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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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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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Update on October intake from the NSW State Government:

NSW Nominated Skilled Migration Program-October Update

The October intake has reached the cap of 1,000 and it is closed.

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M A Robinson SC has been appointed by Solicitor and Migration Agent Sam Issa, after a shocking news article emerged in The Sydney Morning Herald on page 3.

The story is called 'how to be gay'.

Mr Issa has now mounted a case against the Office of the MARA in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.  

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The working holiday visa has been a popular stepping stone to the 457 visa and subsequently a permanent residence visa. Many skilled working holiday visa holders with carefully prepared and planned migration pathways have successfully made the transition. Australia has been promising to expand the program and has already added Greece, Poland, Spain and Portugal to the list this year. Now, Israel joins the list.

On 22 October 2014, Australia and Israel announced that a new Work and Holiday Memorandum of Understanding was signed, establishing a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement between the two countries.

This arrangement, when brought into effect, will allow up to 500 young adults from Israel and up to 500 young adults from Australia to enjoy a holiday in each other’s country, during which they may undertake short term work and study, according to DIBPs media release.

In the coming months, Australia and Israel will work closely together to implement the necessary legal and administrative processes to bring this visa into effect. The work and holiday arrangement will not commence until a start date has been agreed by both countries.

Once a commencement date has been announced, eligible young adults from Israel and Australia will be able to apply for this visa.

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