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17    Immigration—Temporary Work Visas

Senator O’Sullivan, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 849—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa is designed to enable employers to address labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot find an appropriately skilled Australian, and

                 (ii)   many employers, including those in the trade union movement, have utilised this program to address skill shortages in their workforces; and

    (b)   condemns the short-sighted view of those who label this program as a ‘form of slavery’ and not a vital tool in improving the productivity of Australian businesses.

Statement by leave : Senator Moore, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 31

Senators—

Back

Fawcett

McGrath

Ryan

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Scullion

Birmingham

Fifield

Muir

Seselja

Bushby (Teller)

Heffernan

Nash

Sinodinos

Canavan

Johnston

O’Sullivan

Smith

Cash

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Wang

Colbeck

Lindgren

Ronaldson

Williams

Day

Macdonald

Ruston

 

 

 

NOES, 32

Senators—

Bilyk

Gallacher

Ludwig

Rhiannon

Brown

Gallagher

Madigan

Rice

Bullock

Hanson-Young

McAllister

Siewert

Cameron

Ketter

McEwen (Teller)

Singh

Carr

Lambie

McKim

Sterle

Conroy

Lazarus

McLucas

Urquhart

Dastyari

Lines

Moore

Waters

Di Natale

Ludlam

O’Neill

Whish-Wilson

 

 

Question negatived.