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Created Fri 12/12/2014, Last Updated Fri 12/12/2014

Blanket exemption from 457 labour market testing for all Korean nationals

The Abbott Government has revealed a blanket exemption from labour market testing for all Korean nationals in the standard 457 visa program, with the enactment of the Korean Australian Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) today.

The revelation comes a day after unemployment levels hit a 14 year high.

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Created Fri 12/12/2014, Last Updated Fri 12/12/2014

Tragic fatality at Grasstree underground coal mine

The CFMEU is deeply saddened by the news that a mineworker has died overnight at the Anglo American Grasstree coal mine near Middlemount in Central Queensland.

Three union check inspectors are currently at the site, working with investigators to understand the causes and circumstances of the fatality, said CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland District Secretary Tim Whyte.

“We need a thorough and transparent investigation into this tragedy, the second fatality at Grasstree this year,” said Mr Whyte. 

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Created Thu 11/12/2014, Last Updated Thu 11/12/2014

Bad Santa: Abbott delivers increase in unemployment with no drop in level of 457 visas this Christmas

The Abbott Government is ending the year by delivering another increase in unemployment levels, yet no corresponding decrease in 457 visas.

Today's ABS labour force data shows national unemployment reached a 14 year high of 6.3 per cent.

Yesterday, Immigration Department figures revealed the rate of 457 visas has remained steady despite rising unemployment and weak jobs growth.

There were 109,830 visa workers in Australia at the end of September 2014, almost the same number as a year before (110,280) when the labour market was stronger.