Pacific solution to welfare reform

Aug 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Paul Kelly: Welcome to the new and permanent politics of labour shortages in Australia that are forcing reforms to welfare, immigration, indigenous and foreign policy in this country.

The latest evidence is Australia’s embrace of a pilot seasonal worker scheme under which up to 2500 visas will be issued for employees from four Pacific nations to work in the horticulture industry seven months in any 12-month period. It is a singular policy departure that was a bridge too far for John Howard.

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