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Snowtown will become SA’s largest wind farm
14/8/2013
Renewable energy firm, TrustPower, has appointed Siemens as its turn-key supplier to construct the Snowtown II wind farm, using for the first time in Australia, world-leading gearless drive wind turbine technology. With the $439 million project formally reaching financial close last week, the Snowtown II wind farm development will be capable of generating 270 megawatts of renewable energy and powering about 180, 000 South Australian homes. Siemens Energy head, David Pryke, believes Snowtown offers some of the most ideal wind conditions for the production of renewable energy. “The ...

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If Australian boom starts to shudder
25/8/2013
It is simply impossible to plot a route through Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Perth that doesn't involve bumping into a swarm of construction workers or 'tradies' building the latest addition to an Australian skyline. In a nation where median home values have increased by 86 per cent in real terms from $259, 000 in 2001 to $482, 000 in 2010, property prices still reserve a place in the conversational Rolodex at dinner parties. After 22 years of successive economic growth without a sniff of a ...

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Temporary migrant workers taking jobs from young
30/8/2013
The Monash University Centre for Population and Urban Research study revealed huge growth in migrant workers was  stripping opportunities from Australia's job market. Lead author Dr Bob Birrell wrote that Treasury forecasts showed the growth in the number of employed Australians  would fall from 259, 000 in May 2011 to a likely 110, 000 this fiscal year. At the same time, the permanent entry migration program brought a record 214, 000 in 2012-13 and was "encouraging  ...

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ISSUES CONCERNING DOCUMENT REQUESTS FROM AUSTRALIAN DIAC OFFICERS IN DUBAI, Part 2
24/8/2013
6. LODGEMENT OF APPLICATIONS AND BIO-METRICS Effective from 10 December 2012, the Australian Consulate in Dubai has made arrangements for applications to be lodged with Australian Visa Application Centres (AVAC) The only AVAC offices in Pakistan are in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. Biometrics can be done at time of application. ISSUES RAISED BY MIGRATION AGENTS 1. Most migration agents will continue to lodge applications through Dubai because of the high risk of loss/ theft of documents when sending completed applications (including the DIAC receipt) ...

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ISSUES CONCERNING DOCUMENT REQUESTS FROM AUSTRALIAN DIAC OFFICERS IN DUBAI, Part 1
24/8/2013
INTRODUCTION There have been growing concerns and discontent from migration agents and the Afghan community about the poor decision making from Dubai – especially with family related visasand the seemingly impossible demands the DIAC staff in Dubai are making for documents from people who have fled civil war and are currently living in danger in countries of first asylum. Several meetings have been held between migration agents who are dealing with the Afghan caseload and the Australian Consulate General (visa section) in Dubai. The agents ...

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Australia`s indefinite detention of refugees `cruel, inhuman`, UN says
24/8/2013
A UN watchdog has called on Australia to release 46 refugees being held in indefinite detention, labelling it cruel and arbitrary. The UN Human Rights Committee has slammed Australia's treatment of the group, saying the country broke global human rights rules by denying the group a chance to challenge their detention. In a review of complaints from the refugees - 42 Sri Lankan Tamils, three Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and a Kuwaiti - the committee said the detention was arbitrary and broke the International Covenant on Civil and ...

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Immigration Department audits reveal large-scale fraud of visa system by Indian students and worker
22/8/2013
The ABC has revealed that thousands of Indian students, skilled workers and 457 visa holders have been admitted to Australia on dodgy travel and work documents. Briefings prepared by the Immigration Department and obtained by the ABC's Fact Check Unit under Freedom of Information show out-of-control, large-scale fraud of the visa system. The internal audits show fraud rates approaching 50 per cent, and an Immigration Department struggling to properly identify people who are entering the country. "Identity fraud is a significant risk in the Indian caseload given ...

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Port Lincoln plans to build the world`s first underwater aquarium to house great white sharks
23/8/2013
In Port Lincoln you can swim with tuna, snorkel with sea-lions - and soon you might be able to sleep with great white sharks. Port Lincoln Council has voted to support a world-first plan by entrepreneur Travis Nottle for a giant $40 million floating aquarium to hold the giant killers for months at a time. An undersea viewing area would give visitors a fish-eye's view of the giant predators, complete with facilities for a sleepover as sharks cruise by. The massive fish bowl would be located in ...

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Free education? Not if your parents are on a 457 visa
22/8/2013
In Australia, New South Wales charges between $4, 500 and $5, 500 depending on the school year of a child while the Australian Capital Territory charges up to $13, 900 for the final year of high school. In August Western Australian state treasurer Troy Buswell announced as part of his budget that any temporary 457 visa holders would be charged A$4, 000 a year to send each child to state schools. But immigrant families on 457 visa holders earning at or close to the threshold income of $53, ...

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