Australian Immigration Minister Brendan O’ Connor, was forced to confess a claim of ten percent of 457 temporary work visas that been illegally attained, had no evidence for support.
Last 28th of April, Sunday, he argued that ten thousand alien workers had arrived in Australia with counterfeit 457 visas. The minister believed that the numbers would exceed since areas where there was improper use of 457’s numbers were significant.
The numbers done by the Australian government indicate that temporary workers in the country with said visas were 107,000 which allow them to work there for until four years.
O’Connor also was compelled to admit that the claim of illegally attained visas was mere anticipation, or a ‘forecast’. He stated, “I’m making a forecast like others have made forecasts. The difference is I seem to be being challenged – fine. My point is this: There are transgressions… they’re more than negligible. I’ve sought to estimate what I think is the appropriate number”.
Representatives of employers were skeptical over O’Connor’s claim when he declared it last Sunday. Peter Anderson, from the Australian Chamber of Commerce stated that if such accusations were true, it would have badly reciprocated on the administration in which was the largest employer of 457 visa holders.
“The extreme rarity of prosecutions or even sanctions against employers would suggest that there is no systematic abuse of the 457 program,” Innes Willox from the Australian Industry Group stated.
According to a report from what ironically is O’Connor’s own department, last December, the case of 457 visa system abuse was rare and the statement was made public as soon as O’Connor’s interview with Sky TV was broadcasted on Sunday after a request from the Australian Freedom of Information Act was given to DIAC insisting on seeking information about the 457 visa abuse.
The Opposition coalition’s immigration spokesman Scott Morrison stated that, “Labor’s smearing of skilled migration is a desperate attempt to distract attention from their chronic border failures that this year will see more than 20,000 people arrive illegally by boat.”
The leading Labor Party seeks to use “rorting” accusations to transmit themselves as supporters of the workers on the upcoming general election that will take on September, as said by the coalition.
“The the government was irresponsibly attempting to stir up a dog-whistling, quasi-xenophobic campaign,” said Australian Mines and Metals Association’s Scott Barklamb to The Age, a local Australian paper.