On 10 August 2017, Jonathan Granger and I travelled to Canberra to advocate against the proposed citizenship bill. We spoke with cross-benchers and several of them mentioned that there have been in excess of 11,000 written complaints against the bill...

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The Child Visa Subclass 802 via a Migration Agent
MIA National Conference 2016 wrap-up

The Migration Institute of Australia’s National Conference – Migration 2016 – was held last week in Brisbane. The conference had one of the largest audiences in attendance in recent years. The conference was fortunate enough to have Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Alex Hawke MP provide the Keynote address.

As with previous years, there was significant participation by OMARA and DIBP representatives led by Head of the OMARA and NSW/ACT DIBP Regional Director Mary-Jane Jones.

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The Child Visa Subclass 802 via a Migration Agent
Backpacker tax and Passenger Movement Charge stuck in Parliament

Thursday 24 November proved to be quite the day for the Backpackers Tax at Parliament House in Canberra.

The debate around the tax has been going on for the last 18 months and now has the Government pitted against the other major parties and Senate cross-bench in a stalemate.

The Government has walked back from the originally announced 33.5 cents in every dollar to 19 cents, after an election campaign pledge to increase consultation and reschedule the start date to 1 January 2017.

The Senate also debated the changes to the Passenger Movement Tax this week. The Government was given a second chance to pass the legislation after it was originally voted down in the Senate on Wednesday night when two One Nation senators failed to show up for the vote.

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