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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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15 Jul 08

Australian tourism board launches campaign to increase visitors

The Australian Capital Territory is set to benefit from a major push to promote the region to foreign travellers, which could boost the number of people looking for an Australian tourist visa. Tourism Australia will spend around AUD$90 million (£44.8 million) promoting the country overseas, while Canberra is hoping to benefit most from the campaign, reports the Canberra Times.
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15 Jul 08

300,000 overseas workers needed in South Australia

Over the next decade, South Australia will need to fill 300,000 jobs in its mining industry in order to meet export demands, the South Australian Deputy Premier and Trade Minister Kevin Foley told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. 28 new mining companies are exploring South Australia for mining opportunities and are expected to open over the next ten years.
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15 Jul 08

Immigration Department picks up the pace for World Youth Day

One hundred thousand Catholics are expected to make the pilgrimage to Sydney this week for the World Youth Day conference. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said an extra 8,000 international arrivals flew into Sydney yesterday, but the Department are well prepared for the occasion.
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14 Jul 08

Applications for temporary visas to Australia to be quicker

The processing time of temporary Australian visas should increase as new centres for excellence are created by the country's government. Located in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, the centres are now running and will mean temporary Australian visas (subclass 457) are issued more rapidly.
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14 Jul 08

Call for immigration quota to include climate change refugees

A report from the Make Poverty History coalition urged the Government to include "climate change refugees" in its yearly quota, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. James Ensor, co-chair of the coalition, argued Australia has a responsibility to support its neighbours who are affected by climate change by allowing them to migrate to the country.
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