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Published on May 6th, 2011 | by john.weir

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Australian government under pressure to increase migration

The Australian government is coming under increasing pressure from business leaders across the country to increase levels of immigration in order to deal with critical skill shortages.

Writing in The Australian today, Jennifer Westacott, chief executive of the Business Council of Australia says that the government needs to “make greater use of temporary migration visas, including the 457 visa program, and the proposed new enterprise migration program for large investment projects.” She adds that she is looking for a clear indication in the budget announcement on May the 10th that the government is committed to robust levels of migration beyond the next 12 months.

In other words, that the government need to be less reliant on temporary skilled migration programmes like the 457 visa and more committed to allowing numbers of workers into the country increase in line with previous years. The Australian government has been putting the brakes on migration levels in response to fears of rising unemployment, but it is now clear that is no longer necessary. States like WA and ACT are at virtually full employment.

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