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Foreign-born population (As a percentage of total population – 2011 or latest available year) Source: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Key statistics on migration in OECD countries, Stocks and flows of immigrants, 2001–2011, Table A.4. Stocks of foreign-born population in OECD countries and the Russian Federation; Austrade Switzerland AUSTRALIA Israel New Zealand Canada Ireland Austria Sweden Belgium Spain Germany USA Norway UK France Netherlands Italy Portugal Denmark Russia Greece Finland Hungary Chile Poland Mexico Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the OECD. The availability of multilingual, culturally diverse and highly skilled personnel means Australia offers access to a workforce well equipped with the cultural understanding and language capabilities to service international businesses in their own languages. Index of economic freedom world ranking 2014 Hong Kong (1) Singapore (2) AUSTRALIA (3) Switzerland (4) New Zealand (5) Canada (6) Chile (7) Mauritius (8) Ireland (9) Denmark (10) USA (12) UK (14) Netherlands (15) Taiwan (17) Germany (18) Japan (25) UAE (28) South Korea (31) Malaysia (37) Spain (49) France (70) Thailand (72) Italy (86) Philippines (89) Indonesia (100) Brazil (114) India (120) China (137) Russia (140) Vietnam (147) Economic Freedom Score 80 - 100 Free 70 - 79.9 Mostly Free 60 - 69.9 Moderately Free 50 - 59.9 Mostly Unfree 0 - 49.9 Repressed The 2014 Index of Economic Freedom covers 186 economies and measures 10 components of economic freedom (Business Freedom, Trade Freedom, Fiscal Freedom, Government Spending, Monetary Freedom, Investment Freedom, Financial Freedom, Property Rights, Freedom from Corruption and Labour Freedom). The 10 component scores are equally weighted and averaged to get an overall economic freedom score for each economy. The number in brackets in the chart indicates the country’s world ranking. Sources: The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, 2014 Index of Economic Freedom; Austrade Australia’s policies create an environment of economic freedom. Australia ranks third in the 2014 index of economic freedom, a position held for the past six years. The survey states that ‘openness to global trade and investment is firmly institutionalised, supported by a relatively efficient entrepreneurial framework and a well-functioning independent judiciary. Australia has a strong tradition of reliable property rights protection, and the legal system is transparent and evenly applied’. It also states that Australia continues to benefit significantly from its transparent and efficient business environment, and open-market policies. 44 The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia


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