Brendan O’Connor – New Minister for Immigration and Citizenship sworn in

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Brendan O'Connor - New Minister for Immigration and Citizenship So the first snippet of immigration news for 2013 which some of you may find of interest is the news that the Australian Immigration Department have a new boss.

Brendan O’Connor was sworn in as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on 4 February 2013.

His bio seems a bit drab but alas, it will be interesting to see what, if any new ideas he brings to the role.

Interestingly enough, his background highlights links to unions. Prior to entering Parliament, O’Connor was a union official from 1986 to 2001 and assistant national secretary of the Australian Services Union from 1993 to 2001.

Does this mean he’ll be keen to return a focus onto local Australian workers before considering the value foreign workers can bring into Australia through the immigration channels.

Only time will tell I guess.

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