas. I'd suspect most white Aussies from the western suburbs would have trouble passing!
They're bringing in mandatory IELTS scores of 7.0 for new Registered Migration Agents. This will apply to existing agents too in a couple of years. Which means that an agent who had been working, say, 100% of his/her time with Chinese clients for the last 20 years could suddenly lose their registration because they can't achieve IELTS 7.0! How DOES a 57yr old Chinese, Indian, Hungarian, etc etc person suddenly gain IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening? Their accent will somehow disappear?
What happens to those future Chinese clients who prefer to speak to a professional in their own language? Do they end up having to struggle through an interpreter and try to deal with an English-speaker? Or maybe they just give up and don't migrate at all? End result? Less applicants from non-English speaking countries. White Australia Policy by stealth!