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  1. Hi all Well, the time is almost here for me and my two boys to fly back to England. We leave on Saturday 27th! One thing I need to know, what do you put on the "leaving Australia" card? I don't know whether to put leaving permanently or temporarily? We have permanent visas so I don't want to loose this. If things don't work out in uk, I may decide to come back to Oz (yes I know, a possible ping pong pom in the making!) Any advice would be very welcome. Karen :-)
  2. Villawood detention centre detainees light fires Who is behind this heavy brainwashing? I asked a number of locals and they had no idea about that disaster in immigration process for honest people whom can be a benefit to Australia. Why is so much attention on boat people? Is it to cover GSM?
  3. This may interest some and some further reading Maybe someone with more insight can explain if required.
  4. Australia International Education and Student Problems Addressing Australia’s international student crisis. One of Australia’s leading educators has called on the recently elected Labour Government to make a firm commitment to the country’s international education industry. Hospitality Training Association (HTA) CEO Phillip Charlton says the Australian economy could lose billions of dollars if Julia Gillard’s government fails to counteract immigration policy changes that have left the industry in turmoil. International Student Visa applications and approvals in Australia have fallen sharply in 2010, with the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) reporting a 30 percent decline in international applications…. ….“And as we have now seen the Australian election focused very heavily around immigration and border security which resulted in mixed messages and public confusion as there was no differentiation between migrants, boatpeople, refugees and international students.”
  5. 15 Apr 2010: Decided to apply for SA- Embarked on preparation of required docs and conducting research on SA 21 Apr 2010: Was informed that my skills assessment letter is ready 23 Apr 2010: SA announced that they will accept applications until 15 May 2010 only so send your applications as soon as possible 24 Apr 2010: I Desperately Sent a request to EA and asked them to send my assessment letter to me by courier and spent 120$ for courier 24 Apr 2010: Asked my Father ( in my homeland) to provide bank statement including translation and attestation. Spent 100$ for bank statement and 150$ for courier. Let alone how I disturbed my Father to send the dosc on time 06 May 2010: Received bank statements and immediately sent all docs to SA and spent 150$ for courier 07 May 2010: SA announced that 176 Visa is suspended and my application will not be processed until further notice( my docs were on the way to SA!) 07 May 2010 to 07 Jul 2010: checked SA website everyday hoping for good news. 07 Jul 2010: SA sent me an email asking to express my interest in SA SMP. Immediately I responded expressing my interest. 11 August 2010: SA stated that some certain occupations are in priority and applications with occupation in high demand will be processed. I did not received any email stating that my application will be processed further 12 August 2010: I sent them an inquiry about status of my application and found out that my application will not be processed 13 August 2010: I was fed up with SA and prepared my dosc for QLD and sent my application to QLD (thanks god!) 30 August 2010: I found out that my application with QLD has been approved :jiggy: and I lodged my application immediately. 01 Sep 2010: SA sent me an email stating that my application with SA has been approved !!!!:eek::wacko::no: 02 Sep 2010 : I responded their email with a bigNO to their offer :no::no::no: This is how I suffered with SA. Now I love Queensland because of their straight forward immigration team contrary to what I observed from SA. Regards:hug:
  6. Hi everyone here is the reply by immigration minister on the behalf of policy of diac... I need to reply to this mail. For this i need your comments that what should reply? Please click the attachment..
  7. Guest

    Immigration Hold Up

    Dear Readers Most people would say that over the last couple of months, the immigration queue has been greatly mismanaged. The normal procedure of 'first-come, first served' was thrown out the window a long time ago which didn't make sense back then. To top it all up, a number of rather confused and unannounced changes were made in less than 6 months which totally stalled the processing. Getting a case officer has become comparable to winning the mega jackpot. What a Hold Up?
  8. Hi All, I'm applying for the immigration visa now under subclass 175 (independent). In the application form I see this question- What is the value of money, goods and assets which you (and your partner) intend to bring to Australia? My question is, how much should I quote minimum? I mean minimum how much would be sufficient? BR, Wasim
  9. LAURIE OAKES: Minister, welcome to the program. CHRIS BOWEN: Thanks Laurie, good morning. OAKES: Before we go on to immigration, Tony Abbott’s just flown out of Afghanistan where he’s been visiting our troops. Is the Government pleased that he made the trip? BOWEN: Absolutely. I think everybody will welcome the fact that Tony has been to Afghanistan. I think the troops will welcome that and I think that’s perfectly appropriate, so that’s a welcome thing. OAKES: Do you agree that going on his own he would have had more time with the troops and more chance to talk with them than he would have if he just tailed after the Prime Minister? BOWEN: Oh look, not necessarily, I think the Prime Minister invited him to go with her as a sign of bipartisanship. That didn’t work from his point-of-view, that’s fine. I think he would have had full access if he was there with the Prime Minister, but equally now that he’s gone by himself that’s perfectly appropriate as well. OAKES: I understand that Mr Abbott actually asked if he could be embedded with the troops and spend some days with them so he could go out on a mission with them, the way some journalists do. Would that have been a good idea? BOWEN: Well look, I’m not aware if that’s the case or not Laurie, you wouldn’t expect me necessarily to know about that. If he wanted to do that I’m sure the appropriate considerations would be those of security for the troops and for him and that would be a matter that the Government would take the advice of the Defence Forces on, but I’m not aware of the details of that particular report. OAKES: And in fact Defence said no, Tony Abbott I gather accepts the reasons, I mean, you don’t put the alternative Prime Minister in harms way I guess, but it’s typical of Abbott that he wanted to do that. Isn’t Abbott the action man? BOWEN: <laughs> Well look, that’s really a matter for him. I could understand the reasons why he’d want to see the operations in Afghanistan as closely as possible, I would understand that. Also, I think as I said before, we would understand the reasons of the Defence Forces in protecting both his personal security and the personal security of the troops. OAKES: Now you’re heading off tomorrow for East Timor, Indonesia and Malaysia - BOWEN: Yes. OAKES: Now is this a genuine, serious attempt to get a regional asylum seeker processing centre off the ground? BOWEN: Absolutely, and its about more than just the Regional Processing Centre, it’s about an entire regional framework. We have a regional and international problem which needs a regional and international solution. What we need to do is to develop a regional framework in a similar way that one was developed in response to the Vietnamese humanitarian crisis in the ‘70s and ‘80s; similar way than what’s been done in Latin America more recently and even in Africa; a sensible and regional framework which deals with what is essentially a regional issue. With almost 4 million refugees in the Asia-Pacific region, it makes sense for all of us, all of our regional neighbours to work together in reaching a solution to what is essentially an international and regional problem. OAKES: Why are you making the trip and not the Foreign Minister? BOWEN: Well because I’m the Immigration Minister and this is an immigration matter Laurie, and the Prime Minister has given me carriage of processing the regional framework for immigration as Immigration Minister. Kevin Rudd and I have been in regular contact about it; he’s also raised the matter with his contemporaries on his international visits and he is providing me every possible assistance, but it’s appropriate that the Immigration Minister has primary carriage of what is primarily an immigration matter. OAKES: And what’s Kevin Rudd’s view of the idea of a processing centre in East Timor? BOWEN: He supports it. He supports it because it would be in line with UNHCR principles, it would be developed in very close consultation with the UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, so he supports it because he recognises that it would be the best way forward in dealing with what is a regional problem. OAKES: And what signals are you getting from East Timor now? Are the people in Dili more favourably disposed to this idea than they were when Julia Gillard first put it forward? BOWEN: Well look, we’ve had some encouraging feedback. Obviously it’s a big issue for East Timor, it would be a very significant development for them and they obviously have issues they want to worth through. But certainly, President Ramos-Horta and Prime Minister Gusmao have indicated they are very interested in talking it through, very interested in talking though those issues, and certainly that’s what I’ll be doing when I leave tomorrow. OAKES: Now if East Timor doesn’t want this thing dumped on its soil, have you got other locations in mind? BOWEN: Well certainly East Timor has been our focus and I wouldn’t obviously accept your characterisation of it being dumped on East Timor’s soil. I think its something which could very much work for East Timor’s benefit as well as for Australia’s and the regions. Certainly East Timor has been our focus, but I’ll be visiting a number of countries in this trip and a number of countries as this develops, and we’ll be talking about all the options with all the countries in our region that are signatories to the Refugee Convention. OAKES: Now you talk about a regional framework and a Regional Processing Centre, but this is not a regional issue is it? The vast majority of asylum seekers who lop here are from Afghanistan which is nowhere near the region. BOWEN: Yes, but they come through the region Laurie. They come through Indonesia primarily… OAKES: They come through the region because they want to come here. We’re the regional problem aren’t we? BOWEN: Well no, I wouldn’t put it that way Laurie. Of course, when you’ve got a very high number of refugees around the world, 42 million displaced people around the world, they are going to go to developed countries that are signatories to the Refugee Convention: they’re going to go to Canada, they’re going to go to Europe, they’re going to go to America and yes, they will seek to come to Australia as well; so of course in that regard we will always be attractive because we’re a developed country who are signatories to the Refugee Convention, that’s always going to be the case. But what you do need is a regional framework because the trafficking goes through our region: goes through Malaysia, it goes through Indonesia and goes through a number of countries on the way to Australia; and us dealing with it domestically can only do so much, you need a regional solution to this, it needs to be done in a developed way. It’s much more effective than stunts and sound grabs about turning boats back and boat phones and things which won’t actually have any impact; the thing which will actually have an impact is a regional… OAKES: But it still is - it’s exporting our problem to some other country, isn’t it? BOWEN: No I don’t think so Laurie and I don’t think the other countries see it that way either. I think they see a regional solution as being in their best interests as well. That’s why the Bali Process was set up for example, recognising that these issues are best tackled at a regional level and this is taking the Bali Process one step further. OAKES: Well over the weekend we had four boatloads of asylum seekers arrive within 48 hours. Where are you going to put all these people? BOWEN: Well Laurie, we do have significant strains in our detention centres, I’ve been very clear about that since I became Immigration Minister. I’ve announced some short-term measures to deal with that. I’ll also be announcing some longer-term measures in the not-too-distant future to deal with those pressures on our detention system and those pressures don’t just come I must say from boat arrivals. They also come from a number of other factors. They come from the fact that our rejection levels have increased for example. As you’d understand Laurie, when somebody’s accepted for asylum it’s a fairly simple process to then move them into the community. But when a claim is rejected, you then go through a process where they can have an Independent Merits Review; we’ve then got to seek to return them to the country from whence they came. We have return agreements with some countries, we don’t have one, for example, with Afghanistan which we’re working on, so that has also led to pressure. There’s a High Court challenge, which means that some people have not been repatriated as yet, so there’s a number of things that has led to those pressures and I’m dealing with those pressures through a long-term plan which I’ll be saying more about over coming weeks. OAKES: Your predecessor Chris Evans said that his greatest failure as Minister was failing to control the immigration debate. How are you going to try and control it? BOWEN: Well, I will engage in a sensible and mature discussion. I won’t engage in sound grabs, I won’t engage in cheap policy, I won’t engage in stunts like boat phones and sound grabs like turning boats back. I will engage in proper policy development with the regional focus as its core, and I’ll talk to people about the issues: about the international issues, about the movement of people, the fact that we have historically high levels of movement of peoples around the world in an irregular manner. What I won’t be doing is engaging in a race to the bottom of stunts and sound grab which Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison seem to be intent on doing. OAKES: Well I guess that will be a change from the Labor Election Campaign… BOWEN: Well I don’t think so… OAKES: But can I ask you, do you believe in a ‘Big Australia’? BOWEN: Well look Laurie, I think what’s important is that we have a sustainable population. I think our immigration program for example, is very important in the skills debate, is very important in terms of dealing with the ageing of our population and we need to strike that balance. But I think what Australian’s rightfully want is to be reassured there’s proper planning in place for infrastructure, there’s proper planning in place in relation to the impact on our environment and that’s what Tony Burke, the Population Minister and I will be working closely on in relation to the population strategy. OAKES: But Julia Gillard before the election said we mustn’t rush forward to a population of 36 million. How are you going to stop that? BOWEN: Well, I don’t think Julia Gillard said that we shouldn’t have necessarily any particular population target, she said essentially what I’ve just said, that the Australian people… OAKES: She was having a whack at Kevin Rudd who talked about a Big Australia in the light of projections of 36 million by 2050. That’s specifically what she was talking about so presumably she doesn’t want 36 million by 2050. BOWEN: Well by saying that we shouldn’t be hurtling towards a particular number, she was saying that we need to have the proper processes in place; we need a population strategy. For the first time – we have never had one before Laurie – it’s Tony Burke’s job to get the population strategy up and running for the first time, which will deal with the issues of sustainability, of infrastructure, of where people live. It’s not just about the total number of the Australian population, it’s about the spread of the population throughout the… OAKES: When you talk about a ‘Big Australia’ you are talking specifically about population. You said you were not going to engage in this sort of obfuscation; you are doing it quite effectively. BOWEN: Well Laurie I don’t necessarily, I obviously don’t agree with that. What we are doing is engaging in a discussion about a strategy, about a population strategy, for the first time in Australia’s history. We have grown exponentially over a hundred years, but we have never actually had a proper population strategy, where we have talked to people about the needs for our population. We have talked to people about the skills need, about the needs of an ageing population, to keep our population growing, but at the same time talked about what sort of things that entails in terms of demands for infrastructure, and demands on the environment, and that’s perfectly appropriate. OAKES: Are you going to cut immigration? BOWEN: Laurie, we set our immigration targets on an annual basis around Budget time and that’s what I will be doing. I will be going through all of the evidence of what our needs are in relation to skills, what our needs are in relation to the economy, and what the humanitarian situation is around the world. I will be doing that in the normal, methodical way that that occurs. I certainly won’t be engaging in speculation about what that immigration rate will be, before engaging in that process. But what we have done is… OAKES: Julia Gillard said that we shouldn’t be hurtling towards a population of 36 million; she then said we need to stop, take our breath. So when are you going to stop? BOWEN: Well Laurie, when she said that, she was talking about that planning, talking about the infrastructure needs, and environmental needs. What we have done in the immigration space and this due to my predecessor, the good work that he did, was make sure that our immigration needs were being driven by immigration, he has taken steps to ensure that our Net Overseas Migration level is sustainable, for example, by dealing with temporary visas for education purposes, and by making sure that the right balance is there. I’ve got more work to do there, but we have taken steps there, and my predecessor did good work there. OAKES: We thank you Minister. BOWEN: Nice talking to you Laurie.
  10. Australian Needs US and European Migrants Put out the welcome mat, our country needs these people. MILLIONS of skilled workers are without jobs in the US and Europe, but their loss could be our gain. THE economic crisis engulfing Europe and the US presents the federal government with an opportunity to bolster Australia’s over-stretched skilled workforce. Yet populist policy is driving against it by triggering a poll-driven cut in the migrant intake. As the Australian economy surges towards full employment, Canberra is failing to seize the moment and attract exceptionally qualified people from troubled Western economies suffering double-digit unemployment. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen tells Focus the government “does not target workers from specific countries”, which doesn’t sound like good policy… …..Recent trends in immigration show Australia’s intake of permanent settlers is moving away from taking migrants from English-speaking countries and that the intake from advanced economies such as the US and western Europe remains abysmally low, despite the desire of many of their citizens to emigrate. Immigrants from Britain and NZ, traditionally Australia’s biggest countries of origin for immigrants, were eclipsed by China and India in the six months to December last year. In the previous 12 months Britain had been well ahead of China, but it is now ranked second, followed by India.
  11. i've got a serious problem with my visa. i really need a lawyer to sort it out, but how can I choose the right person from the directory? i'm staying at melbourne now
  12. Australia the Lucky Country without Meaningful Debate Lucky Country a land of myths. THE policy debate is dominated by some monster lies and old-fashioned bogeymen. IT is a cathartic experience announcing your looming retirement, as I did this month. Having spent 21 of my 44 years as a dreaded lobbyist for the tourism, transport, property and infrastructure sectors, I decided it was time to step off the stage for a while. Declaring your innings temporarily over brings with it a liberated perspective. This is lubricated by the experience the nation has been through in our federal election and its aftermath. I want now to reflect on some pressing issues facing the nation and tackle some of the myths that dominate economic and social public policy debate. ► We can’t afford a big Australia. Wrong. The most depressing, and dishonest, argument permeating politics is that Australia is unable to cope with population growth, and it’s one that has forged a coalition of the far-Left and far-Right. We are a smart nation, blessed with a magnificent natural and human capacity and, with investment in urban and regional infrastructure, we can sustain a bigger population. Young, migrant nations such as ours are growing or they are shrinking. There is no in-between status. Traffic congestion and social division are genuine considerations and we do need some limits on growth, but we cannot allow poor planning in Sydney and southeast Queensland, or bigotry, to dominate the debate……
  13. Guest

    AHPRA and Immigration

    Im a UK nurse who applied to NSW Nurse Board for registration, received letter in Dec 09 stating I was eligible to register, letter valid for 12 months. Ive applied for 457 visa at end of July, had medicals etc, but Immagration want proof I can register with AHPRA, rather than the letter from NSW Board. Ive contacted AHPRA who said NSW letter will be accpeted. They said would send a letter for immigration, but still waitng on a letter 3 weeks later, very frustrating! Anyone else experiencing this, or provided a State Nursing Board letter to Immigartion and this has been ok.?
  14. I just have Newsletter from local Agent here... Processing times for the remaining relative visa  DIAC have at least 15 months of offshore Business skills cases already backlogged  Onshore business skills (ie 892s etc) are being allocated almost as soon as lodged.  Parent applications are being processed as soon as possible after visa lodgement. Medicals can be extended up to 21 months  At the current queued rate, subclass 103 visas will take 23 years and 804 visas, 18 years (serious). 143 visas are currently taking around 16 months  Cooks now very unlikely to be on the WA State Migration Plan  Australian Computer Society (ACS) when working out the 65% relationship rule, will be fairly lenient on work experience, but not on qualifications.  The ACS have decided that up to 25% of the required ICT quantum in a post-graduate degree may be provided by single subjects taken outside the original qualification.
  15. Worth a read: Immigration boss begs for more staff - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  16. THE head of the Department of Immigration has made an "urgent" plea for additional staff, claiming his department is struggling to process the rising number of asylum seekers. Opposition Immigration spokesman Scott Morrison has today released a letter written by the head of the Department of Immigration, Andrew Metcalfe, and addressed to the head of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Conall O’Connell, asking for his help to secure extra staff to process an increasing number of unauthorised arrivals. Immigration department head pleads for more staff | The Australian I suppose this could mean also a shortage of staff all round in this department.
  17. hi everyone! we are coming to perth in april and wanted to know if there is any way i can have a look around a hospital to get an idea what its like there? Any help appreciated! Kate:biggrin:
  18. New cabinet for Australian Government has just been announced. Our collective fate lies in the hads of a certain Chris Bowen, according to the BBC: BBC News - Australia PM Julia Gillard announces cabinet‎ Wondering if this good news or not.:skeptical: Zeday
  19. kernow43

    New Minister for Immigration

    New Minister is Chris Bowen Chris Bowen becomes the new immigration minister replacing Chris Evans, who moves to a jobs portfolio. Gillard reveals new Cabinet line-up | Courier Mail I hope this will please all those waiting. So a bit of a rise for Chris Evans Prime Minister: Julia Gillard Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer: Wayne Swan Foreign Affairs: Kevin Rudd Jobs, Skills and Workplace Relations: Chris Evans Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Arts: Simon Crean Defence: Stephen Smith Health and Ageing: Nicola Roxon Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs: Jenny Macklin Infrastructure and Transport: Anthony Albanese Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy: Stephen Conroy Innovation, Industry and Science: Kim Carr Finance and Deregulation: Penny Wong Schools, Early Childhood and Youth: Peter Garrett Attorney-General: Robert McClelland Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Joe Ludwig Sustainable Population, Communities, Environment and Water: Tony Burke Resources, Energy and Tourism: Martin Ferguson Immigration and Citizenship: Chris Bowen Trade: Craig Emerson Climate Change and Energy Efficiency: Greg Combet Outer ministry Human Services, Social Inclusion: Tanya Plibersek Home Affairs and Justice, Privacy and FOI: Brendan O'Connor Employment Participation and Childcare: Kate Ellis Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Sport, Social Housing and Homelessness: Mark Arbib. Small Business, Assistant Minister for Tourism: Nick Sherry Veterans Affairs and Defence Science and Personnel: Warren Snowdon Assistant Treasurer, Financial Services and Superannuation: Bill Shorten Mental Health and Ageing: Mark Butler Special Minister of State: Gary Gray Defence Materiel: Jason Clare Read more: http://www.news.com.au/features/federal-election/kevin-rudd-returns-to-frontbench-as-julia-gillard-set-to-reveal-new-posts/story-fn5tas5k-1225917767283#ixzz0zC4kaRCq
  20. Property Shortages and Real Estate Myths Housing industry's missing persons reports pure fiction. MISSING: Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating 190,000 families who have mysteriously disappeared from Australia. REWARD: $60 billion, for any developer or builder who can find them. These are the 190,000 households that, according to the construction industry, are desperately seeking new homes but can't get them. I've been looking for them, but can't find them. I know many builders have been having the same problem. I'm beginning to think they don't exist. The Housing Industry Association keeps telling us we have a chronic housing shortage, with a shortfall of 190,000 homes........ .... If you're looking for a copy of this publication, you're likely to find it in libraries in the "fantasy" section, because the ABS tells us that the average first-home buyer in Australia borrows $292,000. The report that claims unsatisfied demand for 190,000 new homes should be found in the "science fiction" section, alongside books that depict time travel and interaction with aliens from worlds a thousand light years from earth...... ......The odd thing about this persistent complaint that we're not building enough houses is that the loudest whingers are the people whose job it is to build houses. There are large tracts of zoned residential land in our cities (owned by major developers) waiting for houses to be built on them. If we've got a 190,000 shortfall, why aren't they frantically building? If the HIA figures were true, we'd have tens of thousands of families living in tents or under bridges...... ......I've taken a look at city vacancy rates, expecting them to be zero everywhere. That would be a reasonable expectation, if supply had fallen so far behind demand. But, according to RP Data, all our cities have vacancies above 3 per cent, except Canberra and Adelaide..... ....We're talking true vacancies here, not the "lies, damned lies and statistics" published by the real estate institutes. Something doesn't add up here. If we really did have a chronic housing shortage, rents would be going through the roof. .....Seasoned property market analyst Michael Matusik (of Matusik Property Insights) says we are actually heading into oversupply. He says those who cry "undersupply" are miscalculating the impact of recent population growth. Much of the nation's population growth has come from overseas migrants, most of whom are "family reunion" migrants, students attending our universities or business people on temporary visas. ........When you factor these matters into the supply-demand equation, he says, we're actually over-building. This runs contrary to the incessant campaigning of the developer lobby, whose members have motives that prevent them from giving the public accurate information. Matusik says: "Disbelieve anyone whose sales pitch is based around how much the market is under-supplied." All of this is sober reading for property investors.
  21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHuuUFCDpaY
  22. Immigration Cuts to Cause Skills Shortage Migration cuts may prompt skills crisis. Large cuts to migrant numbers could exacerbate a looming skills shortage and lead to wage blowouts as the resources sector gears up for another boom, industry analysts warn. The housing construction industry has been complaining about a structural undersupply of labour and the lack of a dedicated migration program for the residential sector. But it also says migration targets may not be enough to maintain a working age population. "There's no doubt there is a shortage of labour there," Housing Industry Association (HIA) chief economist Harley Dale told AAP. Australian Workers Union Against Migration Limits AWU chief Paul Howes slams migration cap. UNION leader and Labor kingmaker Paul Howes has warned that capping migration will undermine Australia's economic prosperity. He also said it would "wreak havoc" with the mining and construction industries. In a damning indictment of the migration policies espoused by Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott during the election campaign, the Australian Workers Union chief said yesterday that concerns about congestion in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne should not be turned into a debate about immigration -- let alone a dog whistle on asylum-seekers. Inadequate infrastructure in these eastern seaboard capitals reflected the failings of the federation, Mr Howes said.
  23. Hi any one!!! My partner and I are enduring the process of a spousal visa for over 18 months. His medical to come to Aus, revealed a heart murmur, which was corrected and we had to send a copy of his 6 week post op check to Immi. The surgeon was sick for this appointment, so my partner was seen by a fill in Dr, who would not issue a report......we are chasing this one final piece of paper.....has any one else experienced something similiar, and if so, and details on the requirements for this report....what info does it need to include? He has a tendon repaired successfully in his mitral valve. Has any one had a similiar successful surgery and been grated there visa????aaaarrrgghhhhhh Its been so long...we are going crazy! Any info at all about any facet greatly appreciated...will comfort in the least!!!!I jsut want to know! Cheers SAm:arghh:
  24. Immigration and Multiculturalism Good, ‘Fortress Australia’ Bad ‘We can’t return to Fortress Australia’. AUSTRALIA would risk its future prosperity it if chose the isolationist path on immigration. The warning was made by former Victorian premier Steve Bracks (child of immigrants, Lebanese I think, but from the bush). In an impassioned speech in Melbourne last night, Mr Bracks urged Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott to “set the national tone” and recommit to multiculturalism. Giving the 2010 Brookes Oration for Deakin University, he said that just as immigrants had been pivotal to the nation’s postwar success, they remained vital for the coming century. “We need migrants,” he said. “We need them in our workforce to drive our economy into the 21st century. We need them to help us make the transition to a sustainable economy. It’s not a question of yes or no on migration.”
  25. Businesses fear cuts to Australian visas will worsen skills shortage | Getting Down under) Just received this article in a newsletter. FYI. cheers cazmayo