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In the media
Government disputes claim new deal could see foreign
workers in Darwin paid less than those in other parts of
The Northern Territory and Federal governments have struck a deal
to overcome labour shortages with a new migration agreement. The
new deal includes a controversial clause which means some overseas
workers on 457 visas in Darwin could be paid 10 per cent less than
foreign workers in other parts of Australia (29 August 2014).
Agents on 'secret' immigration blacklist have
their names published
A blacklist of registered migration agents and lawyers the
Department of Immigration tried to keep secret has been reproduced
online, escalating calls for an inquiry and a possible class action
against the department. The national president of the MIA said the
published list could have done "untold damage" to agents
who had not been given the right to respond (24 August 2014).
Stronger information sharing, stronger borders from
agreement between Australia and the United States
The Government of the United States of America and the Government
of Australia have signed an agreement for the sharing of visa and
immigration information, bolstering the capacity of each country to
confirm identities of foreign nationals. The agreement for the
sharing of visa and immigration information, which was signed at
Parliament House today, will enable two-way information sharing
between Australia and the United States (27 August 2014). More...
In practice and courts
Progress report: Foreign investment inquiry - Canberra
The House of Representatives Economics Committee held the fifth
public hearing for the inquiry into foreign investment in
residential real estate in Canberra on Friday 29 August 2014. The
Committee will hear from the Department of Immigration, two leading
real estate companies and investment companies, the Foreign
Investment Review Board Chairman and Treasury officials. The
Committee will also examine the current foreign investor visa
program with the Department of Immigration (27 August 2014).
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