Apr 28, 2017

Think the 457 changes are just cosmetic? They killed any hope for my new life

The changes to Australia's 457 visa system have very real, life-altering consequences, writes freelance journalist John Power

Much of the reaction to the government’s scrapping of the 457 visa program has been premised on the idea that, welcome or not, the move is largely political and practically inconsequential. Responding to Malcolm Turnbull’s insistence last week that “Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs,” Bill Shorten described the surprise move as a “con job” not a “crackdown”. After all, he said, foreign nurses and mechanics would continue to be able to come here to take local jobs.

The commentariat, by and large, has bought into this line: that is, whatever their merits, the changes will have little practical effect, apart from serving as a red meat offering by Turnbull to the increasingly alienated conservative base of his party. Accordingly, media reports have described the changes as “an illusion act,” “merely symbolic” and “meaningless”.

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6 thoughts on “Think the 457 changes are just cosmetic? They killed any hope for my new life

  1. CML

    Whilst I am sorry for your personal circumstances, please get a grip!
    The 457 visa is supposed to be about importing temporary special skills which are NOT available in the current workforce.
    Why on earth would we want to give 457 visas to journalists and beauty therapists right now? If the media is to be believed, we have a huge surplus of redundant journalists already…and a trip to any shopping centre will tell you that the ‘beauty industry’ is more than adequately catered for.
    Added to this is the fact that there is an avalanche of young Aussies who could do either or both of these jobs if given a chance. Your disappointment is regrettable, but really this is NOT what 457 visas should be about!!

    1. Lesley Graham

      This is as CML states a reality that has faced many people that have come here. But there unfortunately has to be a limit, the current rate of immigration isn’t sustainable, whether those that are caught up in the 457 visa changes, people realistically need to be prepared for such changes in laws. If your partner had been trained to do something that was a shortage within in the country yeah maybe, but we really need to stop & take stock of what the increase not only in birth rate & immigration is doing to our ecological situation.
      The thing that bothers me most is that Australia has a fragile ecosystem & I hate to say it but we need to think of the original inhabitants of this land, specifically our flora & fauna, they are suffering under the human influx, it’s time to determine a liveable limit & stick to it.

  2. Graham R

    Huh? With youth unemployment at over 20% and unemployment (including under-employment) generally at between 10 and 20%, why on Earth do we need more beauty therapists? Or anyone?

    Why can we not train our desperate youth to do these jobs?

    457’s are, and were designed to be an immigration racket. Why a racket? Because without the 200,000 immigrants coming entering each year Australia’s economy would not be “growing.” And this would make our Governments embarrassed for their poor economic management.

    Sorry, but we really do not need you.

  3. Nicholas

    190,000 permanent resident visas per year is not sustainable for Australia ecologically, nor is it sustainable in terms of available infrastructure, services, and housing. We should be cutting the total migration intake to no more than 100,000 per year, of which 70,000 should be refugee and humanitarian visas. Our ethical priority is to respond to people who are suffering the greatest hardships due to conflicts to which we have contributed. It isn’t ethical to grab the most skilled people from other societies, especially when it isn’t compatible with our ecological constraints and the availability of infrastructure, services, and housing.

  4. Draco Houston

    You are not the first person to have issues getting a partner into permanent residency, like this is some radically new situation that never happened before the change. The Immigration Dept has always sucked. What tinkering is done to the laws, they will not change the fundamental fact that there is a bureaucracy dedicated to restricting the movement of people in and out of this continent. There will continue to be sad stories of people separated by borders so long as borders exist.

    I see, however, that you do not question the borders, insisting that nations are entitled to do this. They aren’t, they drew up these borders when they tore up the previous ones. If we are to call this entitlement, then I guess entitlement grows out of the barrel of a gun.

  5. Northy

    It’s sad to hear stories like this. My partner had to jump through ridiculous hoops to remain in this country, and he is exactly the sort of good person most Australians would like to see become a citizen. I really do feel we block the wrong people sometimes, and it looks like it’s about to get worse.

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