A Jamaican engineer allegedly earned just $3 an hour while being underpaid more than $44,000 for 10 months' work at a Brisbane shipyard.

AAP, 9 September 2014

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Employers will be barred from paying skilled migrant workers anything less than equivalent Australian staff under new migration agreements that have sparked attacks among unions.

The Australian, by David Crowe, 29 August 2014

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Cook and cafe or restaurant manager are still the most popular jobs for foreigners imported here on the controversial 457 skilled visa.

Herald Sun, by John Masanauskas, 22 August 2014

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Recent leaks from the Department of Immigration have revealed Australia’s 457 visa scheme is riddled with visa fraud and rorts. These show that many workers in Australia’s dedicated skilled migration scheme received their 457 visa under false pretences. Employers state that workers will perform a highly skilled job such as ‘project co-ordinator’ or ‘contract administrator’ but then employ them in low or semi skilled work. Clearly something needs to be done to address this situation but the reality is, problems with 457 visas reveal only a fraction of the low skilled work being done by migrants that is not adequately regulated.

The Age, by Joanna Howe and Alexander Reilly, 13 August 2014

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Limited labour market testing has led to a large increase in 457 visa applications not being ­approved, while thousands of foreign workers would not have gained visas if the regime were more broadly applied.

The Australian, by Ewin Hannan, 13 August 2014

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Resource, health and service sector unions are united in calling for a Senate Inquiry into the 457 visa scheme following allegations of widespread rorting.

ACTU Media Release, 12 August 2014

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Reports of widespread fraud in the 457 visa scheme reinforces concerns unions have about abuse of the scheme.

ACTU MEDIA RELEASE, 8 August 2014

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Australia’s migration policy has shifted significantly in the past 20 years, leaving a system subject to widespread rorting and controversy.

The Conversation, by Joanna Howe and Alex Reilly, 12 August 2014

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The unemployment figures released last week saw everyone draw in a sharp breath as the rate hit 6.4% – a level not seen since August 2002. While the seasonally adjusted figure might be best taken with a grain of salt, it has now been 36 months since employment grew faster than the population and a report from Monash University has called for Australia’s immigration intake to be reduced.

The Guardian, by Greg Jericho, 11 August 2014

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