Release: The Future Party rejects changes to the 457 visa conditions

The Future Party, one of Australia’s newest political parties, is calling on the Greens, the Labor Party and the independents to reject the changes to 457 visa conditions, which would require employers to seek Australian residents for positions before applying for 457 visas.

James Jansson, party leader and Senate candidate, said “There is no evidence at all that the program is being exploited at the expense of Australian workers. The Government is attempting to rush through legislation for a problem that isn’t even real, let alone urgent. This is purely about acting tough on migrants for political gain.”

The Government’s own report on 457 visas [1] shows that applications have remained steady at around 6000 applications per month since 2011. The visa grant rates appear to have actually reduced slightly in recent times, with only 5150 applications granted in April 2013. The rule will do little to change employment conditions in Australia. Many of those who obtain 457 visas go on to obtain permanent residency, becoming long-term members of our society.

The Future Party believes that this policy is being introduced and supported as a way to cater to the false[2] notion that immigrants reduce the number of jobs in the economy available to other residents. In fact immigrants, who make up a significant proportion of our population, add value to the community and the economy.

“The 457 visa holders represent exactly the type of person that we want to move to Australia. These are people who want to come to Australia, work hard and pay taxes – taxes we need to plug the deficit and to fund services. We should be doing everything we can to attract more of these types of people, not turn them away.”

“This rule just adds a new level of bureaucracy to the system, increasing costs to both taxpayers and employers – but exceptions in the law mean there will be little actual change to the way 457 visas are used”, said Mr Jansson.

Not all proposed changes are unwelcome. The Future Party supports allowing visa holders who become unemployed for a longer period to find new work. However, the legislation as it stands represents a major step backwards for political attitudes toward migrants.

The Future Party prides itself on its uniquely pro-immigration stance.  

“While the ALP, Coalition and the Greens are all trying to prove how tough they can be towards immigrants, we will continue to celebrate the contributions they make to our nation, and make the case for immigration to the Australian people” said Mr Jansson.

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The Future Party is a new political party which is dedicated to thinking of long term solutions to advance our society. The Future Party believes quality of life is improved primarily through technological developments, sourced through a scientific approach to knowledge in the context of democracy and peace. We see innovation, education and economic reforms as key to the success of Australia.

[1] http://www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/pdf/457-state-territory-summay-report-apr13.pdf

[2] This falls under an idea called “the lump of labour fallacy” by economists is regularly refuted in the literature – for one example see this study (http://davidcard.berkeley.edu/papers/mariel-impact.pdf)

11 responses to “Release: The Future Party rejects changes to the 457 visa conditions

  1. I agree that making 457 visas harder to get is addressing the wrong end of the problem. By the time employers look overseas for a skilled worker Australia has already failed to produce (enough of) the type of worker needed. Restricting access to international talent means not only that local operations don’t have the human resources to run optimally now, it also means those businesses can’t expand in those areas, and that upcoming Australian talent won’t have access to qualified trainers and mentors in that specialty without having to leave Australia.
    Bringing skilled people into Australia means we can function in the short term, we can build industry and work opportunities, and that up-and-comers and students, both Australian and international, can develop the skills to utilize those opportunities.
    457 visas should be encouraged, not used in a political sneer campaign, because with policies that encourage experts to share their knowledge skilled immigrants will make Australia and the world a better place.
    It’s great that the Future Party understands this and is bringing this kind of sense to Australian politics and hopefully soon government.

  2. I don’t see anything wrong with looking for workers in australia first than looking overseas. With the way the world is, all future party want to do is bring in as many immigrants to our country. you may call me racist but there has been heaps of evidence, and with the state our minds are at the moment with all different theories on what may happen in the future of our race, multi-culturalism does not work especially in these times. open your eyes and see what is really going on in our world.

    • Sorry but I have to pull you up here. What is ‘our race’ again? Hate to break it to you, but we’re all migrants to this place except Aboriginal people.

      I would ask YOU to “open your eyes and see what is really going on in our world”. Australia is one of the most multicultural places in the world. And yet, Australia has some of the lowest crime, lowest rates of civil unrest, and highest rates of wealth in the world. And Australia was rated as the happiest place to live AGAIN. That’s despite the highest levels of multiculturalism that you think is ruining our country (while I think is improving it).

      All the evidence, in my opinion, shows that multi-culturalism DOES work ESPECIALLY in these times. If you’ve got evidence otherwise I would love to hear it. But in the mean time, I will reject the premise of your argument, and yes I will call you a racist.

  3. Sorry to bring a bit of reality, BUT the 457 visa scheme was introduced by the ALP as a stop gap measure to allow education and training facilities to catch up with our high population growth. Alas it is now a substitute for education and training.

  4. So 457 Visa applicants get a job 1st then they get to apply for permanent residency, but if you are born here you have to take your chances on a job – get that seems quite balanced.

    • There is a tendency for those in debate to demonize the other side with labels such as racist, xenophobic, redneck, greenie, nimby to mention just a few. At best this is just laziness, why indulge in energetic debate when you can shut it down by abuse. At the worst,it shows a disturbing level of intolerance of the ideas of others.

  5. Any kind of immigration removes technical experts from the source country. I would much prefer an immigration policy based on funding training centers (with full scholarships) overseas and offering the top 10% of students citizenship in our country. I consider this the best possible form of aid.

  6. Just to give the anti immigration view point. I once worked at a car wash where English was as sub par as the wages. I heard a report saying that university grads have a much more favorable view on immigration. I don’t see it as enlightenment vs xenophobia, but more that immigrants pose real competition for people on lower incomes. Its just simple supply and a greater supply of workers means there is no incentive to raise wages for some of the countries worst jobs.

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