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Australia creates advisory council on skilled migration

Australia has created a new Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) to provide the Government with expert advice on the role of skilled migration in the country’s economy.

“Skilled migration plays a valuable role in addressing current and future skill shortages, as well as lessening the impact of Australia's ageing population, and it's important that we have fresh perspectives on how to best address these issues,” Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, said. “This new ministerial advisory council will provide the government with independent advice to help develop our migration policies and programs.”

Mr. Bowen said the council members have been drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, experience and professional expertise.

Michael Easson AM will chair the 18-member council. “Mr. Easson brings substantial experience to the council from his work as the executive chair of the EG Property Group, business consultant at Allens Arthur Robinson, deputy chair of ACT Electricity and Water Corporation, director of Macquarie Infrastructure Investment Management and Metro Transport, independent director of ING Management, and former vice president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions,” Mr. Bowen said.
 

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