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100 days since last people smuggling venture reached Australia

Tuesday, 04 November 2014

The latest Operation Sovereign Borders update released today revealed the month of October also passed without a people smuggling venture reaching Australia meaning it has been 100 days since the last venture arrived, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison said today.

“October passed without a successful people smuggling venture – the ninth month without a venture so far this year – and today marks 100 days since the last arrival,” Minister Morrison said.

“The Coalition Government’s strong border protection policies, including turn backs of illegal boats, are continuing to get the results we said they would get. The last and only people smuggling venture to arrive this year was in July.


Sanctioned agent detail: Issa, Issam

Decision Summary

The Office of the MARA received 8 complaints about the agent’s conduct and the immigration assistance he provided to Protection visa applicants. These complaints were from individual clients, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Refugee Review Tribunal and the NSW Legal Services Commissioner. The complaints alleged that the agent encouraged and assisted his clients to lodge applications for Protection visas with claims that were fabricated. The agent’s migration practice was predominantly in relation to preparation and lodgement of Protection visa applications. In its investigation, the Office of the MARA considered the agent’s practice more broadly and analysed samples of the agent’s client files, departmental files and Tribunal files. This analysis revealed that the agent had an established pattern of poor practices which breached the Code of Conduct.


Premium investor visa (PIV) to promote innovation

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said that direct investment in residential real estate would not be a complying investment under the government’s proposed new Premium Investor Visa (PIV).

The PIV would offer a more expeditious pathway for international investors to permanent residency as compared to the existing Significant Investor Visa (SIV). Under the PIV a 12 month pathway to permanent residency would be available for investors meeting a $15 million threshold in an eligible investment.

At present SIVs are available for applicants making an eligible investment in Australia of at least A$5 million for a minimum of four years.


Migration agent banned after coaching client to be gay at home of Mardi Gras



The migration agent was found to have told clients to be homosexual or change their religion so they were a better prospect of being granted a visa.

A SYDNEY migration agent has been banned for allegedly taking a client to Oxford Street and Kings Cross to learn how to be gay so he could apply for a protection visa.

The Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) found lawyer and agent Issam Sam Issa encouraged and assisted clients to fabricate claims for protection visas to improve their chances of staying in Australia.

Mr Issa was found to have told clients to be homosexual or change their religion so they were a better prospect of being granted a visa.


Message from the MIA National President

The Rt. Hon Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC (1916-2014)

The Rt. Hon. Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC, former barrister and prime minister died yesterday morning. I don’t think there are sufficient words that could describe one of Australia’s greatest icons, leader and legend. Mr Whitlam always fought for social justice and equity and based his policies for Australia on his experience in working with his western suburbs electorate of Werriwa in New South Wales.


Low cost ‘parent visas’ reinstated but 25 year wait times remain

By Sacha Payne

26 SEP 2014 – 9:16 AM UPDATED 26 SEP 2014 – 1:27 PM

The Greens have successfully challenged the government’s decision to scrap low cost “parent visas” for migrants.

But while visa applications will now be cheaper, long wait times for applications to be processed means some elderly parents may never make it to Australia.

The government scrapped the “non-contributory” parent visas, which cost around $2,500 per person, in July, which left the “contributory visas” as the only option, at a cost of around $50,000 per parent.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the change was unfair and successfully moved in the Senate to have the visas reinstated.

“This measure that the government had tried to introduce, was just plain mean,” Ms Hanson-Young said.


Employers playing crucial role in skilled migration screening

20 October 2014, 3.38am BST

Hielke Buddelmeyer

Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at University of Melbourne


This article is based on the discussion paper When General Skills Are Not Enough (melbourneinstitute.com/downloads/working_paper_series/wp2014n21.pdf) joint with Sarah Voitchovsky and Justin van de Ven, which itself was inspired by the report Graduate Employment Outcomes for International Students (melbourneinstitute.com/downloads/labour/1-12_FINAL_REPORT.pdf) commissioned and funded by the then Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). Hielke Buddelmeyer came to Australia on a 457 temporary visa in 2003, obtained permanent residency under the employer nominated scheme in 2005 and later became an Australian citizen. Hielke is a member of the Institute of Public Affairs.


Disgust over ‘You will not make Australia home’ anti-immigration ad

Published: 10:01AM Monday October 20, 2014

Source: ONE News

The Australian government has released a controversial anti-immigration poster – which Australian customs says is to stop people smuggling.

The images and wording in the poster display a ship in rough seas with the words, “No way. You will not make Australia home”. It will be published in 17 languages, but online reaction to the ad has been severe.

“I am absolutely disgusted in your ‘you will not make Australia home” video – you make me so ashamed to be Australian,” said Amy Clarke in a post to the Australian customs’ Twitter account.


Cambodians protest Australia refugee deal

17 OCT 2014 – 6:35PM

Cambodian minister of Interior Sar Kheng (R) changes documents with Australian Minister of Immigration Scott Morrison (L) during a signing ceremony at the Ministry of Interior 

By Greg Dyett

More than 1,000 Cambodians including monks, students, victims of land eviction and representatives of unions and non-government organisations have marched in Phnom Penh’s streets to demand the abolition of the refugee resettlement deal signed by Cambodian and Australian governments to permanently resettle refugees from Nauru in Cambodia.

Protesters have delivered their petitions to Cabinet, National Assembly, Australian embassy, American embassy, UN and EU.

They were seeking local and international intervention in cancelling this agreement which they said was not beneficial to either the Cambodian people or the refugees.


Asylum seekers: Andrew Wilkie takes Australia to international criminal court

MP names Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison and the rest of cabinet in letter to ICC alleging crimes against humanity

Shalailah Medhora

theguardian.com, Wednesday 22 October 2014 02.32 BST

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has asked the international criminal court to investigate the Abbott government’s treatment of asylum seekers. Photograph: Stefan Postles/AAP

Andrew Wilkie has written to the international criminal court (ICC) asking it to investigate the Abbott government for crimes against asylum seekers.

The independent Tasmanian MP has sent the application, naming the prime minister, Tony Abbott, and his 19-member cabinet, including the immigration minister, Scott Morrison.