23 January 2008

Aussie Prime Minister considers Australian immigration changes

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The Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, has revealed he is considering making changes to Australia's migration policy in an attempt to solve the skills crisis which is hitting the country's economy. If the changes were to go ahead it would make the process of securing permission for Australian immigration much easier.

Mr Rudd made the announcement after a meeting with officials of the company Woodside, who told the Prime Minister that it will need foreign workers in order to carry out its expansion of a gas processing plant. Changes to the way visas such as the Australian sponsored visa are handed out as well as alterations to the skilled visa assessing authorities are thought to be being considered by the Prime Minister.

The news has been welcomed by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME). Chief executive officer Reg Howard-Smith said: "Workers are definitely needed to come to Australia. The resource sector is an industry which has the world's best practice when it comes to occupation health and safety. Yes, Western Australia certainly needs people coming from overseas." CME is a representative body of the resources sector in Western Australia. Its member companies employ an estimated 85 per cent of all mineral and energy employees in Western Australia.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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