Gov’t keen to facilitate more workers enter Aust labour market

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Kerry McCarthy of Gracekate Farms talking with the Prime Minister as the Secretary to Prime Minister and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade looks on.

PRIME Minister Rick Hou has expressed his government interest to assist more Solomon Islanders to work in Australia under the Australia’s Seasonal Workers Programme (SWP).

Mr. Hou stated this when he met with the Management of Nutrano Abbotsleigh Farm and GraceKate Farms during the first two days of his State Visit to Australia this week.

He also spoken the government’s interest to open the Scheme (SWP) to include Solomon Islands in the semi-skilled labour on a 3-year visa.

PM Hou also used the opportunity to meet and talk to the Solomon Islanders who are currently working in Australia under the programme (SWP).

Speaking to the management of the two companies, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude towards the companies for their business and commitment in bringing Solomon Islands workers to work in Australia and expressed that Solomon Islands is committed to the SWP and further acknowledge Australia’s Government’s support for the programme.

He also uttered the government interest to open the Scheme to include semi-skilled and skilled workers.

To the workers, the Prime Minister acknowledged the experience they have gained while in Australia and commended them for their positive attitude towards their work.

He further thanked the workers for flying their country’s national flag with their great work ethics resulting in good commendations from their employers.

“This builds trust and confidence in our people and open more doors for more workers to join the programme”, he said.

Hon. Houenipwela further advised the workers to be of good standing, refrain from alcohol, and ensure the spirit of family is maintained and respect for each other is preserved.

The Prime Minister also took the time and hear from the workers about their views on areas the Government can work on in enhancing the seasonal workers program.