1. Immigration quota may be reduced by 3 while adjusting the proportion of skilled immigrants

  2. The amount of permanent residence in Australia may be determined by each state

  3. New state issues new laws to protect the rights of home buyers

  4. ANZ Bank will carry out major reforms to loan approvals

  5. Coles' new high-end store operation model

  6. Australian Strawberry Needle Suspect Was Caught and Bailed

  7. U.S. shared electric bikes enter Sydney

  8. Bhutan conjoined twins are successfully separated in Melbourne

  9. Woolworths also launched a toy collection event

  • Immigration quota may be reduced by 3 while adjusting the proportion of skilled immigrants
  • The Morrison government is considering reducing immigration quotas for the first time in eight years and increasing the proportion of skilled immigrants. Currently, Australia’s annual immigration quota is 19, and the Morrison government may reduce this number to 16. In the new plan, only the "best and brightest people" who can make a positive contribution to the Australian economy are eligible to apply for immigration.

    The new immigration quota is expected to be announced in December this year or early next year, but the implementation will have to wait until July next year. There is also news that new immigrants have to stay in the economically underdeveloped areas of Australia for 12 years before they can get permanent residence.

    Interior Minister Peter Dutton said that the federal government is considering introducing a series of measures to encourage immigrants to travel to remote areas. "Take some remote areas of Queensland as an example. Without foreign workers, some slaughterhouses cannot even maintain operations."

    2. The amount of permanent residence in Australia may be determined by each state

    According to the Australian newspaper, Australian society is increasingly concerned about urban congestion caused by immigrants and the decline in quality of life. In this context, states continue to demand a greater voice in national population policies. It is understood that senior Morrison government officials have started discussions on reforms.

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pointed out that he is taking a “new” approach to population policy, including states, hinting at a complete rewrite of immigration policy.

    The fundamental reason that inspired the Morrison government to promote this reform is that population pressure in some cities in Australia has caused a series of social problems, such as urban congestion and a decline in the quality of life. In this context, the states have also continued to demand a greater voice in the national population policy, which can "adjust to local conditions."

    According to a new plan, Australia’s states and territories will have to submit their demand for skilled migration to the federal government every year and prove that they have sufficient infrastructure. This move may fundamentally change the current system in which the federal government determines the level of permanent immigration.

    It is understood that the formulation of the new plan is still at an early stage. In addition, the cabinet may decide tonight to set up a population task force to advise on other policies as one of the measures of a broader population program.

    3. New state promulgated new laws to protect the rights of buyers

    On Tuesday, the NSW Parliament passed an important real estate law agreement reform. The agreement reform mainly includes the reform of the "Conveyancing Law", including the cooling-off period for the purchase of real estate, deposits and sunset clauses.

    NSW Finance, Services and Real Estate Minister Victor Dominello said that the number of off-plan sales has increased from more than 2,000 ten years ago to nearly 30,000 in the previous fiscal year, and off-plan sales accounted for about 12% of all residential sales in NSW.

    Dominello also said: “Buying off-premises has become more and more popular, but there are also risks. Buyers can’t just rely on luxurious display centers and glamorous brochures.”

    However, according to this reform bill, the buyer will get a copy of the proposed plan, detailed rules and completion timetable before signing the contract. If the content changes, the buyer will be able to cancel the contract or file a claim, and (the signing of the contract) ) The cooling-off period will be extended to 10 working days.

    Dominello said that if the bill is passed, it will also change the inequality faced by pre-completed buyers in the negotiation process.

    4. ANZ Bank will carry out major reforms to loan approvals

    The ANZ Bank (ANZ) Group is preparing for major reforms to assess and review mortgage applications, including in-depth analysis of applicants’ income and the introduction of advanced credit investigation procedures. This may become one of the most severe audit measures in history. The bank has put forward additional requirements for 10 types of loan applications including laid-off employees, elderly employees who retire and re-employed, and the use of retirement savings to repay loans.

    In addition, mortgage brokers will be required to provide "enhanced verification" of applicants' income and lease expenses. This will include more details about changes in financial conditions, including whether retirement is imminent, and the borrower will be asked more details about living expenses and any financial commitments.

    Since the Big Four banks substantially tightened their credit policies in 2016, Australian banks have not eased their concerns about the credit crisis, but have continued to tighten them.

    5. Coles New High-end Store Operation Model

    Recently, Coles opened its first "Coles Local" new model pilot store in Melbourne. This new high-end store operation model may bring Coles more market share and revenue. It aims to provide more high-quality food for health-conscious customers. No longer pay attention to price, but hope to provide customers with more convenient and quality services.

    The “Coles Local” pilot store located in Melbourne’s Affluent Surrey Hills is only half the size of an ordinary Coles supermarket, and the number of products in it is only half the number of ordinary Coles supermarkets, but it has 1000 kinds of products that traditional Coles supermarkets do not have. These include products from specialty stores, such as MoVida's food, Brunetti's cakes, and cooked foods and meats from Andrew McConnell's Meatsmith.

    The "Coles Local" store will mainly sell fruits and vegetables of the season, ensuring that half of the space is used for placing 100% fresh Australian food. The pilot store also launched a series of new Coles Local special ready-to-eat meals, as well as a Foodie Hub equipped with a resident chef. The resident chef will show customers product samples and give some cooking suggestions and recipes.

    The new operating model can be said to be a new signal for the reform of the supermarket nature, because now the two major supermarkets Coles and Woolworths have begun to pay more and more attention to the convenience and service of the supermarket, rather than the price.

    "Customer needs are changing," said Steven Cain, CEO of Coles. "We are moving in the direction of convenience, which means convenient stores and convenient products. This means different customer groups. We must meet their needs.” In the coming period, Coles will also closely monitor the operating conditions of pilot stores to decide whether to open more Coles Local stores.

    6. Australian Strawberry Needle Suspect Was Caught and Bailed

    My Ut Trinh (English name: Judy), a Vietnamese woman from Queensland, was arrested on the evening of the 11th on suspicion of creating a sensation in Australia for the strawberry needle possession incident. Judy is currently charged with 7 counts including contaminating goods and deliberately causing economic losses. She may face up to 10 years in prison.

    The Brisbane Magistrates Court rejected her application for bail, and she must first be detained for at least ten days. After the arrest, Judy was expressionless. She was an employee of Caboolture Berrylicious strawberry farm in the north of Brisbane. She retaliated against her boss for dissatisfaction with the salary.


    7. US shared electric bikes enter Sydney

    This week, a batch of brand new green electric shared bicycles landed in Sydney. This was launched by an American company called Lime.

    It is reported that the electric bicycle is equipped with a lithium battery, which is charged once every two days, with a maximum speed of 24 kilometers per hour. The company put a total of 300 shared electric bicycles into Sydney city centre last week, and plans to expand to Melbourne and Brisbane.

    A Lime spokesperson said that Sydney needs a new mode of transportation and is confident that these electric vehicles will succeed in Sydney. It is reported that in addition to bicycles, the company also operates a shared electric skateboard business in New Zealand, and has already conducted a trial operation near Monash University in Melbourne. In the past year, three shared bicycle companies have announced their withdrawal from the Australian market.

    8. Bhutan conjoined twins are successfully separated in Melbourne

    The 15-month-old conjoined twins of Bhutan were successfully separated after undergoing a marathon-style highly difficult operation at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. The attending doctor said that the twins are currently recovering well and are expected to return to Bhutan with their families after recovery. All expenses for this operation were raised by the Children First Foundation.

    This is not the first cooperation between UNICEF and the world-renowned Royal Children's Hospital of Melbourne, Australia. As early as 2009, these two institutions worked hand in hand to help a pair of conjoined babies in Bangladesh obtain a successful separation operation.

    Julie Webber, spokesperson for the Children First Foundation, said that this operation is of great significance and it will bring a whole new life to the two sisters.

    9. Woolworths Christmas also launched toy collection activities

    Recently, Woolworths Supermarket launched a mini toy collection activity called Christmas Pop Outs to cope with the competition with Coles Supermarket and promote Christmas sales. Consumers can collect 12 buildable cardboard cartoon characters with a Christmas theme. Same as Coles' previous "Little Shop", you can get one of them for every AUD 30 spent.

    These toys include Santa Claus, Santa’s reindeer, elf, gingerbread man, snowman, toy soldiers, Santa’s sleigh, etc. The material of Pop-Outs toys is recyclable cardboard. After the toy parts are pulled out of the cardboard, parents and children can make toys according to the instructions on the bottom of the cardboard.

    In addition, the supermarket also provides a store to collect these Christmas characters, priced at 3 Australian dollars.