Did anyone think it passing strange (geddit?) that 7.30 would run some dodgy, anecdotal story on the ‘rorting’ of 457 visas in the IT industry last week? It was as if the ABC thinks it needs to provide the government with some (unconvincing) rhetorical material to defend its xenophobic clamping down on 457 visas.
And did anyone else think it was passing strange that the chief complainant of 457 visas in the segment seemed to be an immigrant himself, although presumably a permanent one?
I guess after the Minister’s embarrassing admission that he just made up the figure of 10,000 cases of rorting – doesn’t everyone else make up figures? was his response – the government has decided not to bother about producing any evidence.
And then we had Barrie “Sundance” Cassidy continuing to argue the government’s case about widespread 457 visa ‘rorting’. Hmmm, yet another violation of the ABC’s Editorial Policies but who is counting? Certainly not the ABC.
I have just had a look at the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013 and needless to say, it is a disgrace.
The main aim seems to be to tie up prospective employers in bureaucratic knots for months and months, ‘testing the labour market’ and being able to demonstrate they have ‘tested the labour market’.
Actually, there are number of exemptions, most particularly for experience graduates. The bill seems to squarely aimed at the TRADES, which is in keeping with this bill being yet another favour for the government’s union mates. Yes, yet another one.
And then there is the army of bodgy inspectors from the Fair Work Commission (otherwise unemployed law graduates from third rate universities, with a mission) who will ensure compliance with the program and impose sanctions. The mind just boggles – sweet, stupid young thing barging into an employer’s premises demanding evidence of labour market testing.)
Clearly, the aim is dissuade employers from even thinking 457. Good one, Brendan. That will mean fewer jobs for Australians as well.
Labour market testing for 457 visas was ditched about a decade ago on the advice of the Department because it achieved nothing but was costly.
It is interesting whether this bill will have been subject to a RIS – regulatory impact statement. My guess is NO WAY, along with most of the other new pieces of legislation being pushed through parliament. (Does anyone know whether there has been a RIS done on the Australian Education Bill?)
The one good thing about the 457 amendments is that so much power is vested in the Minister to exempt occupations and sponsors that the next government will be able to make it null and void without even rescinding the amendments, should they pass the two houses this week.
(Windsor, we are watching … but actually my opinion of him could not go any lower.)
(An unintended consequence of restricting 457 visas in the IT sector is likely to be the acceleration of the offshoring of jobs we are currently seeing. If companies cannot bring in workers, then just ship the jobs off to another country, which is feasible in many parts of the IT industry.)