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Monday, 4 August 2014

Abbott to import more foreign workers

From Facebook site The Daily Telegraph Pole




While the Abbott government recruits Australia's youth for their "Green Army":

7th June 2014 - Foreign chefs, bricklayers and tilers will no longer require a sponsor to work in Australia come July in a bid by the Federal Government to fill labour and skills shortages.

The three professions have been added to the Skilled Occupation List which means workers do not have to be sponsored by employers for a permanent visa.

July 29th 2014 - The Abbott Government has taken three significant steps that undermine Australian participation in offshore oil and gas projects.

It has:

• Introduced a Bill to repeal the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activity) Act 2013 which was passed by the Parliament in 2013 to address a flaw in Australia’s migration law following a Federal Court judgement in the Allseas case that found that certain groups of workers were not within the migration zone and did not require visas to work in Australia;

• Introduced a Regulation under that Act that specified an inappropriate visa class as a work visa to conform with the Act (the Maritime Crew Visa, which is a transit visa for visiting international seafarers, not a work visa); and

• When the Senate rightly disallowed the regulation specifying that visa, introduced a Determination that effectively makes the Act null and void in complete disregard to the wishes of the Parliament.

And - Tony Abbott and his Liberal (and National Party) government have made adjustments to the 457 Visa regulation, allowing employers to again hire an unlimited amount of foreign workers with a temporary working visa. The reopening of this controversial is in stark contrast to the previous Labour government who who tightened regulation to prevent employers from hiring more workers then they originally advertised to the market.

Sources and read more:

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbotts-green-army-ready-to-march-but-its-not-work-for-the-dole-20140802-zzqqp.html

http://www.mua.org.au/maritime_unions_to_challenge_abbott_s_offshore_visa_mess

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2651275/End-sponsored-visas-foreign-chefs-bricklayers-tilers.html#ixzz39JBoK27H

http://www.457visacompared.com.au/457-visa-blog/abbott-loosens-457-regulation/

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