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Employers reminded to check their employees visas

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Employers of foreign workers are being warned to check their workers visas as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection started crack down on illegal workers in Bundaberg this week.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash recently issued details of the crack down, reminding employers and foreign workers of the consequences of any illegal working arrangements;

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said officers from her Department located and detained eight people working illegally following visits to a range of commercial and residential properties.

'While some of these people had no visa, others were working in breach of their visa conditions and all of them have been transferred to detention facilities pending their removal from Australia,' Minister Cash said.

The group included two men and a woman from Korea, a woman and two men from Thailand, one male Malaysian national and one Indian man.

'Employers and contractors must be more vigilant about ensuring their overseas workers have valid visas and are working legally. An easy web check using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online tool on the Department's website is all it takes,' Minister Cash said.

Employers convicted under Commonwealth legislation for employing illegal workers face fines of up to $20,400 and two years' imprisonment while companies face fines of up to $102,000 per illegal worker.

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World's highest paid athlete denied Australia visa

Friday, February 06, 2015
A history of domestic violence has prevented famous boxer, Floyd Mayweather from being granted a visa to visit Australia this week. Scheduled to visit Melbourne to attend various dinners and nightclub appearances, Mayweather attempted to ensure his visa approval by promising to donate a portion of the proceeds from his visit to various Australian charities.

More from the Courier Mail;

The world’s highest paid athlete Floyd Mayweather has been banned from Australia due to his history of domestic violence.

Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash confirmed to the Herald Sun: “a visa has not been granted in this case”

Ms Cash, who is also the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, said she was aware on Mr Mayweather’s criminal history.

“The Government takes very seriously its role in protecting the Australian community from the risk of harm by non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct and/or conduct that is of serious concern,” Ms Cash said.

She said a range of character decisions, including a person’s criminal history as well as their general conduct, can be used to assess whether they are of good character.

To read the full story at the Courier Mail, click here.

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Number of Australians born overseas hits new high

Monday, February 02, 2015
Recent data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown that not since the Gold Rush has the percentage of Australian's born overseas been so high. According to the data, at present 28 per cent of Australian residents were not born here, with the United Kingdom being the largest group of residents born overseas.

More from SBS;

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says around 28 per cent of the nation's population, or or 6.6 million people, were born overseas.

And the new figures have also highlighted a dramatic growth in Asian migration over the past decade, especially from India and China.

Between the 2013-2014 financial years, the populations of Australians who were born in Bhutan, Japan and Taiwan each grew more than 18 per cent.

That is more than India, China and Australia's largest population of immigrants: people born in the United Kingdom, yesterday's data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show.

The next largest groups of residents who were born in other countries are from New Zealand and China.

Australia-Britain Society Victoria Branch president Andrew Hilton said Australia was seen as an independent nation with a stable economy, and many British people had family ties to Australia.

Australia's weather was good, but not the reason so many people move to Australia from the United Kingdom, Mr Hilton said.

Although UK countries like England and Scotland are some of the largest countries of birth for Australians, Asian countries are rapidly catching up.

Multicultural Communities Council of NSW chair Doctor Anthony Pun OAM said Australia was an attractive place for Chinese people because of a different way of life.

"I think it's the attraction of a different way of living and different political systems. I think the weather plays a big role in this too because the Australian weather is very, very nice. The air is clean and I think from the point of view of the environment that we're living in, we're much better off than in China".

To read the full article at SBS, click here.

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