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Dutton’s Visa Privatisation Plan Threatens 100 Tassie Jobs

July 17, 2019

JULIE COLLINS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND SENIORS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

ANDREW GILES MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN

 

DUTTON’S VISA PRIVATISATION PLAN THREATENS 100 TASSIE JOBS
 

The Morrison Government’s plan to privatise Australia’s visa processing system threatens 100 jobs in Tasmania. 

Under the Liberals’ plan, private providers will be given licence to run Australia’s visa system as a for-profit business. 

The Liberals unfair plan could also lead to the loss of around 2,000 jobs Australia-wide. 

It could also lead to cuts to services, increased visa fraud and data security risks. 

Australians don’t want to see our visa system privatised, and they especially don’t want to see people lose their jobs. 

Member for Franklin, Julie Collins MP said these are 100 well-paying local jobs that could be lost in Hobart. 

“Under the Liberals there have been thousands of full times jobs lost across Tasmania in just the last year.

“It’s unacceptable that the Morrison Government and Peter Dutton would risk further local jobs by selling off our visa system. This really shows that the Liberals don’t care about Tasmania,” Ms Collins said. 

Shadow Minister Assisting for Immigration and Citizenship, Andrew Giles MP said the Department of Home Affairs last year outsourced 250 departmental call centre jobs to the New Zealand company Datacom, while the Department of Human Services outsourced 250 Centrelink jobs to Serco.

“Visa processing times have blown out of control under the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government. Partner visas are at record-high processing times of up to 28 months. In addition the number of people on bridging visas in Australia - waiting for the Department to process their applications - has blown out to over 191,000 people.

“Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and the Liberals appear determined to outsource and sell off parts of Australia’s immigration system for the highest possible bidder.

“The Morrison Government must stop its plan to privatise Australia’s visa system, immediately,” Mr Giles said. 

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