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Tough visa stance fails to win Labor support

Mark Kenny, Senior political correspondent:

Julia Gillard’s claim that foreigners are pushing Australians to the back of the jobs queue, appears to have been deliberately targeted at a specific group of voters with new research showing four out of 10 people believe there are too many foreigners admitted under the skilled temporary migration visa program. (more…)

Implement Knight Review Recommendations – Student Cancellation Action

The Department of Immigration & Citizenship will be implementing a recommendation of the Knight Review to remove the mandatory cancellation of Student visas relating to unsatisfactory attendance, progress and working in excess of hours allowed (Knight Review Recommendations 24 and 25):  (more…)

Fair Work Inspectors to monitor rogue 457 employers

Joint Media Release by The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP and Minister for Immigration and Citizenship The Hon Bill Shorten MP:


The Fair Work Ombudsman will strengthen official efforts to deal with rogue employers who misuse 457 visas, to ensure more checks are undertaken and more suspicious activity is picked up and stopped. (more…)

Employers Want A

Employers want a ‘cheapie, just arrived off the boat’, Aussie IT workers told:


 More about Subclass 457 visa changes from the Sydney Morning Herald:

While IT figureheads are in high dudgeon over Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s call for a crackdown on rorting and abuse of the 457 temporary visa system, local IT workers says she’s on the money. (more…)

457 visas – the picture for rural Australia

Article by Rural Reporters:

457 worker visas play an important role in rural Australia.

Everything from welding to engineering, abattoirs to fruit picking.

The current debate over 457 visas at a federal level has largely centred on the urban workforce, but regional industries say they’re being left out. (more…)