The immigration dept has extended foreign graduates work permits to four years and removed restrictions in industry based on skills shortages - foreign students, upon graduation from an Australian university have previously been allowed to stay and work for 18 months only in jobs where there are skills shortages such as medicine and IT, but can now stay for four years with no work restrictions.
It seems the obvious motivation for the move is to keep skilled foreigners in the country for economic reasons. Four years allows a higher likelihood of meeting a partner and marrying, establishing oneself in a career, buying property and thus greater economic input etc etc.
Critics say it will take jobs away from Australians in an already tough market.
Is this decision a good move for Australia? What are your thoughts?