Teubler was responding to ITCRA's claims that the government needs to increase the number of temporary working visas to address the "skills shortage" in the ICT industry. But no such shortage exists, he says in a column exclusive to ZDNet Australia.
"Based on my experience, it's getting more and more difficult for locals to compete against foreign professionals because the barriers, within Australia, keep getting higher and higher," he said.
"It's very clear that Australian ICT workers will continue to be disappointed and if we don't care for ourselves, who will," he asked.
At a recent meeting with business leaders and Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone on the 2005-2006 Migration Program, representatives from ITCRA included two contractor management companies, which have a vested interest in a higher volume of skilled migrant visas.
"These companies [obviously] stand to benefit from any increase in foreign workers," he said.