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Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Page: 5260

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Throsby) (19:55): Minister, in an earlier question I asked you about the 457 class of visa, and you may have been cut short in answering that question due to debate time limits. I want to return to that issue and put a question squarely to you: if Australia were to introduce legislation that imposed a requirement on employers who were seeking access to 457 visas to test the local labour market and, if there were local workers who were ready, willing and able to perform those jobs, to offer those jobs to them first. If Australia were to introduce laws such as that, would Australia be the only country around the world, of all those with a similar visa system in operation, which had those sorts of requirements?