Federal Assistant Minister for Immigration Senator Michaelia Cash speaks during Question Time in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.
Federal Assistant Minister for Immigration Senator Michaelia Cash speaks during Question Time in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. AAP Image - Lukas Coch

Senator Cash accuses unions of hypocrisy over 457 visas

THE Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, has accused trade unions of "incredible hypocrisy" for employing foreign workers on 457 visas.

Senator Cash said a "fraudulent" campaign by the unions against foreign workers had been uncovered by evidence presented to the Senate inquiry into temporary work visas.

"Over the past five years at least 41 subclass 457 visa holders have been sponsored by eight unions in Australia," Sen Cash said.

"This includes those unions who have led the charge against the use of foreign labour, such as the Maritime Union of Australia and the Transport Workers Union."

One of the sponsored occupations was that of copywriter.

"It is well known that in recent years Australia's major media outlets have shed thousands of jobs, and so it is curious that some unions could not have filled the occupation of copywriter from the domestic labour market," Sen Cash said.


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