While Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton boast about border protection, just quietly the numbers of asylum seekers have increased to a record 27,931 in 2017-18.
Immigration has featured as an issue in every Australian election since 2001. But the numbers often tell a different story from the political posturing.
A few years ago Malcolm Turnbull, as a cabinet minister, would likely have challenged aspects of such measures if they were brought forward.
Malcolm Turnbull's spectacular elevation of 'Australian values' raises questions about his own values.
This week, the government announced it would abolish the 457 visa and replace it with a new temporary skill shortage visa program.
With the 457 visa scrapped, the new visa work program will have tightened work experience and English language requirements.
The Turnbull government is axing the 457 visa program and replacing it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa but it might not have the desired affect on the labour market.
Trade occupations are under the spotlight in the debate on 457 visa workers.
The way we classify skills shortages is broken.
The majority of 457 visa holders are skilled workers.
Business Briefing: breaking down the 457 visa myths.
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Policies targeting the 457 visa workers scheme aren't going to improve the employment prospects for low skilled workers and Australia's unemployed, an expert says.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash recognises the disadvantages faced by temporary migrant workers.
The taskforce must redesign Australia’s rather chaotic and unfair temporary labour migration program.
Just a little under ten years ago, many situations of temporary migrant labour exploitation would have been framed as issues of labour trafficking.
The primary focus in tackling temporary migrant labour exploitation is workplace breaches. But should it be?
Jacqui Lambie said on Q&A that apprenticeship numbers were going ‘wayside’.
Was Jacqui Lambie correct to say apprenticeships are going "wayside" and that there are more than one million 457 work visa holders in Australia?
ACTU President Ged Kearney has warned the China Australia Free Trade Agreement could lock out Australian workers. Is that true?
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ACTU President Ged Kearney has warned the recently signed China-Australia Free Trade Agreement could lock out Australian workers. Is that true?
In the hospitality sector, employers are 13 times more likely to prefer 457 visa workers than similar Australian workers, data shows.
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New analysis shows that some employers readily admit they use 457 visa workers even when there is no skills shortage in their sector, suggesting that tougher regulation is needed.
Australia has changed from primarily being a destination for permanent settlers to having an increasing number of temporary arrivals.
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Shanthi Robertson on the changing face of migration.
Immigration is a contentious topic in many parts of the world, and the debate in Australia has been predictably framed around asylum seekers, the burdens on taxpayers and the protection of local jobs…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the selection of five sectors for “growth centres” is not picking winners but “playing to our strengths”.
The federal government has released its National Industry Investment and Competitiveness Agenda, committing around A$400 million towards “industry growth centres”, new tax incentives for employee share…
With 457 visa reform, the Coalition is retracing old and risk-laden territory.
Temporary labour migration in Australia is a highly vexed issue. On the one hand those advocating a rethink of the 457 visa are accused of “turning away skilled, net-contributors to the Australian project…
The government focus on economic migration has meant increased private sector power over who becomes Australian.
Australia’s migration policy has shifted significantly in the past 20 years, leaving a system subject to widespread rorting and controversy. If there is a single lesson to be learnt from the revelations…
The migration industry is out of control, but that doesn’t mean we should give up.
Recently leaked Immigration department documents reveal considerable rates of visa fraud in the Australian immigration system. This is of grave concern to the Australian public, especially as unemployment…
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Senator Michaelia Cash has kicked off a review of 457 visas, but the Australian Workforce Productivity Agency won’t be playing a role.
Although few working Australians would be familiar with the work of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, all of us depend on it to some degree. In a shortsighted move, the government has decided…
Indian migrants on 457 visas are being grossly exploited by employers in Australia and being forced to work long hours…
The introduction of the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act carries…