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  1. 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
  2. Guest

    New Minister for Immigration

    How sad am I? Well he's gone...just waiting for new immigration minister....and it is.... Chris Bowen??
  3. 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."
  4. This is from not too long ago. Although the rumour of the duo leaving has been circling for quite some time, this kind of confirms it. Source: DIAC minister Chris Evans to quit | Embrace Australia
  5. kernow43

    Evans demoted?

    There could also be a demotion for Immigration Minister Chris Evans, after the asylum seeker issue was used by the Coalition and Greens during the campaign to bleed support from Labor; Read more: Return of the Rudd as Labor licks wounds | News.com.au Who will it be?
  6. I completely understand the frustration of many of PIO members in regards to immigration difficulty in the past few years. Sure, Senator Evans's series of 'solutions' have been light-years away from ideal. However, calling him evil or bastard and those sort of swear words is a little far-fetched. It's NOT like all of a sudden he thought "Hey, let's just mess up the immigration system and make life tough for people." The system he inherited at the time badly needed an overhaul itself. The number of GSM applications had trebled; applications from certain regions (e.g. the sub-continent) had sky-rocketted many-folds. Then there were also tens of thousands of 'back door' entries using hairdressing/cookery loopholes. To me, what he inherited was clearly unsustainable. If there weren't so many people, I doubt if he would want to touch the GSM program. I'm not defending his solutions - there are certainly many better solutions out there. But I want to remind you of the motives; he has been doing it for the sake of a better Australia, the country to which many of you want to move, and NOT to intentionally enjoy torturing would-be migrants. Can I assure you that every change would have given them as much headache as it would give you guys. Again, I'm only defending his motive and the preceding necessity for changes (The latter seems to be largely overlooked.), but certainly not defending the execution of the solutions - as we already know it. Let's be critical yet fair!
  7. 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
  8. ‘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:
  9. 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:
  10. 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:
  11. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/nationalinterest/stories/2010/2918752.htm
  12. 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.
  13. 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:
  14. Guest

    A letter to Chris Evans

  15. How to crush an export boom. Just when you might have thought the policy shambles that is wrecking Australia’s third biggest export industry – education – couldn’t get worse, the Immigration Minister Chris Evans has hopped on a bulldozer to finish the job. The changes to Australia’s skilled migration program announced this week have brought such confusion to the business of student visas and occupational immigration that many operators of this $16 billion export industry are in complete despair. How to crush an export boom | Alan Kohler | News | Business Spectator Well informed article from Alan Kohler of The Business Spectator....
  16. "The money line from Chris Evans this morning in announcing changes to the skilled migration program was that this was about “taking back control of our immigration program”. From Crikey, explains well, Labor terrified of being outdone by conservatives on dog whistling issues of migration, population etc. Obvious those responsible do not understand system well, and terrified of the electorate (read over 50s white Australia) ..... This a.m. Albury Wodonga newspaper, complaining not enough cooks....... Australians may start opening their minds more when domestic TAFE and University fees increase dramatically next year with the former doubling..... due to decreasing students from Asia ...... their investment properties are empty due to less immigrants to rent ..... and as industry is already complaining, skill shortages already apparent....
  17. matjones

    Chris Evans.. compassionate?

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

    Senator Evans on Radio

    Immigration Minister responds to backlog concerns on ABC "the National Interest". Just listened to the Senators "reply" to the programme, that was broadcast 2 weeks ago. Lots of changes in the pipeline!?? Don't get your hopes up, not too much good news (if any) Enjoy Paul
  19. 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.
  20. The Federal Government says it expects immigration levels to bounce back to record highs once the global financial crisis is over. This will most probably be only for this year. "We're going to need migrants to keep the workforce numbers up in coming years," Maybe only for 12 months as a big rebound will happen as the Country comes out of it's short lived recession. Immigration cut only temporary: Evans - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  21. Guest

    Lee Evans!!!!

    I know this has absolutely nothing to do with Oz, but i am so excited.....something to take my mind off everything at the min( even though it will be tough a night without PIO)but it is worth the sacrifice....... Wait for it!!!!!! I am going to see Lee Evans live!!!! OMG.....if there was 1 thing i wanted to do before we go this would be it!:swoon: Are you jealous...are ya....huh...huh.....lol And breath....:goofy: Lou.