WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand pub owner Chris Dickson worries his staff is overworked. He expected employment visas for two new overseas workers to be approved weeks ago, but the paperwork was delayed with no clear reason given. He may be left with no choice but to close down for a day, so the chefs…

The Australian government will be launching two new skilled regional visa routes this year, opening the door to more South Africans who want to make the move. According to Sable International’s Sam Hopwood, there are currently over 600 eligible occupations available to migrants willing to work in regional Australia. These occupations are consistent with skills needed in…

The cap is being cut from 190,000 to 160,000 for the next four years. Scott Morrison said the move is designed to ease congestion in Australia’s busiest cities. Australian National University demographer Liz Allen said “Immigration is scapegoated as Australia’s problem when immigration is Australia’s solution.” Australia has cut its annual immigration cap by nearly 15% and…

New regional visas announced as immigration levels slashed The Australian Government has slashed the number of permanent visas it grants every year while announcing two new ‘geographically restricted’ skilled visas for regional areas of the country. But some fear that the road to permanent residency for those on temporary visas will become much tougher with…

Refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi, who was detained in Thailand while on his honeymoon, has become an Australian citizen in a ceremony at Melbourne. Footy-loving Hakeem Al-Araibi has become a dinky-di Aussie during a citizenship ceremony in Melbourne. The Bahrain-born 25-year-old has travelled a rocky road, including a stint in a Bangkok jail, to realise his…

Farmers say change ‘a good first step’ but separate agricultural visa still needed Paul Karp Beef workers are included by the Coalition in the regional occupation list, which allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to live and work in Australia for up to four years in a specified region. Australia’s visa rules have been relaxed…

About Labour Day In Australia Labour Day in Australia is a public holiday on dates which vary between states and territories. It is the first Monday in October in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia. In Victoria and Tasmania, it is the second Monday in March (though the latter calls it Eight Hours Day). In Western Australia, Labour Day is the first…

Plans for a $77.6m makeover of North Sydney Olympic Pool Andrea McCullagh, Mosman Daily, March 31, 2016 8:20am A $77.6 MILLION proposal has been put forward to redevelop North Sydney Olympic Pool. Six options were originally on the table – costing from $16 million to $72 million – to upgrade the ageing facility. But now a seventh…

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