Published on February 2nd, 2013 | by john.weir1
New Immigration Minister for Australia
There is a new Immigration Minister in Australia – and that’s good news for migrants from the British Isles.
The Australian Prime Minister announced only this morning (Australian time) the appointment of a new Minister for Immigration and Citizenship – a Brendan O’Connor. The interesting thing is that Minister O’Connor is a former migrant himself of Irish/UK background, being born in London to Irish parents in 1962. He migrated himself to Melbourne with his family when he was 6 years old and was an Irish citizen all the way up until 1995 when he took out Australian citizenship.
Having this personal background, it would not be surprising if the new Minister has a sympathetic perspective on the desire of new migrants (especially from the UK and Ireland) to call Australia home.
Further information on the new Australian Immigration Minister can be found on his Wikipedia page and details about his own migrant story can be found in his first speech to Parliament as a new MP back in 2002. See:
The appointment of Brendan O’Connor as Immigration Minister is reported in the following news article from Melbourne’s newspaper of record The Age – http://www.theage.com.au/
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