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Australia: Tax payable by foreign residents on capital gains may increase under proposed changes

In brief - ATO issues preliminary views on capital gains made by foreign beneficiaries of non-fixed trusts and relevance of source concept for capital gains, while government introduces legislation to remove entitlement to main residence exemption for foreign residents Recently, there have been proposed changes which when finalised potentially increase the amount of tax payable in Australia by foreign residents...

Partner Visa waits increase as Employer Sponsored demand decreases

Peter Dutton has created a scandalous two-year waiting period and exorbitant costs for partner visas – flouting the Migration Act – and this is likely to worsen. Former Immigration Department Deputy Secretary Abul Rizvi reports. IMMIGRATION MINISTER David Coleman has at last allowed the 2018-19 Migration Program report to be published in early December. These are usually finalised each July. There are two highlights from the report: the Partner visa...

Adelaide is moving into the ‘grey zone’, and there’s one thing that could fix it

For years, South Australia has faced an almost insurmountable problem – the lure of Melbourne. Generations of young people have left South Australia in search of adventure and work, with one-third of the 28,926 people who moved interstate last year destined for Victoria. As the fastest-growing city in Australia, Melbourne is booming, with its rapid speed of growth bringing its own challenges. But...

With cities like the Gold Coast declared ‘regional’, small town employers ‘won’t stand a chance’

Jason King’s business needs workers with skills, but it’s a tough job to convince them to move to Swan Hill in regional Victoria. Until now, he’s been able to offer migrant workers a regional visa, but that competitive advantage over many major centres has now gone. The local council and employers are frustrated about a federal government declaration that anywhere outside...

Abul Rizvi: $53,900 wage floor too high for ‘skilled’ visas

Abul Rizvi, former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Immigration and one of the architects of Australia’s faux ‘skilled’ migration program, has penned an article claiming that the $53,900 wage floor for regional skilled migrants is too high: On 16 November 2019, the Government’s much-touted regional migration visas took effect. One of these is a five year provisional visa that requires the migrant...