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  1. I hate her voice, a hundred times worse than Thatcher. I've no other women in Australia talk like that.
  2. kernow43

    Julia's Retirement Poster

    Could this be her retirement poster "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.."
  3. Nick and sez

    Julia Gillard At Royal wedding.

    Watching the royal wedding today, i saw Aussie PM Julia Gillard, she looked great in her out fit and i think did Australia proud as their representitive.. many people may not have liked the wedding but i think Will and kate have done more PR today for a stuffy outdated monarchy than in 30 years..... Love them or hate them, the new Royal couple are a breath of fresh air amd maybe will be the key to the commonwealth staying together.... Hopefully the Queen will pass it straight over to Prince William and not Charles... William will make a good KING, I did not see anyone else in OZ after the floods apart from Wills, forget the pomp and pangentry, today was a good day your PM Julia Gillard did Australia Proud..:yes:
  4. Sounds more like a post-election speech than Xmas message.
  5. Well and good explanation about new immigration policy and Indian migrants regards ( see bellow link), still i am having doubt, because last 3 years cooks PR applications most of them not processed, and DIAC show the number of applicants list to "cap and cease bill commit y" cooks are nearly 14,000 like, i reckon this is good trick of immigration ministry. Senate have to consider this type of number magics. Then in Australia having cafe culture every streets having number of hotels and restaurant due to this cooks wanted high. Any way bellow link big article gives some good breath to Indians who are in OZ. thanks Dhani pl visit Australia: Julia Gillard’s “Sustainable Population” Plan & Indian Students | The Moderate Voice In India, the media coverage about changes in Australian education/immigration policy created some panic. The Australian High Commission issued a clarification to end the fevered speculation, especially as a large number of Indian students are attending colleges and vocational institutes in Australia. The key points in the press release on ‘Australia’s Skilled Migration program’ are: • Australia has altered its skilled migration policy, not its student visa policy • No students are going to be sent home in July • On the contrary all will be allowed to complete their courses after which they can apply for an additional 18 months stay during which they can work and seek employer sponsorship to remain in Australia • There is no plan for ‘visa capping’ on student visas • The changes apply to all applications from all countries. They are not targeted at India, nor are they triggered by the problems of the last year over attacks on Indian students • The changes are not retrospective – they apply only from 1 July 2010 • Australia has in place very generous transition measures • Australia is open to skilled migration that meets its labour market needs The press release continues: “In response to recent media reports on changes to Australia’s skilled migration program, the High Commission would like to clarify the following points. First we are making changes to Australia’s skilled migration program, not our student visa program. “The changes to our skilled migration program, announced on 8 February 2010, reflect the evolving needs of the Australian labour market. We are committed to a skilled migration program that is targeted at the needs of the Australian labour market. Our goal is to ensure the Australian economy remains strong and efficient. These specific labour market needs are determined by an independent statutory authority – Skills Australia. “Second, the changes we are making to our skilled migration program are global changes. They are not targeted at India or any other country. They were not triggered by the problems of the last year over attacks on Indian students. “Third, the changes are not retrospective and will apply only from 1 July 2010. “Fourth, no students from any country will be sent home on 1 July. Such reports confuse two different categories of visa. The skilled migration visa is completely separate to the student visa. No student, whether from India or elsewhere, currently studying in Australia is going to be asked to cease their course because of changes to our skilled migration program. They will be allowed to complete their studies. Many have visas that enable them to study courses for several years. “But it is important to remember that student visas allow people to come to Australia on a temporary basis for a specified period to undertake study at an Australian educational institution. There is no guarantee of migration just because someone holds a student visa. Any suggestion to the contrary is a misrepresentation of Australia’s clearly stated policy. Fifth, the Australian Government has provided generous transition arrangements to ensure those international students who were in Australia when the changes were announced on 8 February 2010 have every opportunity to fulfil their objectives. If their objective is to complete their studies, they will be free to do so. If their objective is to shift to another course of study, they will be free to do so subject to meeting the entry requirements. If their objective is to stay in Australia to work after the completion of their studies, they can apply for a Temporary Skilled Graduate visa under the old arrangements, which will give them 18 months with full work rights. They can use this time to find an employer-sponsor, find a state-government sponsor, gain a new skill or get work experience. These are very generous transition arrangements by any measure. “These transition arrangements apply until the end of 2012 and extend to all people who held student visas at the date of the announcement (8 February 2010). These arrangements provide students with both the time and the opportunity to explore their options in the Australian labour market before making a decision on their future. “Those who are able to demonstrate that they can meet Australia’s skills needs as articulated in the requirements for a permanent skilled visa will still have the opportunity to achieve permanent residence. . The success of an individual applicant will depend on whether they meet the requirements for a visa that exist at the time they make an application. “Some media outlets have raised concerns about ‘visa capping’. These concerns relate to a Bill that is currently before the Australian Parliament. The amendments proposed in this Bill have been designed to manage the skilled migration program and ensure it meets the labour market needs of the Australian economy as flexibly as possible. There are no plans to apply this power to the student visa program. It is worth noting that the power to cap visa applications has existed for some years – the Bill that is before the Parliament seeks to provide greater precision and flexibility in the way in which the power can be applied.” More information on the changes to the Australian skilled migration program can be found at: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/faq-gsmchanges.pdf Meanwhile see here what Ian Young, vice-chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology, wrote in The Australian early this year about violence involving foreign students.
  6. PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has declared she does not believe in a ''big Australia'', signalling a major shift in policy on the nation's burgeoning population growth. In her first significant policy break from the Rudd-era, Ms Gillard said the nation should not ''hurtle down the track towards a big population''. ''I don't support the idea of a big Australia with arbitrary targets of, say, a 40 million-strong Australia or a 36 million-strong Australia. We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia. ''I support a population that our environment, our water, our soil, our roads and freeways, our busses, our trains and our services can sustain.'' Australia's growing population has become a politically sensitive issue, and Ms Gillard pointedly targeted her comments to marginal voters in outer suburban seats. ''If you spoke to the people of Western Sydney, for example, about a big Australia,'' she said, ''they would laugh at you and ask you a very simple question: where will these 40 million people go?'' Treasury's Intergenerational Report earlier this year predicted Australia's population would rise from about 22 million to 35.9 million in 2050 if current trends in overseas migration and fertility continued, with immigration by far the biggest contributor. Melbourne was predicted to hit 7 million people, and Sydney would grow to more than 7.5 million. The report caused widespread unease about whether big cities, now straining under inadequate infrastructure, could cope. Then prime minister Kevin Rudd backed away from his earlier comment that he favoured a ''big Australia'' by appointing Tony Burke as Population Minister to develop a strategy. Ms Gillard said Mr Burke's job description would now change to ''send a very clear message about this new direction''. He would now be known as the Minister for Sustainable Population. Although Ms Gillard stressed her belief that population growth should be limited was ''not about bringing down the shutters in immigration'', any move to lower current rates would involve taking in significantly fewer immigrants. Last year, overseas migration added almost 300,000 people - about double the rate of natural increase accounted for by births and deaths. Australia's population has been growing faster than some developing countries, including the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. ''It is a debate about planning affected by many factors, water supply, open space, infrastructure, ensuring the appropriate tax base to support our ageing population … the need for skills and the need to preserve a good quality of life,'' the new PM said. The opposition has no clear policy on immigration levels, but immigration spokesman Scott Morrison has suggested 300,000 a year is too high. It has also tried to link the population debate to a rise in the number of boats carrying asylum seekers. Ms Gillard will face new scrutiny over the government's policies after another boatload was intercepted near Christmas Island last night. Ninety-six asylum seekers and three crew were aboard. Earlier, Ms Gillard suggested the government could pursue different immigration policies for different parts of the country. ''Australia has this very difficult problem - parts of Australia are desperate for workers, but other parts are desperate for jobs. ''Having a smart and sustainable population, coupled with the right skills strategy, will help improve this imbalance.'' Any move to cut significantly Australia's migration intake would anger business groups, which support strong population growth to keep the economy growing and fix skills shortages. Gillard rejects 'big Australia'
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