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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...


Melbourne based DJ Jake Mastroianni placed in top security Thai jail
Source: AAP

Melbourne based DJ Jake Mastroianni placed in top security Thai jail

An Australian man facing two life jail sentences in Thailand for drugs possession has been transferred to a top security jail where prisoners on death row are also held. Lawyers for Jake Mastroianni, 26, who had been a popular DJ in his hometown in Melbourne, say theyve been making slow progress in efforts to transfer him to an Australian jail. Mastroianni was arrested in August 2014 at the ...


USA visa waiver program for Australians: Trump may scrap visa free entry
Source: AAP

USA visa waiver program for Australians: Trump may scrap visa free entry

Australians planning on visiting the US could be forced to undertake an in- person interview with American officials under strict new border rules US President Donald Trump is considering. The Los Angeles Times, citing a draft copy of an executive order on immigration and refugees Trump is mulling, reported the visa waiver program that allows Australians and citizens from 37 other countries a 9...


Biomolecular scientist Professor Alan Mackay-Sim honoured as Australian of the Year.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Biomolecular scientist Professor Alan Mackay-Sim honoured as Australian of the Year.

Biomolecular scientist Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, whose research helped restore mobility in a quadriplegic man, has been named this years Australian of the Year. Vicki Jellie (Australias Local Hero), Sister Anne Gardiner AM (Senior Australian of the Year) and Paul Vasileff (Young Australian of Year) were also honoured at a ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday night. Professor Mackay-Sim used his a...


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