Friday, 18th Aug 2017

 

Issue #2 Aug

 

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ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

Native English speaking Irish woman fails Australia voice test

 

Top businessman calls for immigration in Australia to be slashed

 

Planned changes to Australian citizenship heavily criticised by migration agents

 

Melbourne named world's most liveable city for a record seven years in a row

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

Native English speaking Irish woman fails Australia voice test

An Irish vet with degrees in history and politics has been unable to convince a machine that she can speak English well enough to stay in Australia.

Louise Kennedy is a native English speaker, has excellent grammar and a broad vocabulary.

She holds two university degrees - both obtained in English - and has been working in Australia as an equine vet on a skilled worker visa for the past two years.

But she is scrambling for other visa options after a computer-based English test - scored by a machine - essentially handed her a fail in terms of convincing immigration officers she can fluently speak her own language.

Earlier this year, Ms Kennedy decided she would seek permanent residency in Australia on the grounds of her vocation, as a shortage profession.

She knew she would have to sit a mandatory English proficiency test but was shocked when she got the results of her Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic.

While she blitzed all other components of the test including writing and reading, she failed to reach the minimum score immigration requires in oral fluency.

She scored 74 when the Government requires 79.

Ms Kennedy went to Pearson, which administers the PTE test.

Pearson is one of five test providers the immigration department uses to assess English competency for visa purposes.

But it was the only one that uses voice recognition technology to test speaking ability, with audio recordings then marked by a "scoring engine" that has been trained to identify acceptable and unacceptable answers to questions that appear on a computer screen.

Other test providers have told AAP they use human assessors to determine if people are competent speakers of English.

Ms Kennedy is convinced the PTE technology is flawed.

Pearson has categorically denied there is anything wrong with its computer-based test or the scoring engine trained to analyse candidates' responses.

Sasha Hampson, head of English for Pearson Asia Pacific, said the immigration department set the bar very high for people seeking permanent residency.

Pearson, which conducts its PTE test worldwide for a wide range of purposes, does not offer a pass or a fail, simply a score.

Ms Kennedy, who is due to have a baby in October, said she would now have to pursue a bridging visa, while she sought a more expensive spouse visa so she can remain with her Australian husband.

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Top businessman calls for immigration in Australia to be slashed

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Former Australian of the Year Dick Smith has launched a million dollar TV advertising campaign calling for immigration to be slashed.

The philanthropist wants politicians to develop an immigration plan that more than halves the number of people arriving in Australia every year.

He's based his new ad on the infamous 1980s "grim reaper" AIDS commercial and even hired John Stanton who voiced the original ad.

"We're told that endless economic growth is the solution to all our problems... growth, growth, go for growth… but what if growth is the problem?" the haunting ad states.

Handing out pitchforks at Tuesday’s launch, Dick Smith said he hopes his new take on immigration will trigger action on population growth.

"Endless growth will destroy Australia as we know it today," Smith said.

Smith pointed out that Australian families could have up to 20 kids if they chose to but said "none do" because that level of growth is simply impractical.

"They decide on a number they can give a good life to but our major political parties have no similar plan for Australia.

Smith suggests "endless growth and endless greed – meaning the finite wealth has to be divided between more people, and that means less for most."

He insists his call for immigration to be cut from 200,000 to 70,000 a year is not racist because that was the level under Prime Minister Paul Keating.

"Dick and I have done very well in life but we're going to die in probably the next 20 years and what are we going to leave behind?" Smith's wife Pip added.

"We're concerned about the life our grandchildren and probably their children will have."

Last year's Census revealed for the first time the main source countries for new immigrants has shifted from Europe, particularly the UK, to China and India.

But for Smith it's not about where new immigrants come from – it's about how many are coming.

Demographics Group managing director Bernard Salt told 7 News the "problem at the moment is Melbourne and Sydney".

"Melbourne is growing at an unsustainable rate, 110,000 people per year."

Smith is also calling for company tax to be raised from the current rate of 27. 5 per cent to 45 per cent, a mindset not shared by the Turnbull government, which currently pushing to have that number brought down even further.

The entrepreneur is also calling for the wealthy to pay an inheritance tax, claiming ordinary Aussies have been conned by the super wealthy.

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Planned changes to Australian citizenship heavily criticised by migration agents

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There is a danger that the proposed changes to the criteria for meeting the Australian citizenship test may be unattainable for many current permanent residents, according to a submission from migration agents.

The Migration Institute of Australia, which represents migration agents, has submitted a scathing response to the Australian Government’s consultation over planned changes which will make it harder to become a citizen.

It says that many of the changes should be abandoned, such as the current 12-month period of permanent residency required before an application for Australian citizenship can be made which the proposals increase to four years.

The MIA recommends that if changes are made to the Australian citizenship requirements, that transitional arrangements be made for those who have held a permanent resident visa for one year and who previously held temporary visas for at least three years.

It also recommends that the English requirement for citizenship should be set at functional English and that there should be no stand-alone English test while those who have already provided evidence of having the required level of English for a previous visa application should not be required to demonstrate their English language ability again.

'It is difficult to determine the factual reasoning for this proposal to strengthen the Australian citizenship test. The changes appear to be based on opinion, rather than evidence based research,' the report says.

Similarly, the Discussion Paper provides no empirical evidence or lucid reasoning for the proposal to strengthen the Australian citizenship test.

It points out that while integration is a common theme in most of the proposed changes, there is no indication in either the Report or the Discussion Paper that there have been significant issues or problems with the level of civic engagement and integration and social cohesion in Australia to date.

'It would appear that strengthening the Australian citizenship test represents a shift away from incentivising and motivating migrants to develop attributes that promote participation in Australian society, as the system was designed to do in the past. The focus of these proposed changes and the political rhetoric that surrounds the debate has moved firmly to using citizenship as a civic screening tool and border control mechanism,' it warns.

‘The proposed changes, if enacted, will result in a significant number of people not being able to attain Australian citizenship or having their citizenship delayed. From a public policy perspective, the ultimate concern is the reaction of significant numbers of people currently living in Australia who are affected by these changes,' it adds.

The MIA also sets out that people will end up feeling marginalised and inferior and this could result in a diminution of social cohesion, people losing trust in Australia, its Government, and its immigration bureaucracy. 'Losing whatever sense these applicants may have had of belonging in Australia, does not enhance social cohesion and seems at odds with attempts to improve safety and security in Australia,' the report also points out.

It adds that 'there can be no meaningful difference between the integration of someone who has had four years permanent residence and someone who has had three years residence on a temporary visa and one year on a permanent visa. In fact, many permanent residents have been in Australia for a significant amount of time on temporary visas before obtaining permanent residency'.

It also says that most MIA Members have assisted their clients through the process of obtaining temporary and then permanent visas and they know the genuine desire their clients have to become Australian citizens, and the time, money and effort they have spent to achieve this goal.

'Many of their clients may have made other decisions regarding their immigration if they had known that their ultimate goal of Australian citizenship would take longer than anticipated or in some cases even be unattainable. People expend considerable time and effort at significant financial cost to achieve genuine life goals such as Australian citizenship. They should be reasonably confident that the rules will not change significantly during this time, unless there were some drastic reason of public significance. There is no evidence that such a reason exists for the proposed changes to the residency requirements,' it concludes.

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Melbourne named world's most liveable city for a record seven years in a row

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MELBOURNE has been named world’s most liveable city for a record seventh year in a row.

It's the first time a city has held the title in its own right over that number of wins, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Report 2017.

Melbourne scored an overall rating of 97.5 out of 100 on the liveability index this year, narrowly pipping the Austrian capital Vienna at the post.

In a repeat of last year's result, the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary took the next positions, with Adelaide in a tie with Calgary for fifth place.

The only other Australian city in the top 10 was Perth in seventh place, while Sydney came in at 11, "reflecting growing concerns over possible terror attacks".

Melbourne scored a perfect 100 in healthcare, education and infrastructure.

It scored 95.1 for culture and environment and 95 for stability.

The scores were identical to last year's liveability index results.

The report said that although the top five cities remain unchanged, "the past few years have seen increasing instability across the world, causing volatility in the scores of many cities".

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Available Jobs in Australia

Jobs in Australia

Job2Go is a local recruitment company based in Adelaide, Queensland and Sydney, and has been providing staffing solutions and human resource services to small to large sized companies throughout Australia. We are hiring for the following positions.

Cook

An exciting opportunity had opened for an experienced Cook! Our client has been providing high quality authentic Indian food for the past 20 years. The right candidate will have excellent knowledge of dishes from all over India.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • The ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Attention to detail and be a good team player.

Office Manager

Our client has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Office Manager to join their team! This family owned business specialises in commercial printing including digital, wide format and offset printing. Proven to be very successful, they are currently undergoing a major expansion and therefore are in need of an Office Manager who possess high standards of organisational skills.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience within a professional service firm
  • Formal qualifications required
  • Strong work ethic and be highly organised and attention to detail with accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and balance several tasks and work with deadlines with a demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking

Hairdresser

Specialising in all cutting styles, our client is in need of an experienced Hairdresser who is capable of providing services to all age groups. Our client’s concept is simple and clean and is ladies only cutting salon. The ideal candidate must possess the ability to cut all hair styles and be extremely confident in all aspects of hair.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience
  • You must be honest and reliable, positive and friendly attitude
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Dedication to personal and professional development
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Extensive knowledge in all aspects of hair and products

Medical Administrator

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • At least a Bachelor degree or at least 5 years’ of relevant experience.
  • An understanding of medico-legal issues and the legislative framework for public health services
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of an inter-disciplinary team and to communicate with clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Ability to analyse and critically evaluate relevant information and apply to medical management issues
  • Well-developed written and communication skills

Contact Job2Go on 1300 562246. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send your resume to jobs@job2go.org

Alternatively you can check our website for further details www.job2go.org

 
 

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