Mar 18, 2013

Essential: government strikes a nerve on 457 visas

The government's effort to exploit concerns about 457 visas appears to be landing on fertile ground, today's Essential Report finds. And concerns about the 457 scheme are spread across the political spectrum.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

After a fortnight of debate on immigration following the Prime Minister’s western Sydney campaign, there is strong support for a crackdown on 457 visas, polling from Essential Research finds.


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2 thoughts on “Essential: government strikes a nerve on 457 visas

  1. Achmed

    The Australian 27th April 2012

    TONY Abbott wants to lift the limits on business and skilled migrants entering Australia, declaring that workers on skilled visas would become the “mainstay” of our immigration intake.
    Defying union concerns and accusing the Gillard government of not having the best immigration policy for Australia, the Opposition Leader wants to lift the limits on 457 visas granted to skilled workers for temporary work for up to four years.

    Mr Abbott says workers on 457 visas are “the best immigrants”, who contribute immediately to the economy and provide the best long-term workers when they convert their visas to permanent residency.

  2. ausaccess

    interesting research on 457s. another way to read the results is to say that 76% are not opposed but have differing views.

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