After two decades and tens of thousands of visas, the 457 visa category has been abolished. But what was it and why does this matter?
Police investigating ‘nasty’ Good Friday shooting at Australian-run detention centre blame Papua New Guinea’s military
The Good Friday shooting at the Manus Island detention centre was the work of “drunken” PNG soldiers, the regional police commander has said.
During the incident on Friday multiple shots were fired and projectiles thrown at the detention centre as an armed mob, including members of the Papua New Guinea defence force, stormed the facility.
The Sydney Swans need to turn around their worst start to a season in 24 years against local rival GWS, eyeing its own piece of history at the SCG.
China carries the heaviest obligation to take action against the North Korean regime, Malcolm Turnbull says, warning the “reckless” isolated state is a threat to Australia’s peace and stability.
Internet retailer says Malcolm Turnbull’s government’s plan would create an ‘inherent disincentive’ to comply
The internet giant Amazon has attacked the Turnbull government’s plan to impose the GST on all online purchases, saying it is so poorly designed it will create an “inherent disincentive” to comply.
It says the government should be asking Australia Post to collect GST on goods imported to Australia, rather than forcing websites such as Amazon and eBay to do so.
The government’s abolition of the primary visa for foreign workers coincides with a US plan to overhaul its temporary skilled migration program and reports New Zealand is set to ‘control’ its immigration ‘mix’
The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has moved to restrict skilled migration into the country, announcing the abolition of the controversial 457 visa program.
Despite its success in attracting needed skilled workers to Australia (in many regional and rural areas the most common 457 visa holders are nurses and doctors), the 457 program had become acutely politically sensitive, with consistent claims the scheme was being used to exploit lower-skilled foreign workers, who risk deportation if they complain about working conditions, and allegations that foreign workers were being preferenced over Australian nationals.
Aussie BMX star Sam Willoughby gets back on the bike as he recovers from a shocking spinal injury, and plans to be walking by his wedding this year.
Australia’s mental health services are raising concerns about the latest binge-worthy Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, saying its depiction of teen suicide has led to a growing number of calls to helplines.
Authorities in Papua New Guinea are investigating a shooting at the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island allegedly committed by PNG Defence Force personnel on Friday.
The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, uses Facebook to announce the replacement of skilled 457 visas with a new category to give Australians priority for Australian jobs. Turnbull says ‘we’ll no longer let 457 visas be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians’. The 457 visa has been the most common way for employers to bring skilled workers into Australia temporarily