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Natalie O'Brien, a reporter from the Sydney Morning Herald has written a news story today.  She says "A blacklist of registered migration agents and lawyers the Department of Immigration tried to keep secret has been reproduced online, escalating calls for an inquiry and a possible class action against the department."

As migration agents would already be aware, Migration Alliance's Convenor, Accredited Specialist immigration lawyer, Christopher Levingston said that the creation and maintenance of what he called a "shi* list" of registered migration agents  "is a complete disgrace and shows the absolute contempt that the department has for the profession".

Mr Levingston said the department had acted deceitfully and in a manner that damaged the clients of agents because of some unspecified criteria. 

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The immigration department has launched a national campaign to investigate allegations of unauthorised payment to visa sponsors in return for visas, reports the office of the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash.

Minister Cash said although the overwhelming majority of people do the right thing, it is a small minority who don't abide by their obligations or attempt to defraud our migration programmes.

"Visa fraud is not acceptable and anyone who engages in this type of behaviour will face serious penalties," Minister Cash said.

"The campaign will involve an initial assessment of up to 100 visa sponsors who are subject to allegations that they have been in some way connected to receiving payment for arranging sponsorship for individuals under the 457 visa programme," said Minister Cash

"The previous Labor Government was quick to demonise the subclass 457 programme with broad, unsubstantiated claims of widespread rorting while failing to focus on increased compliance. In contrast, the Coalition Government is as tough on enforcing our immigration laws in the workplace as we are on our borders and has already achieved a significant escalation in compliance, investigation and integrity activities, across a broad range of immigration and visa product areas."

A public education component of the campaign Work visa scams. Don't pay the price will further educate visa sponsors about their obligations and remind visa holders of their rights and responsibilities.

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Our 2013 Melbourne Cup cocktails at Wooden Spoon is still being talked about, from fun company, to fabulous food and the race that stops the nation!

This year, Liana Allan - Migration Alliance and Stacey Martin - Expat Advisors Community, would like you to join us for a Private Party at the swanky new venue Café del Mar overlooking sparkling Darling Harbour.

·        Flute of Moet & Chandon on arrival, delicious canapés and unlimited Peroni and specially selected wine over four hours

·        Private room and covered outdoor lounge area, with sunset deck overlooking Darling Harbour

·        Own screen to view races with onsite betting via Sportsbet.com

·        Fashion parade and prizes for best dressed

·        All day entertainment till late

Cost is $145 per head and with numbers capped at 70 let Liana know asap if you would like to join in and if you will be bringing guests. Payment date and details to be provided.

Café del Mar, 35 Wheat Rd, Rooftop Terrace, Cockle Bay 02 9267 6700

For those in the city, just swing past PwC at the end of Market Street and turn left over the overpass to the restaurant entrance just next to Chinta Ria.

Please email Liana your details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join her on the day.

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A cumbersome and slow migration process in Australia is potentially causing the ‘best brains’ to look elsewhere with some experts saying that Australia is at risk of squandering the benefits of immigration, reports the SBS.

A sustainable migration conference in Adelaide has heard that Australia ‘can't afford to bask in past glories, as the fast changing immigration landscape means Australia faces stiff competition for the pick of the migrants” reports the SBS.

For decades, Australia's carefully planned migration policies have driven economic growth and social diversity - making the country both the desire and the envy of many.

Demographer Graeme Hugo from the University of Adelaide thinks Australia needs to start selling itself better or risk losing migrants to the growing Asian economies.

"There are now a dozen countries in Asia that have their own skilled migration program which competes with Australia. So it is a very, very changed landscape and with the Asian economy going do well and increasing to likely be by the end of this decade about a third of the global economy. This migration is going to increase” says Professor Hugo.

Australia’s migration program has in recent years been steadily skewing toward policies that aim to attract the ‘best and the brightest’. The skilled migration program has been enlarged with the processing largely focussing on streamlining in order to be more responsive and attractive. The question remains whether this will be enough given the emerging international competition to tap on this critical talented human resource.

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The Australian paradox is that high unemployment levels are likely to remain despite the projected good economic growth in the coming decades. Experts warn that unemployment levels in Australia “is not a general problem, it's very specific to a particular group of disadvantaged people” and in fact Australia faces a severe labour shortage that could threaten Australia’s future economic growth, reports the ABC.

Low birth rates which is below replacement levels, an ageing workforce, an undersupply of skilled labour and a growing economy will lead to a severe labour shortage in Australia by the end of the next decade, warns one of the world's biggest management consultants. Boston Consulting Group has released a report predicting a shortfall of 2.3 million workers by 2030. The firm says Australia's economic growth risks losing momentum in the years ahead unless the country can find ways to plug the gap.

"One of the primary things we looked at was historical growth rates, and if we look back across the last 10 to 20 years for Australia, look at how we've grown - and it's been between 3 and 3.5 per cent GDP per year - if we project that forward, then Australia is going to be facing a labour shortage, and it's going to hit pretty badly by 2030" says the report.

Boston Consulting Group sees a range of solutions to ensure Australia's future economic growth is not threatened by an undersupply of workers. They include boosting skills training to lift productivity, as well as extending the Government's skilled migration program. The Government has also proposed another remedy - raising the retirement age to 70 by 2035.

Experts note that the economy and employers require high level skills and will need to get them from a well-trained workforces or a skilled migration programme. In contrast to this is the unemployment issue in Australia which experts say is linked to a specific group of people who need to upskill to help the economy.

University of Canberra labour economist Phil Lewis says, "I think our major problem is unemployment in Australia, is not a general problem, it's very specific to a particular group of disadvantaged people...What I would say is that, I think as long as we can find a solution to these people who are poorly educated, left school before Year 12, if we can get them skilled up to basics, generic skills, people skills, numeracy, literacy et cetera, that will go a long way to reducing unemployment."

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