2021-03-18 11:31:15 2 Comments

Prioritise skilled migrants over some returning Australians, migration committee advises

The Morrison government faces calls from a Coalition-dominated committee to reserve seats on flights and rooms in hotel quarantine for skilled migrants, as part of a suite of changes to make it easier for businesses to hire overseas workers. The proposal was released as the latest labour force figures published on Thursday showed Australia’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.3% to 5.8% in February. However, businesses are bracing for the end of the jobkeeper wage subsidy at the end of this month. Scott Morrison promoted the jobs figures as proof of a “great Australian comeback” from the pandemic lows and declared that jobkeeper “must come to an end”.

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