‘Australia first’ foreign visa changes spark cheers, fears

Australia’s controversial decision to scrap a visa programme for temporary foreign workers got a mixed response Wednesday, with critics slamming it as spin over substance and pandering to anti-immigration rhetoric. The “457 visa” allows businesses facing skills shortages to employ labour from overseas, but has been slammed by unions amid claims that bosses were abusing […]

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Two airports not enough for Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city has been growing rapidly during the last decades. Two of the city’s airports – Tullamarine (MEL) and Avalon (AVV) may appear to be insufficient to meet the city’s needs soon. Therefore, Australian State Government of Victoria has approved a plan to build a third airport in five years as a […]

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Australia steps up security checks on airline passengers from Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Passengers flying to Australia from three Middle Eastern airports will be subject to additional security checks on the basis of national security advice, the Federal Government has confirmed. From next week, passengers flying from Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi will undergo random explosive detection tests and targeted screening of electronic devices. Federal Transport Minister Darren […]