New resource projects in Australia could bring in more foreign workers
08 August 2012
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While Bowen would not specify which projects had applied, there have been plans announced for opening new mines in central Queensland. Enterprise migration agreements are available to resource projects with capital expenditure of more than AUS$2 billion and with a peak workforce of more than 1500 workers but companies applying must show they were not able to hire an Australian to fill the position first.
Immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said: "Australian business and their investors need greater certainty that they would be able to find workers."
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