EU skill set could be lured here

The Advertiser asks Mark to weigh in on some economists’ calls for South Australia to make a concerted effort to attract skilled graduates from European nations experiencing economic downturns. Mark provides his opinion on the idea, referring to Migration Solutions employment of Irish-born Client Services Coordinator Victoria Williams as an example.

Government intervenes to allow British police officer Peter Threlfall into country

Mark comments on the last-gasp ministerial intervention of the Immigration Minister to allow a British police officer who had an autistic daughter into the country, saying that there are too many examples of cases such as Mr Threlfall’s where a perception of a condition’s costs overrules the actual evidence put before the Department of Immigration.

Government intervenes to allow British police officer Peter Threlfall into country

Mark comments on the last-gasp ministerial intervention of the Immigration Minister to allow a British police officer who had an autistic daughter into the country, saying that there are too many examples of cases such as Mr Threlfall’s where a perception of a condition’s costs overrules the actual evidence put before the Department of Immigration.

‘Visa Anger’ | Channel 7 – Today Tonight

Mark expresses his shock at an extremely rare decision made by the Immigration Department to cancel an Australian permanent resident’s visa in this story for Channel 7’s ‘Today Tonight’ program, aired at 6.30pm.

‘Migrant Workers’ | Radio Adelaide

Mark discusses South Australia’s under-represented share of the national migration program, and what the benefits of an increased population growth rate could mean for the state’s economy.

Migrant recruits forced to wait

Mark describes how processing times for visa applications had increased from weeks to months (and even years) in recent times, and the impact such long waiting times were having on both employers trying to fill skill shortages within their labour markets and the prospective employees.

Migrant workers delayed by red tape

Mark suggests a solution to the long processing times plaguing employer-sponsored applications, as well as raising concerns to changes regarding eligibility laws and the impact this was likely to have on his clients.

Migration Solution | SA Mines and Energy Journal

Mark discusses the importance of locally-based skilled labour as a component of the South Australian workforce, and the detrimental impact an over-reliance on Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) workers have on the economy.

SA must consider ‘populate or perish’

Mark raises the concept of population growth and skilled migration as a solution to South Australia’s crippling skill shortages, measures that would help provide employers with much-needed flexibility and the ability to grow and expand their businesses.

Interest in trade courses dive

Mark provides some context as to what international students provide within the South Australian economy in terms of the jobs they tend to occupy in this article focussing on the falling interest in South Australia’s VET sector.

‘Country Firie Deported’ | Channel 7 – Today Tonight

Mark provides an explanation as to why a dedicated a dedicated country firefighter from the Barossa Valley is being forced to leave his home of nearly 30 years, after changes to the Skilled Occupation List made him ineligible for a new visa. The story appeared on Channel 7’s ‘Today Tonight’ program, which airs at 6.30pm.

Boost skilled migrant numbers

Article from the Advertiser featuring Mark’s opinion on the announcement by the Federal Government regarding plans for skilled migrant numbers to increase in regional areas. The article details Mark’s thoughts on the announcements, and the impact for SA.

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