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18 Jul 08

Immigration Minister: more permanent migration needed to Western Australia

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Senator Chris Evans has told Western Australian companies they need to increase the amount of employees on a permanent migration visa. Too many overseas workers on temporary 457 visas are being used to meet the needs of labour shortages, and Senator Evans is urging employers to take advantage of the permanent migration scheme, reports WA Today.
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18 Jul 08

Employers should engage in more permanent immigration

Employers should encourage more Australian immigration, rather than relying on people on temporary Australian visas. According to Senator Chris Evans, the Immigration and Citizenship Minister, the schemes driven by employers, whereby they train Australian visa holders in an industry, need to be boosted, reports Business News.
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18 Jul 08

Australian states 'should be given more power to sponsor immigrants'

The Australian states should be given more power to sponsor Australian visa holders in local industries. Senator Chris Evans, the Immigration and Citizenship Minister, has revealed he wants the current worker programme to be replaced with a more flexible scheme, reports ABC.net.
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18 Jul 08

Federal Immigration Minister approves state migration plan

Immigration Minister Senator Chris Evans announced the national migration plan needs a policy change and should be replaced with a scheme that meets the needs of local industries.
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17 Jul 08

Burmese visitors given Australian visas for WYD

A group of Burmese people were overjoyed when they received their Australian visas to attend the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations. Included in the group were six priests, three mauve nuns and 33 pilgrims, all heading to the country to see the pope and the annual celebrations, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
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17 Jul 08

Tourists invited to Tour Down Under in South Australia

Organisers of the Tour Down Under have started inviting overseas visitors to make the trek to South Australia for the tenth annual international cycle race, reports Opodo News.
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16 Jul 08

QLD tourism using new nudist beaches to entice international visitors

Queensland is in the process of legalising its first nudist beach in an attempt to boost international visitor numbers to Australia, reports the Brisbane Times. Sunshine Coast Regional Mayor Bob Abbot agreed yesterday to consider a proposal from a lobby group to legalise a clothes-optional beach in the Sunshine Coast.
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16 Jul 08

Travellers to Australia using Facebook as a guide

Tourism Australia has delved into a new marketing enterprise by using social networking sites on the internet to reach hundreds of thousands of young travellers to Australia during World Youth Day.
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16 Jul 08

Low quality of life in UK leads to mass migration to Australia

According to research, the UK ranks second last in Europe for quality of life, despite residents being the highest wage earners. The UK was placed just above Ireland in the uSwitch.com European quality of life index because of its high fuel and essential goods prices, low health and education expenditure, lack of short holidays and late retirement, reports the Press Association.
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15 Jul 08

Christian event in Australia set to create £231m for Sydney

Sydney is set to get a AUD$231 million (£113 million) boost from Australian travel visa holders entering the country for World Youth Day. The annual Christian event which is being held in Australia this year will be a "welcome boost" for the city, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
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15 Jul 08

Technology graduates helped to get Australian residency

A new scheme to help technology workers gain permanent residency in Australia is expected to be a success. The Federal Government expects around 200 participants to have taken part in the scheme by the end of the year, reports the Australian.
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