Prime Minister Scott Morrison will on Monday announce changes to backpacker and working holiday visas to help struggling farmers fill worker shortages.
According to Nine News, the Liberal Party leader is set to declare the news on day one of his tour of Queensland.
As part of the reform, the age limit will be raised to 35 for some countries, backpackers will be able to stay up to three months longer and select regions of the country will be open to overseas workers.
However, the PM is said to enforce a workforce test giving Australians the priority for jobs over visitors.
As part of his Queensland tour, Morrison will visit a variety of places across the state, including the electorates of Logan and Forde.
He will also make his way to Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Mackay.
The latest news follows reports Morrison has banned former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull from representing Australia in government missions after he took part in a controversial Bali oceans conference.
The former politician was sent to Indonesia for the Our Ocean Conference by Morrison to meet with President Joko Widodo — despite his decision to retire from Aussie politics months ago.
Many people, including One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, criticised Morrison’s decision — particularly after he failed to campaign for defeated Liberal candidate Dave Sharma in the lead up to the crucial Wentworth by-election. Despite the backlash, Turnbull was still sent overseas.
While at the conference, Turnbull sparked controversy by sharing his own views on government policies that go completely against those of Morrison. The 64-year-old claimed moving Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be met with “very negative reactions” in Indonesia.
Clearly unhappy with Turnbull’s unplanned speech, Morrison slammed the former Liberal leader for his comments during an interview on 2GB with Alan Jones on Thursday morning.
“He was actually there to attend an oceans conference. The issues of trade and other things were not really part of the brief,” Morrison explained.”I’m always going to act with respect towards previous prime ministers, regardless of who they are.
“But I do think the exemplar of previous prime ministers, about how they go about thing post; on our side of politics is obviously John Howard and on the Labor party side is Julia Gillard.”