November 27 2007 - Review of the Visa Law Changes
Speculation is that the new Rudd Labour Government will dump the proposed skilled migration visa laws.
Labour immigration spokesman Tony Burke last week moved to quell industry concerns over the controversial changes that were introduced by then immigration minister Kevin Andrews on October 1 and placed tough new restrictions on so-called 457 skilled migrant visas, the Australian reported.
It remains to be seen how quickly Labor moves on the issue. A spokeswoman said yesterday Mr Burke could not comment on the 457 issue until Kevin Rudd named his ministry this week.
Industry groups are agitating for action. They claim labour hire firms have all but ceased applying for 457 permits since the new rules were introduced in October.
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