Friday, 11 November 2016

 

Issue #1 November

 

TOP STORY

Changes in the Australia's immigration policy
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

How is the Government changing Australia's immigration policy?

 

US election: What will a Donald Trump presidency mean for the world?

 

British doctors face Australian work visa restrictions

 

New task force sets out aims to reduce exploitation of overseas workers in Australia

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

How is the Government changing Australia's immigration policy?

The Federal Government will this week introduce legislation to ban refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru from ever coming to Australia.

The proposed changes have sparked a heated debate since being announced last week, but how do they differ from what's already in place?

What does the Government want to do?

The Government wants to change the Migration Act so that refugees and asylum seekers in offshore processing centres would never be allowed to come to Australia.

So even if a person was found to be a genuine refugee and gained citizenship in another country, they could not access any kind of visa - such as a business or tourists visa - to come to Australia in the future.

The legislation — which is not yet public - will include ministerial discretion, so the Immigration Minister could intervene in individual cases.

Who could it affect?

The legislation is designed to affect people who came to Australia by boat after mid-2013, a cohort which was sent to offshore processing centres on either Manus Island or Nauru.

It may also impact on people who are currently in Australia, if they had been transferred from an offshore centre for medical treatment.

The legislation won't affect people who were aged under 18 years at the time of their transfer offshore.

According to the latest statistics from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 1233 people remain in the offshore centres - 823 on Manus Island and 410 on Nauru.

How does this fit with international law?

The Coalition is adamant that the proposed changes are in keeping with Australia's international obligations.

Article 31 of the United Nations' 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees states that signatories "shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees".

It further states the advice should apply to refugees who come directly from a life-threatening region.

Advocates have criticised the proposed changes.

 
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US election: What will a Donald Trump presidency mean for the world?

Donald Trump win meaning for the world

Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States of America.

So, how is he going to Make America Great Again? And how will his election affect the world?

Immigration

The centrepiece of preside-elect Trump's campaign has been immigration reform.

Central to that - his vow to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico and temporarily closing US borders to all Muslims until we "figure out what the hell is going on".

Will the wall start going up tomorrow? No.

Mr Trump will need Congress to approve funding for the mammoth project and even then, construction of the wall would face numerous legal obstacles.

Economy and trade

Mr Trump has run largely on his business pedigree - although his opponents rate that as dubious.

He promises to introduce major tax cuts and bring jobs back to America.

How? That remains unclear.

He has inspired millions of disaffected American workers, who agreed with his anti-trade rhetoric.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he previously called "the rape of our country", is certainly dead.

He has threatened 35 per cent tariffs on American companies who manufacture offshore and a 45 per cent tariff on Chinese imports.

Foreign policy

Mr Trump has been particularly critical of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, calling it a "complete and total disaster" more than once.

He plans an "America-first" strategy, which includes threats to walk away from NATO allies if they fail to carry more of the cost of protecting America and themselves.

He has suggested that Japan and South Korea should have nuclear weapons.

His relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin has been scrutinised at length.

He has spoken favourably of the Russian leader and suggested the two countries would "get along well".

Drain the swamp

Mr Trump has pitched himself as an outsider that will break up the political establishment.

He has preached a five-point ethics reform plan in recent weeks, which includes a major crackdown on lobbyists.

He is also planning for fixed terms for members of Congress.

Supreme Court

Since February, the Supreme Court has been without a ninth member, and Republicans have blocked President Obama's nomination for months.

President-elect Trump will move to replace the late Antonin Scalia with a like-minded justice, one with conservative values to advance the conservative agenda.

He has suggested his Supreme Court appointees will reverse Roe versus Wade - a landmark court judgment that allows for late-term abortion when there is a risk to the health of the mother.

Source: ABC News

 

British doctors face Australian work visa restrictions

Australian visa restrictions for doctors

British doctors hoping to move to Australia to work because of the ongoing battle over pay and conditions could have their dreams dashed by tightened visa regulations.

The Australian government wants to remove a range of medical occupations from an approved list of professions eligible for applying for work and permanent residency.

Roles at risk of exclusion include:

  • Anaesthetists
  • Cardiologists
  • General practitioners
  • Gynaecologists
  • Intensive care specialists
  • Paediatricians

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) said the country has enough locally trained doctors to fill roles following a boom in training which has doubled the number of medical graduates over the last 12 years.

AMA president Dr Michael Gannon said: "Because of the growth in medical workforce numbers in Australia, a number of medical occupations are proposed for removal from the skilled occupations list.

"International medical graduates looking to come to Australia need to know that job opportunities are limited, often confined to short-term roles or areas of medical workforce shortage like rural locations," he said.

The General Medical Council has already issued 5,494 certificates this year showing fitness to practise for doctors wanting to work abroad. Around 1,829 certificates were issued to those wanting to work in Australia.

Around 7,528 British doctors were working in Australia in 2014 - up from 6,721 in 2013.

Last month, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt pledged to end the NHS's reliance on foreign doctors by increasing numbers trained in medical schools by 25%.

He also announced a requirement for new doctors to work for the NHS for a minimum of four years after graduation.

Source: itv NEWS

 
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New task force sets out aims to reduce exploitation of overseas workers in Australia

New Taskforce to protect overseas workers

The new task force set up in Australia to take action to reduce the number of overseas workers who end up being exploited, including students, by unscrupulous workers has held it its first meeting.

It has agreed to a programme of action guaranteeing a more proactive approach, including better communication with visa holders, stronger enforcement and preventative policies.

Foreign Workers DuskThe taskforce, chaired by professor Allan Fels, aims to make a real difference to the lives of people who move to Australia and then find they are asked to work extra hours without extra pay or are not paid the minimum wage.

'The Taskforce will identify further proposals for improvements in law, law enforcement and investigation, and other practical measures to more quickly identify and rectify any cases of migrant worker exploitation,' said Fels.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash also confirmed that the Government will amend the Fair Work Act 2009 to further protect vulnerable workers by increasing penalties which will see the introduction of a new, serious contravention penalty for deliberate or systemic exploitation.

The amendment will also strengthening the evidence gathering powers of the Fair Work Ombudsman and expressly prohibiting providing false or misleading information to Fair Work inspectors.

The change will see new provisions to capture franchisors who fail to deal with exploitation by their franchisees and expressly prohibit behaviour in which an employer pays the correct wages to an employee but then forces them to repay an amount.

 

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 required
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Possess 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 major expansion therefore is 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, 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 demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking

Hairdresser

Specializing 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 required
  • Relevant experience required
  • You must be honest and reliable, positive and friendly attitude
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Dedicated to personal and professional development
  • Excellent attention to details
  • 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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