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Saturday, 05 January 2013 08:15

A key construction union is pushing for employers to be allowed under law to discriminate in favour of Australian permanent residents over temporary foreign workers.


The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is demanding that if employees are to be made redundant, those on 457 visas should go first, The Australian newspaper reported on Saturday.

The call is despite past legal advice to the government that laying off 457 visa holders first could breach state anti-discrimination laws.

The union makes the call in a new submission to Labor's draft to consolidate discrimination laws from five acts to one.

The CFMEU said permanent residents and Australian citizens should "have the primary right to Australian jobs".

The single exception would be for New Zealand citizens, who can get unrestricted work rights in Australia.


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