Temporary migrants have made significant positive contributions to Australia, both economically and socially. Temporary skilled migrants ensure that skills needs are met when Australian workers are not available to fill demand, so that businesses can continue to be successful. International students and working holiday makers (both of are not considered temporary skilled migrants, but have work rights) similarly contribute significantly to our economy. Importantly, temporary migrants facilitate ongoing cultural exchange, and cultural exchanges are a large part of Australia’s identity as a diverse nation. These benefits should be recognised, and should be reflected in both policy and rhetoric around temporary migration.