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Motions: Skilled Migration Program

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:40): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) last year, the Fair Work Ombudsman found evidence of exploitation of 20 per cent of workers on the 457 visa,

   (ii) the problems with the 457 visa scheme result from weak regulation and exploitative employers,

   (iii) exploitation of foreign workers also increases exploitation of Australian workers, and

   (iv) promoting division between workers based on ethnicity and nationality is a common tactic used by conservatives to distract from exploitation by employers; and

(b) calls on:

   (i) the Government to reform migrant worker visa schemes to prevent employer exploitation of all workers, and

   (ii) all parties to cease promoting division between foreign and Australian workers.

Question agreed to.

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