Crean pushes unions for evidence of 457 rorts

Labor stalwart Simon Crean is pushing unions to prove claims of rorts and malpractice in the 457 visa program as his party moves to impose tougher rules on importing foreign workers, according to The Australian Financial Review.  

His call comes as Labor said it would legislate to require businesses to prove all local labour options had been exhausted before hiring foreigners, with further fines imposed for breaches. 

On union calls for a crackdown on 457 visa rules amid rort allegations, Mr Crean said, “my point to the unions is give me the evidence to show this is happening", according to The AFR. 

Mr Crean said 457s were a short-term measure and unions should make long-term training their agenda, the newspaper said.