Friday, September 23, 2011

Visa rorting allegations surround $43b Gorgon project

Visa rorting allegations surround $43b Gorgon project

The Department of Immigration is investigating allegations that a Chevron subcontractor had employed illegal workers on the $43 billion Gorgon gas project in Western Australia's North-West shelf.

The Maritime Union of Australia claims it has uncovered evidence that European workers aboard the Highland Navigator, an Allseas vessel, were employed using five-day tourist visas.

The union says a crew report for the Highland Navigator, which arrived at the Mermaid Supply Base in Dampier on September 19, shows at least four crew members were allowed into Australia on 651 tourist visas.

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