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New visa for migrant parents to stay in Australia for up to 10 years - for $20,000
Source: sbs.news

New visa for migrant parents to stay in Australia for up to 10 years - for $20,000

As many as 15,000 people each year will be able to pay up to $20,000 to bring their parents to Australia for up to a decade, following the Turnbull Governments latest immigration shakeup, Australian SBS News reveal. The financial burden of healthcare for migrant parents will be shouldered by their children under the new visa, with sponsors legally required to pay for their private health insura...


Why should immigrants speak perfect English when Australians can't?
Source: SMH.Australia

Why should immigrants speak perfect English when Australians can't?

How does Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expect migrants to achieve functional standards of speech when most Australians cant even pronounce the name of our own country? While it appears that Turnbull has been motivated to attract more Pauline Hanson voters with his new citizenship test requirements, he is attacking the wrong communication deficit. We have a serious communication skills pro...


Australia's move to restrict migrant intake reflects broader global trend
Source: guardian

Australia's move to restrict migrant intake reflects broader global trend

The governments abolition of the primary visa for foreign workers coincides with a US plan to overhaul its temporary skilled migration program and reports New Zealand is set to control its immigration mix. The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has moved to restrict skilled migration into the country, announcing the abolition of the controversial 457 visa program. Despite its success ...


Australia's move to restrict migrant intake reflects broader global trend
Source: guardian

Australia's move to restrict migrant intake reflects broader global trend

The governments abolition of the primary visa for foreign workers coincides with a US plan to overhaul its temporary skilled migration program and reports New Zealand is set to control its immigration mix. The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has moved to restrict skilled migration into the country, announcing the abolition of the controversial 457 visa program. Despite its success ...


Australian court rejects British painkiller firm's appeal

Australias highest court on Wednesday rejected British company Reckitt Benckisers appeal of a 6 million Australian dollar ($4.5 million) fine for misleading consumers about the effectiveness of a popular painkiller. The High Court full-bench refused to hear the appeal after Reckitt Benckisers lawyers outlined its argument for why the fine imposed by the Federal Court in December was too high. ...


Cyclone Debbie likely to become a tropical low by 10 am Wednesday
Source: agencies

Cyclone Debbie likely to become a tropical low by 10 am Wednesday

The Bureau of Meteorology warns gales will continue across coastal and inland Queensland in the cyclones path, and heavy rain may continue for 24 hours. Cyclone Debbie is edging slowly inland having crossed the north Queensland coast between Airlie Beach and Bowen about midday on Tuesday as a category four system, bringing wind gusts of 260 kilometres per hour. Some hours later it was downg...


Australian Cyclone 'Debbie' damage could cost billions, warns Insurance Council
Source: Lucia Stein,abc.net

Australian Cyclone 'Debbie' damage could cost billions, warns Insurance Council

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has declared Cyclone Debbie a catastrophe and warned that, while there is no estimate of a damage bill yet, previous cyclones have cost billions of dollars. More than 90 per cent of North Queenslanders have some kind of insurance coverage and most home and contents insurance policies cover cyclone damage, according to the ICA. The ICA will declare an...


Woman raped repeatedly by student nurse working as her carer, Brisbane court told
Source: abc.net

Woman raped repeatedly by student nurse working as her carer, Brisbane court told

A 21-year-old male nursing student from Kenya repeatedly raped, assaulted and threatened a woman in his care between July and November last year, a Brisbane court has heard. The Kenyan national, who cannot be named, has been in Australia on a student visa for the past year. He was taken into custody yesterday. He was charged with more than 20 counts of rape while working as a carer at the...


Immigration Minister of Australia seeking 'trump like powers' to review visa ?

The Federal Opposition has accused the Immigration Minister of seeking Trump-like powers to review the visas of certain people based on their nationality, race or religion. The Government wants to introduce a process to revalidate the health, character, employment and contact information for some long-term visa holders, as part of its plan to trial a 10-year visa for Chinese nationals. If ad...


Interaction with former Finance Minister of Nepal Bishnu Paudel held in Melbourne
Source: NV-Melbourne

Interaction with former Finance Minister of Nepal Bishnu Paudel held in Melbourne

The interaction session with former Financial Minister and Deputy-General Secretary, Communist Party of Nepal (UML), Mr. Bishnu Prasad Paudel and Foreign Affairs expert, Dr Rajan Bhattarai held at Nepal Consulate Office of Victoria. The session was organised by the Overseas Nepalese Forum (ONF) Victoria . The principal focused on the latest political development in Nepal, the former government...


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