Topic archives: 457 visas

Winners and losers of the 2017 federal budget

May 9, 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

April 28, 2017 6

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

April 26, 2017 8

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.

Crikey Worm: Polling improves for govt, dole bludger crackdown

Crikey Worm: Polling improves for govt, dole bludger crackdown

April 24, 2017 3

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

April 21, 2017 3

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

April 20, 2017 3

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

April 20, 2017 16

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

April 19, 2017 5

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

April 19, 2017 47

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

February 1, 2017 12

Bill Shorten kicked off the political year by focusing on an outdated conception of employment in a bid to capture the populist vote.