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Latest change to 457 program a retrograde step

The Abbott government’s reopening of a visa loophole in the temporary working visa (457) program is a retrograde step, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

The Gillard government in 2013 had tightened the program to stop rorting by employers in the mining, construction and IT industries who knowingly hired hundreds more foreign workers than they had applied for.

SPA National President, Ms Jenny Goldie, says that with the recent decline of manufacturing in Australia and an increase in the unemployment rate to six percent in January of 2014 , it was critical that as many jobs as possible went to Australians.

“The Gillard government was right to tighten the 457 program in 2013,” says Ms Goldie. “Companies had taken advantage of it by bringing in too many workers, to the disadvantage of local workers.

“In July last year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that real unemployment is more than double the official figure. It should actually be 13.1 per cent when ‘discouraged’ jobseekers, the ‘underemployed’ and those who want to start work within a month, but cannot begin immediately, are taken into account.”

Ms Goldie says bringing in excessive numbers of workers, albeit temporary, only puts pressure on governments needing to supply infrastructure for an additional 400,000 people who are added to the population each year. Australia’s population growth rate of 1.8 per cent is three times the OECD average of 0.55 per cent.

“Temporary workers need housing and hospitals just as much as permanent residents,” she says. “Perhaps if employers had responsibility for providing these themselves they would be less inclined to favour foreign workers over Australian residents.”

Sustainable Population Australia, SPA Media Release, March 2014



Workers with 457 visas have to continue to work in the same position at the company for two years before they can apply for permanent residency — and they have to remain at the job while their PR application is processed.

There are also pathways to permanent residency available to people who originally came to study; in 2011-2012 a whopping 30,978 of permanent residence visas were given to former student visa holders.

If your spouse or de facto partner is the holder of a Temporary Business (Long Stay) visa (subclass 457) and you can demonstrate that you are married to your spouse or that you have been in a de facto relationship (hetrosexual or same sex) for at least 6 months you can qualify for a visa as a secondary applicant on your spouse/de facto partner's visa.

Rather than qualified migrants putting up their hands to come to Australia and then seeking appropriate employment after they arrive, business recruits directly from overseas. Rather than public servants in Canberra attempting to predict which skills the economy will require next year, business hires the foreign workers it needs, as and when it needs them. In other words, there's no planning - just come and see what happens! It's open borders to Australia.

Almost 40 per cent of 457 visa holders have gone on to become permanent residents.

Or, to look at the statistics in another way, about half of the skilled migrants granted permanent residency last financial year were already living here on a temporary basis, mostly as migrant workers on 457 visas or as international students who had graduated from Australian universities and colleges. - See more at:

Temporary migration is a permanent thing

There's nothing more permanent than a "temporary" visa holder.

Revealed in the news tonight. Tony Abbott has purchased a stack of drones to patrol our coasts. Was the fuss about asylum seekers contrived from the start to prime the Australian up to accept having our coasts and our own lives continuously surveilled in this way by drones? For, once you have drones supposedly out there looking for asylum seekers, then they can be used to spy on anyone. In a country where protests are being marginalised and our borders are actively disabled by government regulations encouraging entry to all and sundry via plane, we can expect no good of these drones. A new evil.

It has been revealed that between 1995 and 2011 immigration cost us a staggering £148billion which equates to £5,600 per household.

Such an amount of money would be heartily welcomed by the British people who are sick and tired of working hard to get ahead while immigrants pick up jobs and benefits.

The figures unequivocally show that the Left’s claim that immigration benefits this country is simply untrue. Uncontrolled immigration from the EU and a failure adequately to regulate immigration from the rest of the world has caused far more harm than good.

Net migration to the UK was up 30 per cent this year with the number of immigrants rising above half a million. This is far more people than the UK can accommodate and a clear recipe for disaster.

A series of weak and misguided immigration policies costing us billions of pounds is outright scandalous and the politicians must recognise that they have to listen to the people.

We have had enough of soaring immigration. It is damaging our public services, it is eroding our sense of community and it has left us billions of pounds out of pocket. It has to be stopped before it costs us even more.
Labour shows EU colours

Ed Miliband’s latest attempt to fudge the issue when it comes to EU membership has been an unmitigated disaster. His promises are confused and ineffectual.

As columnist Leo McKinstry notes today, in 2007 Labour refused a referendum on EU membership despite promising us that there would be one if Britain was asked to sign up to a new treaty.

The right of the British people to have a referendum before giving away more powers to Brussels has since been enshrined in law by the current Government but Miliband’s love for the European project is such that we can be sure he will do anything he can to deny us a vote.

One thing is for certain. A vote for Miliband is a vote against a British referendum on EU membership.
After the wet now it’s dry

We are now on course for the driest March on record. Following months of rain we have certainly earned a spell of nice weather.

At this rate by the time April arrives we’ll be hearing the phrase that characterises the British summer for so many people: “Hosepipe ban.”