Malcolm Turnbull to abolish 457 immigration work visas

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Andrew Meares
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Andrew Meares

The Turnbull government has adopted a new "Australians First" approach to skilled migration, announcing it will abolish the controversial 457 visa program for temporary skilled migrants.

The 457 visa will be replaced by a new temporary visa specifically designed to recruit "the best and brightest", with tougher english language tests and activity requirements.

"We are an immigration nation but the fact remains that Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs," Mr Turnbull said on Facebook.

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