The National Party and National Farmers’ Federation have been campaigning for a new agricultural visa for temporary migrants to Australia, and in early September it looked like this may have become a reality, despite significant impacts for Pacific island workers. However, a decision on the visa has now been delayed.
Devpolicy’s analysis has been cited across the media during this debate.
- Is a new visa for agricultural work needed?, Matthew Dornan, Stephen Howes and Richard Curtain on the Devpolicy Blog, 13 September
- We already have an agricultural visa, Stephen Howes in The Lowy Interpreter, 14 September
- Warnings new visa would threaten Pacific seasonal worker scheme, interview with Stephen Howes on ABC Pacific Beat, 14 September
- New agriculture visa could spell trouble for Pacific farm workers, interview with Stephen Howes on ABC The World Today, 14 September
- SWP to be sidelined, Vanuatu Daily Post, 15 September.
- Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense, Stephen Howes in The Conversation, 17 September
- Diplomat wants more Papua New Guineans in Australia’s seasonal worker scheme, interview with Matthew Dornan on ABC Pacific Beat, 17 September.
- Australia delays controversial agriculture visa, interview with Stephen Howes on Radio NZ, 18 September
- Agriculture visa delayed, Vanuatu Daily Post, 18 September.
- New Australian labour visa could kill benefits for Pacific, interview with Stephen Howes on Radio NZ, 18 September
- McCormack retreats on farm worker visas, Stephen Howes in The Australian, 19 September
- Deputy Prime Minister under threat amid bitter battle within federal National Party, Stephen Howes quoted by ABC News, 20 September
- Nats MPs kept in the dark over McCormack’s Asian farm visa idea, Stephen Howes quoted in The Australian, 24 September