Review of 457 legislation

24 Apr, 2008 01:17 PM
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THE Federal Government has appointed industrial relations commissioner Barbara Deegan to examine the integrity of the temporary skilled migration program.

Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Evans said Ms Deegan will address concerns about the exploitation of migrant workers, salary levels and English language requirements.

"Ms Deegan will draw on her extensive expertise in the industrial relations sector to review the Temporary Business Long Stay subclass 457 program and provide options to improve the integrity of the scheme," Senator Evans said.

"Ms Deegan will take leave from her current position as Commissioner of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission for six months to undertake this independent role.

"She will consult with overseas workers, union and industry representatives as well as relevant Commonwealth, state and territory agencies."

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