Greens Want Secretary For Foreign Student Visas

Greens want secretary for foreign student issues

The ABC News (Australia), June 12, 2010

Recent problems with international education providers have prompted the Greens to call for a dedicated parliamentary secretary to cover the industry.

An international college in Adelaide offering courses mostly to Indian students is the latest to have its registration suspended.

It is accused of breaking laws protecting international students.

There have also been fewer visa applications from overseas students this year, particularly from Indian students.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says the Federal Government has been 'asleep at the wheel'.

'We have an Education Minister and an Immigration Minister who seem to be in different spaces on this issues,' she said.

'We need one government representative who has responsibility for the international education sector.

'It's worth more than $15 billion to Australia's economy and is the country's third biggest export earner.'