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SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian politician at the centre of a corruption probe told an inquiry on Wednesday that he had received envelopes full of thousands of dollars in cash at his parliament office as part of a scheme for Chinese nationals to fraudulently acquire visas.
Daryl Maguire, who quit the New South Wales (NSW) state parliament in 2018, agreed with the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption that the scheme, where Chinese nationals paid large sums for a business in NSW to pretend they were employed there, was a scam.
Maguire and his business associate, Maggie Wang, received up to A$20,000 ($14,000) for each business they recruited to the scheme. He agreed it was a breach of public trust.
Wang had told the inquiry on Tuesday that she had shared profits from the scheme with Maguire, and also admitted lying to investigators.
Maguire accepted another allegation heard by the inquiry
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Australians wishing to sponsor their partner to remain in the country will be forced to undergo a character test and have the results shared within the relationship before a visa application can be made.
The government says the new changes will protect migrants from domestic and family violence.
Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge revealed further details of the changes, first announced in last week’s federal budget, on Wednesday morning, including that any adverse findings from the sponsor’s character check would be shared with their partner so they can “make an informed decision” about whether to proceed with an expensive visa application.
The results would include any information that suggests a potential threat of future violence, including past convictions and charges, Mr Tudge said.
Immigration officials, however, would still have discretion over whether a visa application can proceed.
While supporting the sharing of information between a couple, domestic and family violence
Berejiklian survives no-confidence motion by a single vote
New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian has survived a no-confidence motion in the upper house by a single vote.
The former Greens MP turned independent Justin Field has just released a statement explaining his decision to oppose the motion. He wants to “reserve judgment” until the Icac has had time to “do its work and fully inform the public and political debate”.
The actions of Daryl Maguire are disgraceful and reflect not just on him but on the political party of which he was a member and a Member of Parliament. The public
Robertson continues to press Maguire on whether he was hoping to make money personally as a result of his involvement in the Shenzen business group.
We’re played a phone intercept (the first of the day!) between Maguire and his close friend and partner at G8Way International, Phillip Elliott. We hear them discussing a trip to Samoa with a Shenzen businessman who was interested in setting up a casino in Samoa.
Maguire tells Elliott he helped set up a meeting between the Chinese businessman and the Samoan consulate.
He tells Elliott on the call:
They were happy with the meeting so in February I’m going to the Solomon Islands and PNG, I’m going to visit them in the next round and then March is … 10 days in Samoa and they’re bringin a dozen business people.
Former NSW MP Daryl Maguire has told a corruption inquiry he did not report his involvement in a “cash-for-visa scam” because he was making money.
The former Wagga Wagga MP is accused of using his position in Parliament to benefit himself and his related business associates.
Within half an hour of questioning in NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Mr Maguire admitted to using his parliamentary office and resources to conduct various business dealings, including receiving thousands of dollars in cash at his office as part of the visa scam.
He also admitted to acting as a shadow director for a business known as G8wayInternational, as well as using his parliamentary staff, resources, mailing system and even the parliamentary library for the business.
Mr Maguire said those business interests were not disclosed as they should have been in line with his obligations as an MP.
Former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire has admitted he accepted cash deliveries to his parliamentary office relating to a visa scheme for Chinese nationals.
The former lover of the NSW Premier has made a series of stunning admissions in front of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, agreeing he ran a private business from his parliamentary office, received cash for his role in a visa scheme, and promised clients access to high levels of Government.
Mr Maguire appeared in front of ICAC on Wednesday, two days after Gladys Berejiklian sensationally revealed she had been in a close personal relationship with Mr Maguire for five years, starting in 2015.
Mr Maguire agreed on Wednesday he acted as a shadow director in a company that profited from selling access to the highest levels of the NSW Government.
International healthcare workers should have their visas automatically renewed for free to ensure they can help tackle the UK’s second wave of coronavirus, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said.
Between the end of March and October 1, health and care staff with expiring visas had them automatically renewed for 12 months free-of-charge, allowing them to stay and work in the country.
Now, the BMA, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Unison have written to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking for the system to be extended “as a matter of urgency”.
The joint letter said: “It is clear we are now entering a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“With daily cases reaching record highs we need to do as much as possible to retain the skills and experience of our talented overseas colleagues as we have an incredibly tough few months
With the new H-1B visa requirements linking a degree in a specific field and job description, I doubt whether Sundar Pichai head of Alphabet/Google, whose degrees are in metallurgical engineering and materials science, would have gotten an H-1B to work in the information-technology sector (“U.S. Imposes New Curbs on H-1B Visas,” U.S. News, Oct. 7).
If you are going to hire someone on a H-1B visa, it makes sense to recruit the best possible and most-skilled person who brings in knowledge and skills in multiple disciplines. The concept that an applicant must have a degree in a specific field in which she or he is looking for work is outdated. The new changes don’t account for the highly interdisciplinary and convergent nature of the complex, real problems