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Opinion: When local jobs dry up, so too should 457 visa numbers

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The engineering profession has just struggled through 29 consecutive months of declining job vacancies and if the 457 visa system was working properly, we would also be seeing a big decline in the number of 457 visas granted to plug skills gaps in the engineering profession.

But we’re not.

The 457 visas exist to allow Australian companies to recruit the best skills for their projects on a needs basis.

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Scheme to help protect 457 visa workers from injuries quietly shelved

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Andy Zhang's arm is cased in skin-coloured bandages that mask the reality of the mangled flesh beneath.

It hangs by his side, lifelessly, as a permanent reminder of the six months he worked as a machine operator on a 457 visa in Melbourne's west, when he was allegedly exploited by his bosses and exposed to grave danger.

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Unions concerned about 457 visa changes

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PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will overhaul the skilled worker program as part of his innovation and competitiveness agenda because the government wanted the process to be more flexible for business.

The application process for the temporary visa program will be streamlined, and English language testing relaxed, Mr Abbott said.

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WA dairy workers paid less than eastern states counterparts - union

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WA dairy workers paid less than eastern states counterparts - union

Employees at a major Western Australian dairy factory are being paid up to 30 per cent less than their eastern states counterparts, but many are afraid to speak up because they are on foreign worker visas, the union says.

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Push for changes to 457 visas to simplify system

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NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the federal government's attacks on 457 visas had ''not been clever''.

''The last thing we want, if we are going to position Sydney as a global talent hub, is for there to be a perception that Australia doesn't welcome the sort of people we want to come here,'' he said.

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Visa campaign exposes hypocrisy in PM's office

© Age columnist Amanda Vanstone was minister for immigration in the Howard government.

Julia Gillard's promised crackdown on 457 visas is symbolic and symptomatic of every problem that is dogging the Labor Party today. It is bound to the unions, divisive, deceptive and desperate.

The 457 visa allows business to bring to Australia workers they need and cannot get here. It allows Australian business to grow bigger and stronger and in that way protects Australian jobs. The visa doesn't Australians to be put at the back of the queue and the Prime Minister knows that. Her promise therefore is hollow.

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Australian visa-holders on tenterhooks as politicians play race card

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Months ahead of elections, negative talk of migrants is starting to emerge Australia’s federal election is six months away, but the phoney campaign has kicked up a notch with the seeming demonisation of people on temporary 457 visas – a great many of them Irish.

The 457 programme is a four-year visa, created to fill skills gaps in Australia with workers from abroad.

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard backs 457 Visa 'crackdown'

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard says further changes to the 457 visa scheme will get the "out of control" system back on track.

Labor and unions are concerned the temporary foreign worker program is being abused by employers and Australian workers are missing out on jobs.

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Australian Immigration Minister doesn't know extent of Visa abuse

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Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor has rejected expert assessment that suggests only three per cent of temporary worker visas are questionable.

But he can't nominate the actual percentage.

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457 Visa feedback 'code for lost votes'

457 Visa feedback 'code for lost votes'

by:Judith Sloan, Contributing economics editor
From:The Australian

THERE is a certain irony to a man with a very thick Scottish accent banging on about the evils of 457 visas, the arrangement that allows workers to come to Australia on a temporary basis.

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