FECCA says immigration decision shows lack of leadership
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) said today that the Prime Minister’s snap decision to cut immigration numbers by 30,000 showed a lack of leadership and was driven by dubious polling.
The Chairperson of FECCA, Mary Patetsos, said today: “At a time when leadership is required, we see Prime Minister Scott Morrison reacting to a divisive agenda.
“Our strong immigration level is vital to Australia’s economic growth, something Mr Morrison himself emphasised earlier this year when he declared that cutting immigration would negatively impact the Budget, that it would ‘hit the bottom line, the deficit’
“Instead of now declaring ‘enough, enough, enough’, Mr Morrison should be showing national leadership with a comprehensive plan to improve the nation’s infrastructure so that it can service a growing, prosperous nation.
“It is not good enough for the nation’s Prime Minister to abandon long-term vision for our future and opt for short-term populist politics.
“The real issue in the so-called ‘immigration debate’ is inadequate infrastructure, not migrant numbers. We need a Government that shows true leadership on population policy,” Ms Patetsos said.
FECCA is the national peak body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Our role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of our constituency to government, business and the broader community.
A consultation process for a new Entrepreneur visa will start today, seeking feedback on the proposed settings for the visa.
The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, said we want to attract the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent and skills to Australia.
“It is critical for Australia’s prosperity and growth, that we not only tap into the best entrepreneurial minds in Australia, but we also make it easier for talent from overseas to contribute to this country’s innovative future,” Mr Pyne said. “We are also keen to retain those educated and talented people, who have come to Australia and developed their knowledge base during their time in this country.”
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, said the visa would help promote innovation and encourage individuals to take part in the consultation process. “Under the National Innovation and Science Agenda [NISA], the new Entrepreneur visa will facilitate the entry to Australia and stay of entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and financial backing from a third party,” Mr Dutton said. “I encourage individuals to provide their feedback as part of the consultation process to ensure the visa achieves the desired outcome.”
The Entrepreneur visa will be introduced in November 2016.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is seeking feedback on the proposed policy settings for the new visa – further information can be found on the Department’s website at
The Department also welcomes feedback from other interested parties, who may make submissions in response to a set of consultation questions available online at:
Submissions will be open until Friday 18 March 2016.