Australian politician tells inquiry Chinese visa scheme was a scam

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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ICAC: Daryl Maguire admits role in cash-for-visa scheme

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.

Gladys Berejiklian has been under intense pressure since revealing on Monday she was in a years-long relationship with former MP Daryl Maguire. (Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images)
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Unions demand extension to visa renewal scheme for international health workers

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”.

Home Secretary Priti Patel (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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

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Bahrain introduces 10 year multi-entry visa scheme for US passport holders

Dubai: The Nationality, Passport and Residence Affairs (NPRA) in Bahrain announced a ten-year multi-entry visa for US citizens on Saturday.The 10 year visa will allow holders of American passports to stay up to 90-days each visit, local media reported.

Americans can apply through the website for a BD60 fee. The new service comes in line with the decision of the Executive Committee as part of the government efforts to offer facilities to US nationals out of strong ties of friendship between the two countries that resulted in an agreement to provide similar services to Bahraini nationals and unify fees between both sides.

in September Bahrain announced it is resuming its visa-on-arrival services, which according to Bahrain Airport company is now open to travellers from 68 countries.

The service is open to all GCC citizens, excluding those from Qatar, who are required to obtain a visa before their arrival to

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