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30 Jun 08

"Boomerang migrants" leaving UK for a safer Australian economy

Australian migrants have been leaving the UK at rates far surpassing previous years, reports the Times, leaving London with a "brain drain".
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27 Jun 08

Australia is must-visit travel destination

Australia has been deemed the must-visit destination in a recent survey, beating all other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The country came top of the nine others in the poll, after 4,500 people were surveyed, reports the West Australian. Results show 63 per cent of respondents want to visit Australia the most, meaning more people may apply for an Australian travel visa.
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27 Jun 08

Proposal to replace "Pathway D" for brand new TRA Migration Assessment Policy

The Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has offered a replacement to the skilled "Pathway D", after continued lobbying from the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). The proposal is still undergoing review and TRA are waiting for feedback from the MIA and its members.
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26 Jun 08

QLD tourism making life easier for overseas visitors

The Queensland tourism industry is asking businesses to bring tourism to the future by renovating the online market. Business leaders from the tourism industry attended a symposium in Brisbane, the ABC News reports, and are calling for tourism operators to start looking towards the online market for more business opportunities.
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26 Jun 08

British, German tourists deserve better than “bloody hell” campaign

The 2006 'Where the bloody hell are you?' international television campaign has been described by the new Australian Government as an embarrassing attempt to boost tourism numbers. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told parliament the campaign was a "rolled gold disaster", says the Sydney Morning Herald, and believes the loyal British, German and Japanese tourists deserve better campaigns than that.
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25 Jun 08

Population boom result of Australian immigration

Australia's population is seeing huge growth, thanks to a small baby boom and increasing levels of immigration. The population of the country has hit a ten-year high according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
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25 Jun 08

Freedom of Information shake-up for Department of Immigration

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has introduced fundamental changes to its Freedom of Information (FOI) processes to clear out the backlog of information requests and create a more streamlined management model.
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24 Jun 08

Engineering industry needs more Australian visa holders

The engineering industry needs more Australian visa holders to be able to grow effectively. The rate of growth in engineering has levelled at just 1.5 per cent in the five years before 2006, with Australian immigration not currently providing enough workers to increase this, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
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24 Jun 08

Immigration can help boost population in South Australia

The population level in South Australia (SA) needs to be boosted, and it has been argued that immigration could be a solution. According to Adelaide Now, Peter Vaughan, chief executive of Business SA is calling for a debate about the population growth rate and the role of Australian immigration in boosting population numbers.
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24 Jun 08

International visitors to Australia love the new Wollongong

Wollongong, the coastal city south of Sydney, is enjoying tourism success amidst concerns from the Australian Government that the New South Wales tourism industry is holding back economic growth.
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24 Jun 08

Backpackers in Australia, NZ offered new “Airpass”

Virgin Blue Airlines recently launched its new “Airpass” for international visitors to Australia and New Zealand. The pass is designed to maximise travel for backpackers with “no strings attached”, the company said in a press release.
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