Labour granted more special COVID work visas in its first ten months in government than were issued during the 20 months the international border was closed when the visa was required.
This is another example of the Albanese Government’s big Australia, which is worsening housing shortages, driving record rent increases, adding to congestion, putting upward pressure on interest rates and impacting the environment.
For further evidence of Labor’s big Australia, the number of visas finalised under Labor has increased 290.5 per cent to almost 6.2 million in the 22-23 financial year to March.
Labor issued 65,859 COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visas between June 2022 and March 2023, compared to 62,868 visas issued between April 2020 and November 2021.
Labor issued more than double the number of COVID work visas to international students in its first ten months in government than when the border was closed (Labor 23,904 vs. COVID 11,885).
158,668 Pandemic Event (Subclass 408) visas have now been granted. And 122,000 Subclass 408 visa holders are currently in Australia, an increase of 93,634 people on the same time last year, according to the most recent figures on data.gov.au.
Labor issued record numbers of the Covid work visa in March (12,962) and February (8,326) this year when the average number of monthly visas issued during the pandemic was just 3,143.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa is still open today despite the fact the pandemic is over.
Labor claim they don’t want a big Australia but judge them by their actions, not their words.
Labor is bringing 1.5 million people to Australia over five years, and they have no answers for where they will live, what this will do to congestion or how it will impact the environment and quality of life.
Labor always makes a mess of immigration. They are obviously focused on other issues, and their big Australia is getting out of control. Labor has created a big Australia, but we still have workforce shortages in critical sectors.
The Coalition wants a better Australia, not Labor’s big Australia.