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With an unelected Prime Minister – chosen by a mob of faceless labor leaders, we consider Labor is more racial against those 457 Visa workers from China as the current Government has increased the English Test and its former Immigration Minister –Arthur Calwell made the statement in the 50s that “2 wongs don’t make a white”
We sincerely hope the Liberals will be less racial towards those 457 Visa workers from China.
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Gillard, Abbott in row over 'foreigners
From:AAP - March 05, 2013
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott are trading shots over which one of them is stoking fears about immigration.
Mr Abbott has accused the prime minister of demonising foreigners with a crackdown on the 457 temporary foreign worker visa program.
He said trying to turn people against them was the last thing Ms Gillard should be doing, especially in western Sydney.
People on 457 visas who have come to Australia "the right way" were the best possible migrants, the opposition leader said.
Ms Gillard hit back on Tuesday, saying Mr Abbott's words rang hollow.
"This is the man, who in the run-up to 2010 campaign and almost every day since has been out in the community ... trying to raise fear," she told Sky News, citing Mr Abbott's use of terms such as "peaceful invasion" to describe a surge in arrivals of asylum seekers by boats.
As well, the opposition leader had let his immigration spokesman Scott Morrison "stoke community fears day after day".
Ms Gillard defended her government's decision to tighten the 457 program, saying it had been riddled with rorts.
She admitted the decision had been made after she and other Labor MPs heard concerns from the community about foreign workers being preferred over Australians.
"My view is that we have a migration system that is about permanent migrants coming to our country, getting a job, being real contributors to building the nation," Ms Gillard said.
She said when there were temporary skill shortages, the government relied on 457 visas.
"But they've got to be properly administered so Australians have the reassurance of knowing if they're there with the skills, ready to do the job, then they get the job," the prime minister said.
Ms Gillard said Mr Abbott was stoking fear on the one hand while saying 457 visas would be a mainstay of the coalition's immigration system.
"Well, he needs to explain that and justify that to Australian workers who too many times worry that they or their children are going to miss out on a work opportunity," she told ABC TV.
The Migration Institute says politicians should focus on the facts around the program and not engage in a slanging match ahead of the September 14 federal election.
"I just think we need a steady mind and calm conversation going on around it, and not pitting Australian workers against some of these overseas people," chief executive Maurene Horder said.
"That's the thing I'm a little bit alarmed about - that we don't develop a political bunfight for the purposes of an election.
Liberal frontbencher Simon Birmingham said the Gillard government had allowed 457 visas to reach their highest number ever.
"They have had five years to address this," he told Sky News, adding the prime minister had produced no evidence of rorting.
"This is just about creating a smokescreen."
Mr Abbott said the Howard government introduced a perfectly good system for foreign workers.
"From day one people who are coming here on 457 visas are joining a team and they are making a contribution," he told reporters in Melbourne.
"This a great part of the Australian story."
Mr Abbott said the government was tolerating asylum seekers coming to Australia and going straight onto welfare.
"And they are demonising people coming to this country and working from day one," he said.
He questioned why Ms Gillard was trying to divide Australians.
"First of all we had the false class war, then we had the false gender war, now we have got the false birthplace war."
The opposition leader stood by Mr Morrison's suggestion that asylum seekers with bridging visas report their location to local authorities.