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Thursday, 5 May 1994
Page: 393

(Question No. 1047)

Senator Alston asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 14 February 1994:

  (1) How many foreign national Master Mariners have been granted special work permits to operate from the port of Portland in Victoria over the past 12 months.

  (2) How many unemployed Australian Master Mariners have there been at Portland over the past 12 months.

Senator Bolkus —I am advised that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) In 1992/93 a total of 73 temporary residence visas were issued to Ship's Pilots and Deck Officers under the Specialist visa class. This visa class enables employers in Australia to recruit skilled workers from overseas for temporary residence where they have been unable to obtain those skills from the Australian labour market or through their own training efforts.

  It is not possible to say how many, if any, of these persons have worked at Portland as DIEA does not maintain readily accessible records of the destination or employment locality of persons who are issued with temporary residence visas nor does it monitor their movement after arrival.

  (2) This is a matter for the Minister for Employment, Education and Training.