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22 June 2011

440  MR HARTSUYKER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—How many retail customers signed up for fixed-line National Broadband Network services in the week ending 17 June 2011, what services did they sign up for and at what speed.

441  MR CHRISTENSEN: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—

(1)  Is he aware that hospitality related supervisors, hotel managers, sail guides, outdoor activity leaders, retail shift supervisors, age carers and other occupations in demand in the Mackay/Whitsunday Region are excluded from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

(2) Will he consider accepting exceptional circumstances applications from employers in need of skills excluded under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, and waiving the 457 visa prerequisite for skills levels 3 and 4 under the PAM3 policy.