May, 2017

Winners and losers of the 2017 federal budget

, May 09, 2017

People on 457 visas and university students are out of luck, but those who enjoy trains and old ships will find plenty to like.

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

, Apr 28, 2017

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

Immigration can’t even protect our borders — time for an inquiry

, Apr 26, 2017

A long series of independent reports has confirmed that the Department of Immigration is the most incompetent agency in the Commonwealth. A major intervention is needed.
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Crikey Worm: Polling improves for govt, dole bludger crackdown

, Apr 24, 2017

Turnbull's week on "Aussie values" pays off in Newspoll, and yet another crackdown on welfare planned in the budget. It's the news you need to know, by Josh Taylor and Max Chalmers.

New ‘not 457’ English requirements will make zero difference

, Apr 21, 2017

The new Temporary Skill Shortage Visas will require a higher level of English proficiency than 457s, right? Not so fast.

Poll Bludger: 457 visa changes are naked populism

, Apr 20, 2017

Immigration has continued to gain salience as an election issue over the last few terms, even as the sting went out of the boat arrivals issue, and Turnbull knows it.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: what the child abuse royal commission got wrong

, Apr 20, 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has, sadly, dropped the ball by not investigating Islamic institutions.

The end of 457 visas business as usual for department with no credibility to lose

, Apr 19, 2017

The government claims the 457 visa program has "lost credibility". Which prompts the question -- who is to blame? The same department that has screwed up so many other things.

The 457 ways to keep foreign workers while pandering to racists

, Apr 19, 2017

Under the pretence of abolishing a catalyst for xenophobic populism, Malcolm Turnbull is leaving a mostly successful skilled migration program intact.

Old hard hat: Shorten channels Gillard in anti-457, pro-tradie lecture

, Feb 01, 2017

Bill Shorten kicked off the political year by focusing on an outdated conception of employment in a bid to capture the populist vote.