A bipartisan bill before the US Congress threatens to open access to the prized E3 visa class to Irish workers, a prospect that has sparked an intense lobbying campaign by Australia’s ambassador to Washington, Joe Hockey, to block the move.
….The legislation to expand the E3 visa scheme to Irish immigrants was introduced to the US House of Representatives at the end of October and is due for debate in coming weeks.
Many members of the US Congress have Irish ancestry, and are sympathetic to the idea of making it easier for Irish professionals to work in America.
But Australian officials have launched a diplomatic battle to preserve the exclusive right to the visa, fearing that opening up the scheme to the Irish would lead to a stampede of other countries seeking to gain access to its special provisions.
I moved to Australia from Tramore, Waterford a few years ago and now work in Victoria. My job in Victoria is working with local councils on their tourism and economic development for their regions.
I am currently working in the Shire of Baw Baw which is an hour South East of Melbourne and covers the main towns of Drouin, Warragul and the old gold mining town of Walhalla. We also have a ski resort, Mount Baw Baw, which is the closest ski resort to Melbourne.
I have just made this video on a shoestring budget with the aim of getting people to go off the beaten track and discover this part of Victoria, mainly those parts beyond Melbourne City.
Since there is still a massive Irish contingent in Australia and travelling to Melbourne each year I thought it would be good to share it with your readers.
There is an old Irish settlement here in the towns of Warragul from back in the 1960s and when you come to this part of Victoria it really does remind me of Ireland. During the hot summer, this place still manages to stay green.