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Hi all, I have been following this forum for a long time and now that things are getting even more crazy and stressful than they already are, I wanted to post a snippet of a newsletter I receive frequently on the Aussie Immigration Policy. It's very important we all speak up NOW before our futures and dreams are all shattered.. Please see below: As mentioned earlier today DIAC intend to enact legislation that will allow them to AXE many 1000s of applications from people who have been waiting patiently for substantial periods of time already. This is unfair in so many ways and is the most draconian piece of legislation I have seen in 17 years in the industry. It eats at the core of Australian fairness for all those people who have sacrificed so much in making sure they meet Australia's requirements, lodged perfectly good applications, and then had to wait patiently whilst their applications and lives have been put on hold an inordinate amount of time. Note this is not the fault of the department of immigration (DIAC), they only follow what they are told to do. This legislation is the responsibility of the minister for immigration and ultimately the PM. This legislation is close to passing and I would suggest that if you feel this is unfair and wrong, that you make contact with not just your local MP urgently but also contact the other people below of influence. Tell them how much you have spent in time, money and emotional toil and how much you trusted Australia to stand by their own laws. Minister for Immigration : Senator Chris Evans firstname.lastname@example.org Prime Minister: The Hon Kevin Rudd Email your Prime Minister | Prime Minister of Australia (you need to fill a form on his website) Deputy Prime Minister: The Hon Julia Gillard email@example.com Leader of Opposition: The Hon Tony Abbott Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au If you are potentially affected by this axing because you currently have a general skilled migration application with DIAC (475, 487, 175, 176, 885, 886 or 887 visa categories) then it is important that you advise the senate enquiry as to how unfair you think this. You should explain how much time, money and turmoil you have gone through and why you think it unfair. As well as politicians emails addresses, the senate have a page to except submissions here .. http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/legcon_ctte/migration_amendment_visa_capping/info.htm . You should send it them as well through details below. And the full text of this page is here .. you only have until the 4th JUNE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010 Information about the Inquiry On 26 May 2010 the Senate referred the following matter to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report. The Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010 (the Bill) seeks to amend the Migration Act 1958 to enable the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (the Minister) to cap visa grants and terminate visa applications based on the class or classes of applicant applying for the visa. In particular, the Bill would enable the Minister to make a legislative instrument to determine the maximum number of visas of a specified class or classes that may be granted in a financial year to visa applicants with specified characteristics, and treat outstanding applications for the capped visa as never having been made. The proposed amendments are intended to address issues relating to the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa program. Submissions should be received by 04 June 2010. The reporting date is 15 June 2010. The Committee is seeking written submissions from interested individuals and organisations preferably in electronic form submitted online or sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document. The email must include full postal address and contact details. Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to: Committee Secretary Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee PO Box 6100 Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Australia
Hi All This meeting is being broadcst live via the Internet. The new Minister for Immi will be there, along with half of DIAC including all of DIAC's most senior staff. I reckon that nothing will happen of great interst to any of us until after the morning break at 10:30 AEST. Currently it is 09:00 AEST and 23:00 BST. The link to the page to get into the TV thing is below: Parliament of Australia: Senate Estimates The Agenda is below: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/estimates/supp1011/legcon.pdf Cheers Gill
connaust posted a topic in Visa ChatBoth Student Welfare, ESOS reports and articles from The Australian Higher Ed section can be found below. Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee. Inquiry into the Welfare of International Students : * Information about the Inquiry * Getting involved in Senate Committee inquiries * Upload Submission Online * Submissions Received * Public Hearings and Transcripts * Report A parliamentary committee appearing to be political, not much of a surprise.... Reading objectively (only glossed so far) one is struck by the fact that no individual students, agents, school admissions nor international related personnel views were cited in the report, explains why views were not actively sought in the first place? Local workplace issues take precedence over international student care? Appears that (especially) state sector providers resorted to related unions speaking on their behalf to the committee, and private used peak industry bodies, while committee paid attention to everyone, everyone except the clients and those actually working within system? Some half hearted attempts at including views of students, but again shows this Australian (bureaucratic) resistance to hearing it how it is from users? Interesting note, is that it appears the committee demanded that state VET accreditation bodies make submissions, and in return got replies stating that NTIS training packages are used, therefore if any quality problems it is DEEWR's fault... This pass the parcel on education quality is going to go on for years...... unions as a rule will do everything possible to avoid scrutiny of teaching and administrative quality in state sector. This is also true in private as it may set a precedent that must be replicated in state sector.... ESOS Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Re-registration of Providers and Other Measures) Bill 2009 : * Information about the Inquiry * Information about the Bill * Getting involved in Senate Committee inquiries * Upload Submission Online * Submissions Received * Report From The Australian A SENATE report on the welfare of international students was criticised yesterday for skating over problems of racism threatening student safety . The report, tabled in parliament yesterday, found that the majority of evidence suggested that assaults against international students were more likely to be "opportunistic robberies" than prompted by racism. As a senior policeman suggested earlier this year, Indian studnets need to make themselves less visible... bit like Central Europe in the thirties... hope they will disappear? Simon Marginson comments: Relations still at low ebb. DESPITE much "window-dressing" about the overseas student issue, nothing has been done to improve relations with the Australian community, higher education analyst Simon Marginson warned this week . Shonky colleges can be fixed within the existing regulatory framework, but student safety goes to the heart of relations with the Australian community, the Melbourne University professor of higher education said. In both cases there is already sufficient legislation and regulations, the issue is getting anybody to be responsible?
Economic stimulus package cuts reduce your payout by $50 | The Daily Telegraph THE Rudd government's $42 billion economic stimulus package has been rejected by parliament. The Senate voted down the government's legislation, implementing the package, after independent senator Nick Xenophon voted with the coalition. The Australian Greens and Family First's Steve Fielding voted with the government, tying the vote at 35-35. The Federal Government had earlier agreed to reduce cash payments to eligible taxpayers by $50 to $900 following negotiations with crossbench senators about its $42 billion economic package. It would also reduce by the same amount, the one-off payment to single-income families. The federal government will now reintroduce legislation advancing its $42 billion economic stimulus package later today after it was rejected by the Senate, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has told parliament.