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Who is supporting high immigration levels?

Illustration: Michael Leunig

Good on the Liberals’ lord mayor Robert Doyle for taking on Labor’s federal MP Kelvin Thomson in a ”Big Population” debate on Monday night. And good on Thomson for gingering up his party on the social, economic and environmental costs of Australia’s vastly increased and internationally atypical level of immigration. Judging by the overwhelming support in the audience for Thomson’s case, one wonders where support for high immigration lies.

Doyle’s claim to growth by immigration as unstoppable, as something to be ”managed”, is belied by its active promotion at state and federal levels, softened by such weasel words as ”provisioning for projected population growth”. The funding of political campaigns by property interests at state and local level was identified as underpinning the policy. Doyle’s defence that developer funding of his and other city council campaigns is publicly declared is blunted by the fact that it isn’t revealed until after the election.

A call for a referendum on immigration levels was enthusiastically received.

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Federal Government expands investor, 457 visa schemes

By business reporter Michael Janda

Updated Tue at 3:55pmTue 14 Oct 2014, 3:55pm

 

PHOTO: Unions argue the 457 visa is often abused to bring in cheaper foreign workers. (ABC News: Dan Conifer)

The Federal Government is expanding the investor visa scheme and making it easier to hire workers on 457 visas.

The Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program was established under the previous Labor government with the aim of encouraging foreign investment.

The SIV gives a pathway to permanent residency for people who invest at least $5 million in Australia for at least four years. (more…)

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Australian-born children of asylum seekers at risk of deportation under new laws

Joshua Robertson

theguardian.com, Tuesday 14 October 2014 04.18 BST

 

Baby Ferouz with mother Latifar after she was transferred from Nauru to give birth in a Brisbane hospital. Photograph: Refugee Action Coalition/AAP

Amendments tabled by Scott Morrison threaten to quash a legal bid to save Brisbane-born baby Ferouz from offshore detention

New laws that would strip Australian-born children of asylum seekers of protection visa rights threaten to quash a legal bid to save a stateless infant called Ferouz from offshore detention.

A powerful legal team working pro bono for the 11-month-old boy had hoped success in today’s federal court challenge of his visa refusal by immigration officials would set a precedent for babies born in detention. (more…)

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157 Tamil asylum seekers detained illegally and denied procedural fairness, lawyers tell High Court

By Elizabeth Byrne

Updated Tue at 5:26pmTue 14 Oct 2014, 5:26pm

PHOTO: The asylum seekers were initially taken to the Cocos Islands before being transferred to Western Australia and then Nauru. (AAP: Brad Waugh)

 

The Australian Government’s decision to detain 157 Tamil asylum seekers at sea for nearly a month was illegal, lawyers say.

The validity of the law to detain the group in June is under the spotlight at the High Court in Canberra. (more…)

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Immigration Minister Scott Morrison rejects comments from Australia’s Grand Mufti

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Wolter Peeters

 

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has rejected comments from Australia’s Grand Mufti that the Abbott government will be to blame for creating more Muslim radicals at home if it sends troops to the Middle East.

And he says the young men who verbally attacked a uniformed Australian Defence Force officer in Sydney’s CBD are “idiots” who need to be “dealt with” by authorities. (more…)

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High court verdict spells the end for Australian immigration detention as we know it

The landmark hearing clearly set out the constitutional limits on detaining non-citizens. The federal government will now have to release or process thousands of asylum seekers

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theguardian.com, Thursday 11 September 2014 17.00 AEST

 

‘The policy of locking people up indefinitely… is unlawful under Australian law.’Photograph: AAP

Thursday’s high court verdict, which dealt another blow to the federal government’s plans to give asylum seekers temporary protection visas, set significant new limits on Australia’s policy of mandatory detention. It will throw into doubt the legality of detention of thousands of people in Australia, potentially spelling the end for Australia’s mandatory detention regime as we know it. (more…)

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From Barcelona to Bondi – new Work and Holiday agreement

Wednesday, 03 September 2014

The signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement between Australia and Spain will give young people from both countries a unique opportunity to experience the vibrancy of each other’s culture, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said today.

The arrangement, signed at Parliament House today, means young people from Australia and Spain will have the opportunity to experience short-term work and study arrangements in each other’s country. (more…)

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Closer Ties with India Will Secure Australian Borders: Immigration Minister

All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: September 16, 2014 08:34 IST

 

MELBOURNE:  Australia, facing growing illegal migration attempts including from South Asia, has said that closer links with India would help strengthen the country’s borders.

“Increasing our cooperation with India is an important part of Australia’s border protection strategy and complement our efforts to foster lawful trade and travel,” Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison said. (more…)

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Call for overhaul of 457 visa training system to prevent risk of corruption

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TAFE, Ultimo: The Sydney Institute generated $3.3 million from migration agents last year. Photo: Rob Homer

Sydney TAFE has been under investigation for alleged fraud in its use of millions of dollars from a training program for students on 457 visas.

An independent review of the integrity of the 457 visa program has also called for an overhaul of the system to remove risks of corruption by training institutions. It found there is a “high risk that some training providers are seeking to profit from this, particularly as the Department [of Immigration] has confirmed that it does not have the capacity … to ensure that contributions to these funds are being spent appropriately”. (more…)

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Australia’s migration ‘beacon’ status waning, say experts

By Karen Ashford
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World News Radio

12 SEP 2014 – 11:24 PM  UPDATED 13 SEP 2014 – 12:14 AM

 

(Transcript from SBS World News Radio)

It’s the program that helped forge the nation.

However some experts say Australia is at risk of squandering the benefits of immigration. (more…)

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