Australia-born media owner Rupert Murdoch has strongly condemned Australia’s new 457-visa rules for foreign workers.
Rupert says the language the government uses is â€œdisgraceful and racist,â€ referring to 457-class laws that guide how employers should hire skilled staff, reported Agence France-Presse.
The 21 percent growth in the number of 457 visa workers in one year has exceeded national employment numbers, says Australiaâ€™s Labor Party.Â â€œThe program is being increasingly driven by temporary visa holders seeking to remain in Australia instead of the demands of the Australian labor force,â€ the governmentâ€™s immigration department said in a statement.
The Australian Government is taking measure to control the visa abuse, a move being Â criticized by Rupert.
â€œI think the way that theyâ€™re talking about the 457 is pretty disgraceful and racist, but Iâ€™m a big one for encouraging immigration, I think thatâ€™s the future,â€ Rupert told Sky News.
â€œA mixture of people â€” just look at America â€” is just fantastic,â€ theÂ News Corporation chief said.
“Skilled migration was vital to economic growth in Australiaâ€™s north, which is in the grip of a mining and resources boom with billions of dollars of investment slated for the coming years.