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"Unions demonise foreign labour but employ their own 457s"

Senator Michaelia Cash Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

The revelation that multiple trade unions in Australia have employed subclass 457 visa holders is an act of incredible hypocrisy and duplicity given the long-term campaign the union movement has waged against the 457 programme.

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Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection DIBP – What is immigration Assistance?

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Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection DIBP – What is immigration Assistance?

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“Greater scrutiny of sc457 visa applications leading to fall in the number of grants”

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The number of 457 applications surged 15.3% in the year ending March 2015 but the number of actual grants slipped by over 4.1% according to the latest statistics released by the department of immigration.

There were 40,870 subclass 457 primary visa applications lodged in that time, an increase of 15.3 per cent from 35,440 grants in the same period in the previous year.

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“Red tape gone mad: “mistakes such as typos and spelling errors could make an application void”

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Businesses in the Northern Territory have slammed the Federal Government for unnecessary delays and red tape which they say is affecting the ability of businesses to get the skilled foreign workers they urgently need.
In February 2014, the Federal Government announced an independent review of the 457 visa worker program and then in May relaxed the English language competency requirement for foreign workers.

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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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