Featured: Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Pay Conroy, Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific Gary Spotswood, farmer, Mt Alma Organics, Qld Ben Rogers, General Manager of Workplace Relations, National Farmers Federation David Littleproud, Agriculture Minister Scott Morrison, Prime Minister Kristina Keneally, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs.
Mr Littleproud said once his Coalition partners "saw … the National Party's point of view, it was common sense".
Phase 1 December 2021 to March 2022: phase one will offer a limited amount of employment due to quarantine restrictions, with a small number of accredited employers that have been approved based on their pre-existing experience with PALM scheme to protect workers from exploitation.
This is an addition to the ongoing, successful Pacific labour schemes.
But the farming lobby says it falls short.
The question is why?.
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The process of applying for a Critical Skills Travel Exemption requires sufficient evidence — Other things to note are that the availability of the above options will depend on the eligibility of the business and the applicant.
Figures from the National Farmers Federation suggest only 7,000 backpackers had returned to work in agriculture, compared with a pre-pandemic workforce of about 40,000.
And the Pacific islanders may soon be joined by another new cohort after the government created to lure workers from south-east Asia.
This program enables a pool of 24,000 Pacific and Timorese workers to undertake seasonal work in Australia.
Description: The National Farmers' Federation described Labor's announcement an "insult to farmers".