Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton announced the new measures today in Canberra, as they are facing challenges from Tony Abbott and other dissenters… The general function of the new visa is to “only operate in our national interest” as Malcolm Turnbull describes it; that it is a protectionist or “Australia First” policy. Sounds familiar!! “Make Australia Great Again”?
Current 457 holders in Australia will be protected by a “Grandfather Clause” to not displace the estimated 100,000 current holders, and cause less disruption to business and peoples lives as the changeover happens.
The fees are $1150 for the 2 year visa and $2400 for the longer 4 year visa.
The government has not consulted with the workers unions or other societies so far, it is unclear how they will react. Some fast-food and similar industry corporations have been abusing the system, though many more have required it as we simply do not have the skills required from the local labour-market.
The Visa will have some more rules than the already-difficult to receive 457…
• At least 2 years of relevant work experience
• Higher standard of spoken English than currently required
• Full Police and criminal check
• Mandatory labour-market testing—unclear how this will be achieved unless a new auditor authority is formed
It will ensure that businesses can fill Skill Gaps, but the purpose is to force business to fill jobs with local, skilled workers if they exist. It is unclear who will enforce this.
Malcolm then ranted about asylum-seeker deaths, blaming the ALP for their “457 obsession” bizarrely as they have nothing to do with each other.
“Australian Jobs, Australian Values” — P.M. Malcolm Turnbull #AJAV
(This is to) “clean up labor’s mess” “the existing program is open-ended and results in a migration outcome” “we propose under the temporary skills visa that there will not be any Permanent Residency outcome possible” — Peter Dutton
The skills that are valid for applying for this new temporary visa have been slashed from the 457 program.
Categories such as Potter and Driving Instructor are no longer valid.
A journalist asked whether this is a new system designed to force welfare recipients to do jobs that nobody else will…
“The welfare system is designed to provide real incentives for employment” — Malcolm Turnbull
“Is this a response to One-Nation’s rhetoric?”
Malcolm Turnbull claims that it is their own idea and is not designed to appeal to the Queensland-based party of ignorance.
“There are many ways we will clamp down upon abusers” — Peter Dutton
Many challenged the ministers as it just sounds like a rebranding of the old system, with a few slight rule changes. Is this going to stop skilled labourers from “taking Australian jobs” or will it just hurt business? Will this assist the Australian economy and help the youth employment crisis? Is this a protectionist stunt, much like Trump has tried to implement, poorly in the United States?
On an aside the P.M. Was asked about North Korea, he responded…
“The North Korean regime is a threat to the world… We have joined with our allies including the USA to put pressure on North Korea to cease their belligerence … the nation with the most leverage and responsibility is China, they must bring them back to a responsible and reasonable relationship with their neighbours.” “If it were able to obtain or develop a missile that could travel as far as Australia or the USA it would certainly threaten us both, but Vice President Mike Pence has stated that their patience is wearing thin.” “The eyes of the world are now on Beijing, and they have to step up, and bring this reckless threat to regional stability to an end.” — PM Malcolm Turnbull
“China needs to do whatever it takes. It has the ability if it chooses to exercise it, to pull North Korea back into at least the position where it is not threatening to rain down devastation on it’s neighbours. The onus is on China. The time has come for the Chinese Government to exercise it” — PM Malcolm Turnbull