Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks as Immigration Minister Peter Dutton listens on during a media conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, April 18, 2017. AAP/Lukas Coch/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT.

Australia has taken steps to reduce temporary work visas. The visas are popular with foreigners but will be replaced by a new visa, which will require strong English language and work skills.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announced on Tuesday.

He said on a post on social media “Our reforms will have a simple focus: Australian jobs and Australian values.”

Mr. Turnbull hopes that the decision will put an end to cheap foreign labour but still attract people with a higher skill level to the country.

“We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains, Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs.”

The alterations will not have any effect on those already working on the old 457 visa, which was introduced to fill skill shortages within the country.

The latest visa will have a limitation of two years and a second four year visa will demand a higher standard of written and spoken English.

Many people will disagree with the new policy but numerous countries across the globe adopt a “jobs for nationals” policy, so it is hardly a new concept.

However, doors should be able to be opened, when a country requires a certain skill set, and it appears that Australia may have got this one right.


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