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Australia warns against abuse of 457 visa programme

Australia Monday issued a stern warning to anyone who abuses the 457 visa programme, saying they will be punished just as harshly as people smugglers.

Australia warned tighter visa rules could drive away skilled workers from country

Tighter labour migration rules in Australia could drive skilled workers to other developed nations, which could cost the country, experts have warned.

Gillard backs foreign temporary work visas 'crackdown'

Under the 457 visa scheme, Australian employers can sponsor qualified overseas workers to the fill nominated positions for up to four-years, if the vacancy cannot be filled locally.