Category Archives: PG Connects

Crackdown on asylum seekers? Because our government is good at bad jokes

The Turnbull Government’s last week announced to launch a crackdown against asylum seekers in Australia is set to start a fierce debate not only inside Australia but around the world. Local and international media are already on it, calling this move a “shocking cruelty”, a “rort”, and some even referred to it as “throwing refugees…
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Training Benchmark – B Requirements Clarified

Recent 457 reforms have led to increasing uncertainty and confusion among migration agents and businesses, specially with respect to Training Benchmark - B. One of the recent legislative instruments though was intended to make policy settings clear, added to the confusion as the PAM: Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) - sponsorships had a few…
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Calculating multiculturalism? Count us in!

Among the many predictable and startling revelations by the 2016 Census results made public this week, one that caught my eye as someone from the Indian descent was that one of every five migrants is either a Chinese or an Indian. Now that makes a lot of Indians in the country, which not only speaks…
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Let there be no ‘vs.’ in Tribunal & the Minister

As the Immigration Minister, Mr Peter Dutton enjoys power to overrule some decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), however, it seems as if the Minister is not quite happy with the “some” and wants to extend his authority in this regard. Now, he also wants complete authority to be able to block the citizenship…
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I have my bet on VET!

The underrating of vocational education in and across the country is no new news. The new and in fact bigger and startling news is that vocational education and training (VET) may promise graduates a more auspicious and successful career than a university degree, or at least equivalent. Don’t only take my word for it. A…
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