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The 457 visa debate is back for good or bad?

457 visa Source: AAP

Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten says it's time to find jobs for unemployed Australian workers first.

The federal opposition, Labor Party, has turned its attention back to visas for temporary skilled foreign workers.

Labor party is calling for Australian employers to try harder to give jobs to locals before employing overseas workers.

Labor wants jobs to be advertised locally for at least four weeks as part of changes to the 457 visa program.

Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten
Bill Shorten

Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten says it's time to find jobs for unemployed Australian workers first.

"What we need to do here is prioritise Australian jobs first. We need to prioritise properly funding apprenticeships, giving young people the opportunity to fulfil their future. We're always going to have some guest workers as part of our economy. But when the economy slows down as it has, when the economy is rebounding from the mining boom, now is not the time to have slack laws."

Malcolm Turnbull
Malcolm Turnbull
AAP

On the other hand, Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, has accused the opposition leader Bill Shorten of double standards.

"The highest number of 457 visas were granted when he was employment minister. It's around a third more 457 visas when he was employment minister than have been granted over the last 12 months. Bill Shorten was in the olympic grade for granting 4-5-7 visas."

Source SBS News