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Brendan O’Connor – New Minister for Immigration and Citizenship sworn in

Brendan O'Connor - New Minister for Immigration and Citizenship So the first snippet of immigration news for 2013 which some of you may find of interest is the news that the Australian Immigration Department have a new boss.

Brendan O’Connor was sworn in as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on 4 February 2013.

His bio seems a bit drab but alas, it will be interesting to see what, if any new ideas he brings to the role.

Interestingly enough, his background highlights links to unions. Prior to entering Parliament, O’Connor was a union official from 1986 to 2001 and assistant national secretary of the Australian Services Union from 1993 to 2001.

Does this mean he’ll be keen to return a focus onto local Australian workers before considering the value foreign workers can bring into Australia through the immigration channels.

Only time will tell I guess.

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As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts!

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