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Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Honourable Scott Morrison addresses the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) National Conference

Written By Will Aldous
Tue, Dec 10, 2013
Will Aldous

On Monday, 21 October 2013, the newly sworn in Minister for Immigration attended the MIA National Conference in Canberra, along with his Assistant Minister, Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash. In his address to the conference, Minister Morrison pointed to a new direction in the implementation of Australia’s Immigration policy into the future.

Highlights of his address to the conference include:

The Minister believes the employer sponsored visa programme shows significant benefit to Australia, with migrant employment rates of 98 per cent on any given year, and is the best performing element of the overall immigration programme by far.

To enhance the programme into the future, Minister Morrisons believes that the answer is, not more regulation to tie business up in more red tape.

The Minister believes that the Significant Investor Visa, has the potential to attract millions, if not billions of dollars to Australia. The Minister wishes to send a clear message that we are “open for business”, for this type of overseas investment.

The Minister will endeavour to reinstate overseas education as our fourth largest export and streamline the processes for student visa applications. However, in order to maintain the integrity of our overseas education placements, the Minister does not want to see overseas student come to Australia as a ‘backdoor’ pathway to permanent residency in Australia.

For the full transcript of the Minister’s speech, click here

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