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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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Strengthening the integrity of the Australian 457 Visa Program

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The program was significantly reformed in 2009: why are further changes necessary?
What are the new measures?
What is the intent of these measures?

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Australian 457 Visa Program responds well to economic needs

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Employer demand for the Temporary Skilled Migration Visa (subclass 457) has eased in the past six months, according to statistics released today

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) latest monthly report for 457 visas confirms downwards movement in temporary skilled migrants, a trend which has been developing since June last year.

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DIAC Subclass 457 State/Territory Summary Report 2012-13 to 30 November 2012

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The number of subclass 457 primary visa applications lodged in 2012-13 to 30 November 2012 was 10.4 per cent higher than the same period last program year. However, after peaking in June subclass 457 applications are now in decline.

The number of onshore primary visa lodgements in 2012-13 to 30 November 2012 increased 30.7 per cent compared with the same period last program year. However, they appear to have peaked and are now trending downwards.

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CFMEU calls for a freeze on temporary work 457 visas

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A SHARP jump in the number of foreign 'tradies' coming to Australia has sparked calls for a freeze in temporary work visas - amid signs a growing number of employers are rorting immigration and workplace laws.

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