Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told the media that anyone coming to Australia with the intention of being a citizen will have to understand that the government is “putting Australian values at the heart of citizenship processes and requirements”.
PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called the list of skilled jobs that could be covered by controversial 457 visas “laughable”.
At a press conference in Canberra, Turnbull said the 457 Visa system needed to be replaced because it had “lost its credibility”.
“It’s not only crucial new citizens integrate and contribute to our nation but also that Australians have confidence in the process which determines whether someone is a suitable candidate for such an important privilege”.
“Labor has been saying we should prioritise Australian jobs”, she said.
Australia has announced major changes to its citizenship laws, making it tougher for foreign nationals to become Australian citizens.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said that for the two-year stream, which could be renewed for two years, “there won’t be permanent residency outcomes at the end of that”.
“The announcement has alarmed many multicultural advocates and migrant and ethnic groups will feel targeted”, said Al Jazeera’s Yaara Bou Melhem, reporting from Sydney.
Inspired by Trump, Prime Minister Turnbull has also pitched for “Australians First” and said Australian jobs should be for Australians.
“I think it’s possibly a government policy that makes out that they’re doing something to protect Australian jobs, but I don’t think that there’s much substance to it”, Mr Wright said.
“If we’re serious about getting Australians into skilled jobs, we must also revitalise our neglected vocational education and training system which has been treated like the poor cousin of the universities”.
He said the new visa would ensure that foreign workers were brought into Australia to fill critical skill gaps and not simply because it is easier to recruit a foreign worker than go for hiring an Australian.
The 457 temporary work visa allows skilled migrant workers who are sponsored by an employer, and who fill an area of need, to live in Australia for up to four years.
As per the Australian Government, applicants will be required to have stayed in Australia for a time period of 4 years.
The current citizenship multiple-choice questionnaire tests a person’s knowledge of Australian laws, national symbols and colours of the Aboriginal flag.