Crackdown on skilled migrants by KATHARINE MURPHY on February 8, 2010 Australia News!

ABOUT 20,000 people will have their visa applications cancelled as the Rudd government launches a crackdown in the skilled migration program.

In a move likely to inflame political sensitivities over the treatment of Indian students, the government is expected to deny migrants any opportunity of achieving ''back door'' permanent residency through the skilled migration scheme.

The changes to be unveiled today will see 20,000 current applications binned; an overhaul of the queueing system that identifies occupations in demand and creates a points system; and state governments will be asked to develop new migration plans.

The Immigration Minister will also gain new legal authority to set a maximum number of visas for a single occupation.

The cancelled applications apply to all offshore general skilled migration claims lodged before September 2007. Refunding 20,000 visa applications will cost taxpayers about $14 million.

Given the changes could have a significant impact on many foreign students already in Australia, the government will introduce transitional arrangements to apply until 2012.

Foreign students who have a qualification for an occupation no longer considered in demand will get to apply for a temporary 18-month visa, allowing them to gain work experience.

The 18 months will also give a foreign graduate time in which to find an employer willing to sponsor their application as a skilled migrant.

If they are unsuccessful in that attempt, they will have to return to their country of origin.

The overhaul of the system will set a new list of occupations in demand.

The new system is expected to favour skilled workers including nurses, general medical practitioners, mechanical engineers and teachers instead of groups such as cooks and hairdressers.

Employers are supportive. Yesterday, Australian Industry Group chief executive Heather Ridout said: ''The changes should result in a better connect between permanent residency and addressing Australia's critical skills needs.''

In a frank speech to be delivered this morning, Immigration Minister Chris Evans will argue that the skilled migration program has not been working in Australia's economic or demographic interests.

''The program has been delivering self-nominated migrants from a narrow range of occupations with poor to moderate English language skills who struggle to find employment in their nominated occupation,'' Senator Evans will argue.

Senator Evans will acknowledge the impact of the changes on foreign students, but argue they(foreign students) can still gain residency if they gain qualifications in professions that are in demand.

He said the current tensions and misunderstandings have been made worse by unscrupulous migration agents.

''[These agents] have been misleading many international students into believing that a course in Australia gave them an automatic entitlement to permanent residence,'' Senator Evans said. ''It does not, and it will not.''

Senator Evans will also argue that the government supports skilled migration and continues to want migrants, ''be they from India, the United Kingdom or China - our three largest source countries or elsewhere''.

''We want skilled migrants on terms that work both for Australia and for the migrants themselves. We need a program with integrity and direction.''


사람들의 반응:

기사의 아랫부문에 명시된 것과 마찬가지로, 대부분의 호주사람들은 긍정적인 반응을 보이고 있다. 호주 기술 이민법이 이제서야 호주 경제와 사회의 도움이 되는 방향으로 바뀌는 것에 대해 긍정적으로 반응하고 있고, 인도 학생들과 그동안 있었던 불화적 사건들과도 연관지으면서, 그러한 일들이 줄어들 것이므로 좋다는 의견이 대다수이다.

Working on the chosen solution! Australia 생활 이야기

From the alternatives suggested at the last posting to solve the problems regarding my blog, I made a decision to start working on the third option with bits of modifications:

I decided to create a new blog sticking to English when writing articles in. However, it's still undecided which blog-generating-website to use.
And, for the topics, I changed my mind not to keep posting about my personal (not very much Australian) life but posting beauty stuff focusing on the attire (most likely vintage) and make-up (Japanese Gyaru). By focusing a narrow line of topics, I'd be expecting the coverage to be deep and to extend later on to some related areas such as diet, hair, and nails.
Another thing to consider, however, is that I'd apply for a journalist position for my education agency over the next uni semester, which would be most likely to require me to write about international students' lives in Australia. (Plus, I'm positive about getting the position, and if it works out as I hope it to be, then I'd renew my old blog on Naver, which is going to be written 100% in Korean language and updated only once a month; so that it'll be no big concern for me)
Only one decision left unmade is choose where to start my new English blog; hoping to get some pieces of advice from those who have been doing good on it...!

useful websites to choose which blog tools to use:

Go for it, Geulah :)

Problems and solutions Australia 생활 이야기

As for the previous posting, I wrote about the problems that I had with my blog.
To point out each of them again and suggest proper solutions below,

For used two languages in one article (not so many bi-linguals of Korean and English so far)
1.create two different blogs for each and add links of different version to one another
2.divide into two different bulletins but still on the same blog
3.stick to one language and give in the other
For most of article contain more of English but egloos where I built my blog is mostly for Korean people
1.create new blog on different blog-generating-website and copy& paste all the articles-written-in-English on egloos to the new one with info of originally updated date and time(when the first plan is chosen for the first problem) articles more in Korean to appeal to the majority of visitors(the second plan)
3.stop writing anything in English unless necessary(the third plan)
For topics of Australia, Christianity, and beauty do not go well with each other to appeal to one certain group of people (while I neither can do cover all different groups of people with large volume of information only on my blog)
Decided solution- Post personal blogs about Australia(ns') but do not get deep into it
Regarding the other two,
1.cover both topics in two different languages on two different blogs
2.choose which topic would be better covered in what language and stick to it by posting only once in one language
3.choose only one topic for one/two blogs(the first, and second plan) to cover and extend the coverage as it develops
4. lots of personal articles about me, which my friend pointed to be bad in thinking of privacy issue.
Decided solution- Stop posting personal life unless it helps me in anyway(if so, stick to stuff about Australia(ns') for blog)

What could and couldn't be on personal blogs! Australia 생활 이야기

I came across '100 Questions to reveal yourself!' on the Internet yesterday and thought that it's quite a good idea to do the questions and post on my blog (doing the questions seems good to know more about myself and find good and bad about me in (not-exactly) the third person's position, well... it's like a self-interview).
However, when I told this plan of mine to my friend, he explained to me about privacy issue and how negative it could actually work for me. I was convinced not to post those stuff not only on my blog but also anywhere on the Internet.
And, now I realised that I lost the purpose of running my blog.
I do run my blog on egloos and vlog on YouTube even so none of them are popular as failing the first aim that I had with them.

To talk first about my blog here,
Sadly, I don't have many visitors a day for that I've been uploading mostly about Christianity that nobody seeking some fun online cares but I do. I failed to find and post, the topics of interest that might appeal to certain groups that I could associate with. As far as I'm concerned, blogs work (in the sense of getting-many-visits) by posting stuff of common interests for certain group of people and further work (in the sense of becoming-a-community-for-those-who-belong-to-the-group) to become well-known broadly and popular.
The problems that I had were:
1. used two languages in one article (not so many bi-linguals of Korean and English so far)
2. most of article contain more of English but egloos where I built my blog is mostly for Korean people
3. topics of Australia, Christianity, and beauty do not go well with each other to appeal to one certain group of people (while I neither can do cover all different groups of people with large volume of information only on my blog)
4. lots of personal articles about me, which my friend pointed to be bad in thinking of privacy issue.

Well,. it's good to know the problems at least. I could work on them to improve over the coming months and years.

Having arguments with people you actually care about& what that leads you to

Having arguments with people you actually care about is always nothing but bad because it ends up hurt feelings for both of em..
So, the best way not to hurt and be hurt by your significant others is be considerate of the others' thoughts and feelings.
How great is it going to be if it works like that in real life!
Sadly, however, it is almost impossible (if possible by some wise people) to control your words and behaviours when you are mad.
For I had a bad argument with my friend, these sort of thoughts come up to my mind and I decided to leave them in writing.
I have to admit that I'm not very good with dealing with other people in general but what's really worse is that I actually suck at being considerate and nice to those who I care much about.
It confuses me every now and then whenever I feel so hurt after the bad words with them because I feel like a stupid child..
The friend that I spent most of time with recently told me a couple of thought-provoking statements.
Even if I appreciate what he's told, I've felt bad at the same time because I didn't want to defy what I've known and thought is not quite right.
The first argument started at a lunch table when I brought out the issue of my project: I'm recently interested in studying the Bible and Christianity stuff to figure out what I've learnt to believe and also to confirm the beliefs.
I'm aware that this topic of religions is very sensitive because not only it is a fundamental question to everybody but also everybody has different opinions on them since it hasn't quite been proven scientifically in this 'Science is the best' era.
The point of my arguments was that it's rather some Christian 'people' who get things wrong and it's not what Jesus taught Christians to do.
I find nothing wrong about Jesus's teachings: He was rather a very progressive man in His time, sexism for instance, the way some conservative Christian human men do to women are very different from the way Jesus treated women even like prostitutes: He treated both men and women equally.
I told my friend that he's looking only at secular aspects of the Christianity.
Of course, he got his points and I'm quite understood that he could get those ideas from some namely Christians who try to take advantage from his people owing to his authority.
Still, having this kind of arguments with people who I care about makes me question my beliefs, which is extremely confusing to me. Having said that, I think that I'm not yet quite either certain nor stubborn about my beliefs.
And, this could be seen positive in thinking that I can still open another door unbiased while this also could be extremely bad to feel relived and safe believing what I think I believe.


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