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MCA Submission to 457 Integrity Review: Training Fund Contribution Proposal

The MCA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection proposal to replace the current training benchmarks which apply to businesses sponsoring visa holders under the subclass 457 visa program with an annual training fund contribution.

OXFAM ENERGY STUDY SHOULD STICK TO FACTS NOT IDEOLOGY

The report by OXFAM Powering up Against Poverty is a misguided analysis that argues developing countries should have restricted access to energy and therefore be denied the opportunities for human and economic progress that affordable and reliable electricity can bring.

DELAY TO AUSTRALIA’S TRADE DEAL WITH CHINA WILL IMPOSE $110 MILLION BURDEN ON COAL EXPORT TRADE

A delay to the start of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement into early 2016 will cost the Australian coal export trade up to $110 million dollars, give Indonesian exporters an unexpected boost and add a new risk to employment in key regional communities.

2030 RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGET WILL HARM AUSTRALIA’S COMPETITIVENESS

Policy measures to require an increase in the share of renewable energy to 50 per cent by 2030 will be economically costly, punish household and industrial energy users and harm Australia’s competitiveness.

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