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Push for visa-free migration bloc in Australia, UK, Canada and
AUSTRALIA is being called on to join a push for
a new visa-free migration bloc with a new poll finding
overwhelming public support to be able to live and work
freely in “like-minded” nations.
The push to have a “free mobility labour zone” between
Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Britain was started by
London Mayor Boris Johnson but has now been picked up by
several MPs and Lords in Westminster.
A poll in the four nations commissioned by the Royal
Commonwealth Society in London found 70% of Australians, 82% of New Zealanders and
75% of Canadians supported the move.
Britain also backed the initiative although to a lesser
degree — 58%. The UK is currently in a migration
crisis with EU membership ensuring all Europeans have free
access to live and work in the UK and receive substantial
benefits, all of which is to come to a head in June with a
referendum on whether the UK remains in the EU.
Young adults (18-35 years) notably in Australia and New
Zealand were the most supportive, 90 and 80%
The move comes as the British parliament plans in April to
further restrict visas for skilled migrants from outside the
EU, already down to just 20,700 a year from the rest of the
world, a figure already impacting on Australian workers
wishing to live and work in the UK.
“This polling is invaluable as it shows the view and wishes
of these fellow Commonwealth friends in strong support for
closer ties,” the Commonwealth Society’s president and
former British Minister of State Lord Howell said.
The society’s director of policy and research Tim Hewish
said MPs in each country were now needed to build political
interest to having a migration bloc between the nations. He
said the countries shared common language, legal systems,
economic and family ties and the same Head of State so it
seemed a natural shift.
Both the Australian and New Zealand governments have
publicly lambasted the UK’s visa restrictions and predicted
the UK was “sleep walking” toward permanently damaged
relations with its two allies over the visa issue.
“It will be a long slog, it is a big idea,” Mr Hewish said
of looking to connect MPs in the four nations to pressure to
form such a free mobility zone.
A spokesman for the mayor said Mr Johnson was particularly
keen for a migration deal to be trialled between just
Australia and UK first then possibly extended to other
countries, adding Commonwealth citizens should be allowed
greater ability to contribute to London’s culture and
Discuss migration and visas
Axe backpacker tax, fix visa process to lift tourism, urges
business lobby ACCI
The nation's peak business lobby has urged the
federal government to use the budget to lift the
number of tourists coming to Australia, a move
which it claims could generate another 123,000
jobs by 2020.
In its pre-budget submission the Australian
Chamber of Commerce urged the government to
streamline visa processes for key tourism
markets, axe a so-called backpacker tax and
extend freezes on passenger movement and visa
ACCI also wants more funding for Tourism
Australia – the peak lobby for the sector – and
more frontline Border Force staff numbers to cut
waiting times at Australian airports.
Steve Whan, who manages the ACCI's National
Tourism Council, said tourist visas were more
expensive and complicated to obtain compared
with many of Australia's rival tourism markets.
"This discourages visitors from China, India and
Indonesia, our key growth markets," Mr Whan
said. "The government has made some progress,
but there is much more to be done."
Last week Crown Resorts chairman Robert Rankin
said Australia's visa costs were more expensive
than the US and processing of visas could be
Mr Rankin said Australia, and Western Australia
in particular, needed to compete aggressively if
it wanted to boost its share of Chinese
New Tourism Australia chairman Tony South is
concerned Australia risks
missing the peak of a once-in-a-generation
tourism wave from China and urged cuts to visa
costs and making them easier to get.
"The competition around visa rules and visa
relaxations are intense," Mr South said in his
first wide-ranging interview since taking the
helm of the organisation.
Mr Whan said the tourism industry had the
potential to directly employ at least a further
123,000 people by 2020.
"It provides great careers and supports
Australia's high living standards. But there is
strong competition from other nations to attract
visitors," he said.
"We need effective promotion and policy settings
to grow our share of inbound visitors."
The ACCI's submission suggests the government
grant a second-year extension to working
holidaymakers who spend at least three months
working in regional tourism and hospitality
It has also calls for reforms to the Tourist
Refund Scheme to allow competition by private
refund operators and recommends axing the
"backpacker tax" by reinstating the tax-free
threshold for working holidaymakers.
Mr Rankin said Perth, where Crown is spending
$645 million building a 6-star hotel, needed to
be activated in a profound way as a gateway to
Western Australia to better capitalise on its
proximity to growing Southeast Asian economies.
Western Australia attracted just 33,000 of
China's 115 million outbound tourists last year.
About 1 million Chinese tourists visited the
east coast of Australia.
"We think domestic consumption is going to
continue to grow dramatically and there will be
200 million outbound Chinese tourists sometime
in the next decade," Mr Rankin told a Deutsche
Bank lunch in Perth last week.
He called for reforms to visa fees, simplifying
the visa process and encouraging more direct
flights from "markets with scale".
Mr Whan said the federal government needed to
keep its spending in check, but investing in
tourism could return significant income to the
government and the boost the economy.
"With the right policy settings and
international conditions tourism will be a star
performer in our economy for many years to
come," Mr Whan said.
Discuss backpacking and Working Holiday Visas
After nearly 12 years and over 8,500 shipments, the Letton
Percival Overseas Removals Scheme has just seen it’s first
General Average and Salvage claim
General Average is a principle of Maritime Law that applies
when the Ship’s Master has to voluntarily sacrifice cargo,
or incur extraordinary expenditure in order to save the
voyage in an emergency. If this situation occurs, all
parties involved (including cargo owners) proportionally
share the resulting losses. Where a Salvage operation is
necessary to recover the vessel and/or remaining cargo, the
Salvor will be entitled to a Salvage Award.
The vessel involved in our claim, the Hanjin Aqua, was
carrying 2,303 containers and went aground in the Sunda
Straights, Indonesia, having sailed from Port Adelaide.
Efforts to refloat the vessel using her own engines failed,
so a salvage company was employed to refloat the vessel. The
vessel was eventually refloated, and sailed on to Singapore,
where the containers were offloaded, and the vessel is
currently undergoing repairs. Costs incurred by the
Shipowners in their attempts to refloat the vessel unaided
will be the subject of a General Average declaration, the
costs of the salvage operation will be the subject of a
Salvage Award as determined by the Admiralty Court.
Security for both General Average and Salvage Award was
provided by Insurers Tokio Marine Kiln to enable the safe
release of our client's cargo at Singapore and for
reshipment on to the UK via a replacement vessel. General
Average and Salvage Costs are provided for under the Letton
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Australia is introducing this new visa from November 2016
A consultation process for a new Entrepreneur
visa has started last week, seeking feedback on
the proposed settings for the visa.
The Minister for Industry, Innovation and
Science, Christopher Pyne, said Australia wants
to attract the best and brightest
entrepreneurial talent and skills.
“It is critical for Australia’s prosperity and
growth, that we not only tap into the best
entrepreneurial minds in Australia, but we also
make it easier for talent from overseas to
contribute to this country’s innovative future,”
Mr Pyne said.
“We are also keen to retain those educated and
talented people, who have come to Australia and
developed their knowledge base during their time
in this country.”
The Minister for Immigration and Border
Protection, Peter Dutton, said the visa would
help promote innovation and encourage
individuals to take part in the consultation
“Under the National Innovation and Science
Agenda, the new Entrepreneur visa will
facilitate the entry to Australia and stay of
entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and
financial backing from a third party,” Mr Dutton
“I encourage individuals to provide their
feedback as part of the consultation process to
ensure the visa achieves the desired outcome.”
The Entrepreneur visa will be introduced in
The Department of Immigration and Border
Protection is seeking feedback on the proposed
policy settings for the new visa – further
information can be found on the
Discuss migration and visas
Migration to Australia made easy
to Australia is a big step but one made easier
by a new insurance product that will help
skilled migrants overcome some of the common
BMigrating to Australia is a dream for many
Brits, but the process can be long and testing
for individuals and families alike. Although the
benefits of life in Australia are obvious, the
risks associated with moving to a new country
can put off some hopefuls.
The thought of starting a new life in a country
thousands of miles away from more familiar
surroundings is enough to make them think twice.
Furthermore, the costs involved in shipping,
transporting and setting up a life in Australia
can be extremely high which can limit who, in
reality, is able to immigrate.
Questions constantly plague the migrant’s mind,
such as; What will happen if a family member at
home becomes ill? What will happen if I am
involuntarily made redundant? How will I return
home if I need to?
However, thousands of people each year do make
the trip to Australia, and manage to secure a
permanent visa. They know the pressure to go
home may come one day, and the loss of a job or
serious illness can very quickly change their
Ex-Pats in Australia also appreciate that if
they have to come back to their country of
embarkation, the expense will be theirs and
theirs alone. They know only too well about the
costs they paid out to move to Australia, so the
thought of doing it all again in a short space
of time, with little funds, is a burden that
they always carry with them.
This is also a significant issue for employers,
who face losing their newly hired staff for
issues that may be out of their control, making
migrant hires a more complex and expensive
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Working holiday company refunds customers after investigation
A Gold Coast-based working holiday company has
copped a fine and agreed to refund thousands of
dollars to young travellers after Queensland's
employment watchdog took the company to court.
The Global Work and Travel Co arranges travel
and employment packages for 10,000 young people
each year, primarily in Australia, UK, USA and
But in 2014, a joint ABC and Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) investigation
unearthed dozens of angry customers, who accused
Global of charging big mark-ups, using
high-pressure sales tactics, and making false
promises about securing employment.
The stories prompted two separate investigations
by the Queensland Government.
Queensland's Office of Industrial Relations (OIR)
brought multiple charges against the company,
and the charges have now all been settled.
On Monday, the OIR said it would not continue to
pursue the company, after it agreed to pay the
two backpackers $4,585 in outstanding fees
charged for finding them work.
The company has seven days to make the payment,
and the OIR says once it is made all action
against the company will have been resolved.
In another hearing in February, The Global Work
and Travel Co was fined $9,000 for six
contraventions of the Private Employment Agents
The charges were related to the company
accepting a deposit/fee from work-seekers as a
condition of finding work, failure to provide
information statements to work-seekers and
failure to keep a register of people looking for
Last year, a separate investigation by the
Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) resulted
in 29 people who had signed up for travel
packages assistance receiving partial refunds
The company denied misleading consumers or
marking up flights and said its customer
satisfaction rate was between 97.5 and 99 per
The partial refunds, which ranged from
approximately $200 to $1,500, came after a
13-month investigation by the OFT.
Discuss backpacking and Working Holiday Visas
Visit our state specific forums
In addition to Pomsinoz, we operate several state specific
Australia migration/expat forums. Our regional forums are a
great place to meet new friends and get detailed information
about the area you're moving to.