Housing Sector Pressuring Aussie Government For A VISA Programmer For Foreign Tradies

The Aussie housing sector is looking to boost affordability, to that end, they need tradies to handle housing construction and plumbing services in Newcastle and across the country. In order to meet that demand, they’re turning to foreign tradies, and are pressuring the federal government to create a new VISA to that end.

With the Australian Federal Election set for May 18, the multi-trillion housing sector is putting pressure on political parties so that they’ll develop a new kind of VISA in order to fight back a shortfall in tradies for the residential sector.

According to the Housing Industry Association’s Managing Director Graham Wolfe, the recent proposals for changes to the ‘457’ skilled working VISA won’t deal with the underlying issue regarding the shortage of skilled tradies needed for the construction of new houses and apartments in the AU.

Two years ago, former MP Malcolm Turnbull announced that he would abolish the 457 temporary skilled work VISA, which has since been unavailable for new applications.

The Labor party supported a crackdown on work visas, with Bill Shorten saying that about four of five of temporary skilled worker VISAs are granted in fields that aren’t actually suffering from a shortage of skilled workers in Australia, like plumbing services in Newcastle, and that needs to change.

Mr. Wolfe countered these claims, saying that the focus of any reforms should be on creating new VISAs for skilled workers that won’t be bound to any employers, able to act as independent trade contractors. He warns that the housing industry is more vulnerable when it comes to skill shortages than other sectors thanks to its ageing labour force, the nature of the work, as well as the constant demand for housing.

Wolfe says that the housing industry is key to the well-being of Australian society, noting that the country will need more than 2.3 million new houses by 2030 in order to keep up with the growing demand. On top of that, he reports that 2018 saw $108b worth of residential construction in the country.

He explains that the current VISA models don’t suit the housing industry, which is more reliant on independent contracting, explaining that a well-thought out and well-executed migration policy for the country, alongside a strong programme to ensure the training of future Aussie tradies will do much to ensure that Australia has the homes it needs.

 

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Tourist Attractions In Scotland

Last year, over 32 million travelers visited Scotland’s major attractions. There are different natural wealth spread across the amazing country of Scotland ranging from the fantastic and awesome views of mountains and canyons to the rocky terrains and majestic river flows. Scotland also is blessed with a rich history and culture which guests can get acquainted with through galleries and museums, crumbling ruins of castles and grand heritage properties. It is truly a place that is packed with fascinating landmarks to visit.

The surge of tourists in the country is expected by industry analysts in the country and it is even expected to double in the coming years. Here is a compilation of places that have been most visited in the country.

  • National Museum of Scotland. This museum is located on the Chambers Street of Edinburgh and is home to treasure trove of ancient precious objects and artifacts. It is a very popular local attraction in the country and offers a year round exhibition.
  • Edinburgh castle. This is the true icon for Scotland and has dominated the country’s skyline capital for several centuries. This castle is seated on top of an extinct volcano which makes it even more unique. This castle also takes the title as the most visited paid for attraction in Scotland.
  • Edinburgh zoo. There are more than 1,000 animals inside this zoo coming from different corner of the globe and includes giant pandas. You can visit the zoo especially if you are out with your family.
  • Riverside museum. The spectacular museum was opened back in 2011 and sits on the River Clyde. This is home to the Glasgow Museum of Transport. This particular museum is packed with fascinating vehicles and objects that tell the story of Scotland.
  • Royal botanic garden of Edinburgh. This botanical garden was founded in 1670 and is considered today as one of the finest gardens in the entire world. It offers 72 acres of tranquility and is just a stone’s throw from the heart of the busy city.

Of course, when you visit these places, you will have to think of your accommodation. There are plenty of self accommodations in Scotland that you could choose from. These Scottish lodges with hot tubs will surely give you a relaxing place to stay while on vacation.

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Millions All Over The World Expected To Join Earth Hour In Response To Climate Change

According to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, hundreds of millions of people all over the world are expected to join the Earth Hour and switching off their lights this coming Saturday night as a way of demanding a solid global agreement concerning the climate.

At 8:30 pm (GMT), Saturday, you can expect many of the world’s finest and brightest structures will experience an hour of darkness as Earth Hour peaks in on its 9th year. The secretary general said via video, this year’s Earth Hour will hold considerable significant because in about 9 months, there will be a pivotal UN meeting regarding the changing climate of the world which will be held in Paris.

He said that climate change is a problem of the people because the people are the ones who have caused it and they are the ones affected by it. It is because of this, it is only the people who can put a solution to this growing climate crisis. For this very reason, the United Nations will be bringing all of the nations together in Paris so that there would be a new universal climate agreement full of purpose and meaning. He said that the meeting will culminate a year of sustainable development action.

The organizers of the meeting said that this will be their biggest demonstration yet. The Earth Hour chair, Sudhanshu Sarronwala, said that the Climate Change is the issue of the generation and that an hour without lights will affect and inspire millions of people around the world and spread awareness.

About 7,000 cities in 172 different countries are expected to join the demonstration. Most of the world’s most famous landmarks will also be turning their lights off. Among these landmarks are the UN building in New York, the Houses of Parliament in London, Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Ed Davey, energy and climate change secretary of Britain said that it is time for everyone to recognize how climate change can affect everything that we know and do.

 

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