PR pathway for 3000

New Australian Foreign Affiars Minister Penny Wong Arrived into the country yesterday. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

Newly appointed Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong announced last night a pathway for permanent residency (PR) for 3000 Pacific islanders and that seasonal workers would be allowed to bring their families.

“For generations, Pacific islanders have been adding to and shaping Australian culture and we will welcome the contribution people of Pacific heritage bring to Australia,” she said while delivering her keynote address at the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat.

“We want to look at ways we can continue to build upon those.

“Australia will do more and we will do it differently.

“We will ensure that those Pacific Islanders who come to work in Australia are treated fairly, with better conditions.

“We will allow workers to bring their families and we will create the Pacific Engagement visa to provide a pathway to permanency for 3000 of our Pacific family per year.”

Ms Wong said Australia also understood the important role women and girls played in Pacific economies.

“As the countries of the Pacific continue to chart a course for recovery from the challenges of covid, we know that women and girls — their status, their participation, their education, their safety will be a vital part of that recovery.”

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