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Question Without Notice No. 1201 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 October 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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JOBS — SKILLED MIGRATION LIST

1201. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the Premier standing up for workers and removing Perth from the regional migration scheme and trimming the state's skilled migration list in 2017. Despite Western Australia's labour underutilisation rate being at 15.4 per cent and wage growth at just 1.6 per cent—the lowest in the country—why is the government now turning its back on Perth workers by importing low-paid migrant workers?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

The Premier rejects the premise of the question. No changes have been made to the WA skilled migration occupation list. The state government is in discussion with the federal government concerning attracting international students to WA. I remind the member that the 457 visa and the parameters that surrounded it were the concern of the government. As the member would be aware, the 457 visa category no longer exists.