This is an excerpt of the interview done by the Branch Secretary, Patricia Fernandez

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees’ Union,’NSW branch said the Federal Government has changed the wrong visa.

State secretary Patricia Fernandez said the same controls around the 457 visa should be applied to the 417 visa, known as the backpacker visa, if there is to be any impact on regional jobs.

“We welcome [the Prime Minister’s] comments about Australian jobs for Australian workers, but the reality is that the 457 scheme has not had the impact that the 417 scheme has had on our industry,” she said.

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