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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 278


(Question No. 602)

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Industry and Science, in writing, on 14 November 2014:

(1) Is the Minister aware that according to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's State and Territory Migration Summary Report (March 2014), Victoria absorbed the second largest proportion of 457 visa grants in the first three quarters of 2013-14, with 23 per cent or 17,432 people.

(2) Is it a fact that for the first three quarters in 2012-13, the largest changes for 457 visas amounted to a 38.3 per cent decline (7,999 less people) for Western Australia, and a 30.2 per cent decline for Queensland (4,978 less people),

(3) Is it a fact that many more migrant workers are coming to Victoria than to the mining states of Queensland and Western Australia.

Mr Ian Macfarlane: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The question does not fall within the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister for Industry.