The State Government has welcomed today’s announcement by Federal Immigration Minister Chris Evans of the appointment of Federal Industrial Relations Commissioner Barbara Deegan to examine the integrity of the 457 skilled migrant visa scheme.
Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk, who is also responsible for Western Australia’s State migration program, said that temporary skilled migration was important to WA.
“It’s critical that we look at ways to make the system more flexible for employers and migrants,” Ms Quirk said.
“It’s crucial that employers seeking workers for positions that can’t be filled by Australians are able to access workers, but it is also vital that those workers have the same rights and responsibilities as Australian workers.
“WA has long sought a more transparent and consistent system of oversight. Until now, the unearthing of abuse has been largely fortuitous, frequently by union workplace delegates.
“It’s not good enough that this is the case and we will work with the Federal Government to ensure adequate policing of the current program.
“I agree with Mr Evans’ view that we need to be confident the scheme is of the highest integrity. That means there must be effective and consistent oversight.
“I welcome the review and look forward to continuing to work with the Rudd Labor Government on this important issue for WA.”
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