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  1. The Pom Queen

    Happy Birthday Chris

    Happy birthday onetruechris hope you get over the man flu soon:wubclub:
  2. insizer

    Today is chris evan day

    :cry:http://community.embraceaustralia.com/forum/topics/chris-evans-day:cry: :Randy-git:HERE IS JUST A REASON TO BE REMEBER A GREAT PERSON LIKE C.E.:Randy-git:
  3. This is a classic, there has been calls for Chris Bowen to resign over this. Really this clip is about 30 minutes long, its an interview of Chris Bowen by Ray Hadley most of it is about various immigration/visa issues, the last (and best) bit basically blows Bowen out of the water. These asylum seekers have been making improvised bombs in Villawood police have confirmed they are investigating this and the immigration minister didn't even know anything about it. http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=8792
  4. Hi I came across this information today and thought it may be of interest to you– I apologise if it is a duplication. NEDA - CALL for immigration cases relating to people with disability applying for residence in Australia or refugee protection We need your help – deadline 31 January 2011. Please spread this CALL broadly to all your networks. This call is distributed on behalf of the following organisations: Australian Federation of Disability Organisations AFDO Canberra Multicultural Community Forum Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia FECCA National Ethnic Disability Alliance NEDA People with Disability Australia PWDA Settlement Council of Australia The above organisations met with Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, in mid November 2010 to discuss the report and recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration Inquiry into migration with disability. The meeting demonstrated that there is a window of opportunity to convince the Government to change the current process and parameters for assessing people with disability when applying for migration to Australia or refugee protection. We now need to present the Government with as many cases as possible – those that have been rejected on the basis of the applicant with disability and those with a member of the family with disability. We also want to hear about the cases that you know about where the application has not yet been lodged, i.e. prior to rejection. All cases require consent from the applicant. The information can be sent to office@neda.org.au where the information will be collated and passed on to the Minister’s office. This call is open until 31 January 2011. For any queries contact Sibylle on 0407 878 933. Please spread this CALL broadly to all your networks
  5. landv

    Chris, this one is for you

    This is Milton Abbas in Dorset. Absolutely beautiful. [ATTACH]2401[/ATTACH]
  6. Here is Chris Bowen's press release on the new points test. Not much detail, but it doesn't take effect immediately which will be good news for PIO members. The new points test is proposed to take effect from 1 July 2011, subject to passage of supporting legislation through the Parliament. It will apply to anyone lodging an application from 1 July 2011. NEW MIGRATION POINTS TEST TO BETTER ADDRESS AUSTRALIA’S SKILLS NEEDS - Media Releases - Chris Bowen - Federal Member for McMahon - Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
  7. Here is a link to a speech recenty given by Chris Evans, as Minister for Tertiary Education, on the Labor government's approach to the future of international education in Australia and its overlap with migration. http://mia.org.au/media/File/Evans_The_Future_of_Australian_International_Education.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Emailmarketing&utm_content=1145437595&utm_campaign=MIANews-Issue52&utm_term=here
  8. Sydney Morning Herald's Peter Hatcher: Chris Bowen has dumped the harsh rhetoric for a humane detention policy. (See link:) http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/a-compassionate-voice-20101022-16xxz.html
  9. I presume this link is a copy of Chris Bowens Speech at the MIA conference. Makes interesting reading. Another immigration minister from a welsh background - might I get any special treatment seeing as I'm welsh:wubclub::biglaugh: MIGRATION 2010 CONFERENCE, MIGRATION INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA – KEYNOTE ADDRESS - All News - Chris Bowen - Federal Member for McMahon - Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
  10. Guest

    New Minister for Immigration

    How sad am I? Well he's gone...just waiting for new immigration minister....and it is.... Chris Bowen??
  11. Ms Gillard has scrapped the title of education minister and appointed Peter Garrett as the Minister for Schools, Early Childhood and Youth, while Chris Evans becomes Minister for Jobs, Skills and Workplace Relations. Ms Gillard says Senator Evans will share some of the responsibility for higher education policies. "He will have the undergraduate end of higher education as I did and (Innovation, Industry and Science Minister) Kim Carr will have the research and post graduate end, which he has looked after for the last three years," she said. Senator Evans says education has been bolstered by the appointment of two ministers to the portfolio. "What she's actually done is lifted the priority by putting two Cabinet ministers in the portfolio," he said. "Peter Garrett's going to focus on schools because we have a very ambitious agenda there and if you look at it, the investment in schools has almost doubled under this Government in a short time." But the body representing Australia's universities says it is disappointed that the Government scrapped the education minister title. Universities Australia chairman Professor Peter Coaldrake says the omission of a reference to education may signal an inadequate understanding of the role higher education plays. He says higher education is a significant contributor to skills and jobs and deserves formal recognition. Meanwhile, Senator Evans says he will make employment training a priority under his appointment to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in Western Australia. He says the portfolio is best suited to a Western Australian or Queensland MP because those states are most at risk of future job shortages. "It's important that we provide those skills to grow those economies," he said. "I was an immigration minister and was always under pressure to provide new migrants to fill those skills needs. "That can only be a part of the solution; the solution's got to be up-skilling our own people, training our people, making sure that young Australians get opportunities for high-skilled, high-paid jobs." He also believes that having three Western Australian ministers in the Federal Government will boost Labor's presence in the traditionally conservative state. Gary Gray has been elevated from a parliamentary secretary role to the Special Minister of State portfolio, taking the number of WA ministers in Federal Parliament to three. Senator Evans is also from the state, along with Stephen Smith who will leave foreign affairs to become Defence Minister. He says the three portfolios are particularly important to the interests of WA. "We are the growth economy of Australia and it's important that we have strong representation from WA," he said. "Stephen Smith in the Defence portfolio, my portfolio and Gary Gray I think gives us a good mix and I think we'll have a strong representation for the West Australian voice in what are key portfolios for Western Australia."
  12. 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
  13. melbournegirlinny

    Chris Evans holds seat

    Looks like Chris Evans has held his seat :sad: Senate Results - Western Australia - 2010 Federal Election - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) The ABC is also saying at the moment that Labor has 70 seats and the Liberal/Coalition has 72 seats. Sandra
  14. ‘The government is committed to ongoing forward-planning and reform to ensure immigration levels are guided by Australia's needs and not by the desire of prospective migrants to come to Australia,’ Senator Evans said (pls follow the link to read the full announcement): Net overseas migration on track to fall by 20 per cent Can I just say, fine, if he wishes to do that - then do like what NZ does, make it clear and fair to everyone from the start through an 'Expression of Interest' system, and pick whoever you want to your heart's content; but NOT setting up goalposts for people and keep moving them!! And worst yet - retrospective legislations! :swoon:
  15. Guest

    Letter from 'Chris Evans'

    I received a letter this morning from Chris Callanan, State Director, South Australia, on behalf of Chris Evans. Basically with the visa we have applied for " it is unlikely his application will be finalised before 2012. " I wrote the letter as I was concerned about all the speculation of 'cap and cease'. The only piece of good news was that our visa would not be subject to this. I was however totally deflated with the time scale we were given! We were advised to apply for a Temporary Business ( subclass 457) visa. It is all very confusing... Can my OH go to Australia to find an employer then apply for this visa? Does he have to be 'offshore' when he applies? Does the fact he is now 45 stop him? Our agent will get a phone call in the morning to see if this visa route is an option. OMG my head is spinning... again! :arghh:
  16. I hope this works, but log on the link below and listen to the interview. http://www.abc.net.au/cgi-bin/common/player_launch.pl Not much clarity though! Which occupations? :arghh:
  17. Hi everyone After the debacle of 8th May this year, I emailed the Minister of Immigration (as suggested by many of you on this site) to let him know how much heartache him messing with the GSM visas is causing personally. I didn't expect a response but I did get one. It's not that great (and includes nothing we didn't already know) but I thought that I would post it on here anyway so you could all see what he is circulating around to people. Dear Ms ******** Thank you for your email of 9th May 2010 to the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, concerning the temporary suspension of the acceptance of certain General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applications. The Minister has asked that I reply on his behalf. I appreciate your desire to migrate to Australia, and that the presence of family members, and your visits, strengthen your ties to Australia. Australia's Migration Program is carefully managed so as to yield the maximum benefit for the Australian community. It serves a range of economic, social and demographic objectives. The skilled visa catergories are designed to select people who have skills and attributes which will enable them to integrate quickly into our labour market and use the skills that they have gained.The introduction of the new list of occupations is part of a package of proposed reforms that reflect the Australian Government's commitment to labour market demand-driven skilled migration program. As you are aware, as part of these reforms the Government has suspended the acceptance of certain GSM visa applications, and intends that the suspension will cease at the end of the 2009-2010 program year, that is at the end of 30 June 2010. The number of places available to independent skilled migrants in the skilled migration program is expected to fall as the number of places available for employer-sponsored skilled migrants increases. Employer-sponsored migration matches migrants directly to jobs in Australia, making it the best method to ensure the labour market gets the skills it needs now. It is therefore important that the smaller number of independent skilled migration places that are available are filled by migrants with skills that are critical to Australia's economic development in the medium to long term. The new list of occupations identifies these skills. You should also note that the new Skilled Occupation List will only apply to independent migration in the skilled stream. Where State and Territory Governments have negotiated State Migration Plans they will have a wider range of occupations available to them for sponsorship through the skilled sponsored visas. You may wish to monitor the occupations available for nomination through State and Territory Government websites. Links to these web-sites can be found on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's website at: www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/visa-options.htm From the information you have provided you may also wish to investigate your eligibility for permanent residency under one of the permanent employer sponsored visa catergories - the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). You should be aware that to be granted a visa in either of these catergories, you would need to have pre-arranged employment in Australia, and your proposed employer would need to nominate you as part of the visa application. Further information on the ENS and RSMS is available in 'Booklet 5 - Employer Sponsored Migration'. This booklet is available free of charge from the Department's website at: www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/booklets.htm Alternatively, you may wish to explore options such as the Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) visa. This visa is used by employers to sponsor overseas workers on a temporary basis for a period of between three months and four years. Subclass 457 visa holders may explore further options for permanent residence after having worked and lived in Australia. More information on the Subclass 457 visa option is available on the Department's website at: www.immi.gov.au/skilled/skilled-workers/sbs Thank you for bringing this matter to attention. Yours sincerely Peter Speldewinde As I said, not much that we didn't already know. Fingers crossed for us when the new SMP's are released.
  18. Seems like Chris Evans not having a good night's sleep lately :daydreaming:,that is the reason every morning when he reaches office he announces new changes. Even DIAC not aware of the changes, most of the time. I wish the Hon. Minister to have sound sleep, so he can think with clear mind and understand what he is doing.:biglaugh:
  19. Guest

    A letter to Chris Evans

  20. Guest

    The One True Chris.

    Some may think this not worthy of a new thread, BUT. It amazes me how often I read posts/threads on here that completely out of control. There is nothing wrong with a debate and strong opinion, but at times certain members (very few) get really worked up and get very very personal with their insults. Anyway back to the main topic. I have just finished having a 'debate' with 'theonetruechris'. Whilst it was obvious from the outset that we TOTALLY disagreed with each other, we were in actual fact NEVER going to see each others point of view we still managed to keep the conversation relatively polite and courteous. Though I am sure theonetruechris was counting to ten at times and biting down on a wooden spoon to stop himself hurling abuse at me, (much as I was I admit) we still managed to finish the debate with a cheers to each other and a G'day. I am far from perfect, far, far from it in actual fact, and I would imagine theonetruechris would say the same, but at the very least we were courteous. So I would like to say this, thanks mate, you REALLY have installed in me a belief once again in human kindness. Just when I have had to deal with another arsehole in my daily life not many hours ago this crops up and I feel a lot better. So mate, thank you very much for the consideration you showed, and looking forward to more open debates. (By the way, I still think your wrong,:wink:)
  21. matjones

    Chris Evans.. compassionate?

    Who'd have thunk it? Joy for adopted twins after Immigration red-tape U-turn | Perth Now
  22. Mylady

    A song to chris evans

    :cry:I am crying,I am cryyying throught the darks nights and the days I am crying to go to australia,to be in the sun,to be freeee. Can you hear me can you hear me through the dark nights across the sea. Can you hear me CHRIS EVANS.I want to be near you to kick your a.....s. Let me in,let me inn please change the process and let me in,dont shut me out. As you can see I am clearly losing my mind,feel free to join in and add more lines.
  23. Guest

    chris mullen

    hi i'm currently looking to emigrate to australia, i've got my own business as a driving instructor, does anyone know how much a driving lesson costs or the average salary of an instructor. you're help would be much appreciated. chris
  24. Guest

    happy birthday CHRIS