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Tourism Rudd, take a holiday: Australian tourism industry seeks PM's
help Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should do more to help Australia's
struggling tourism industry through the international financial crisis
and he should start by taking a holiday, tourism officials say.
Operators have been hit this year by a strong Australian dollar,
spiralling fuel prices, bad weather and fierce competition from
cheaper and closer overseas destinations, which has limited growth
from overseas markets.

Top Travel Tip Omeo Bright Victorian Highlands This is one bus worth
waiting for..The view from the top is all part of the service on the
Omeo to Bright bus. Driver Rod O'Connell says some of the scenery is
"on a par with anything that you might find on the Great Ocean Road".

Migrant Stories Multiculturalism is an integral part of the nations
fabric, with 23% of the population born overseas.
The migrants made Australia their home for a variety of reasons. But
as they age, they sometimes face a unique set of problems not
encountered by the Australia born, including isolation, language
difficulties and an inability to access essential health, transport
and social services. http://www.theage.com.au/interactive...nts/intro.html

Australia Economic Outlook No end in sight to the world economic
maelstrom. China, the world's factory, is now in trouble and the news
out of the US gets gloomier by the day. At home, we haven't seen it in
the figures yet, but industrial production has slowed sharply in
recent months and businesses have swtiched to cost-cutting mode. The
new year will herald job losses and a further test for consumer
confidence. If consumers can hold their nerve, the economy should have
suffiicent momentum to avoid a recession - just! But if consumers
panic there is a real chance of a more protracted downturn in activity
and employment. http://www.bis.com.au/reports/economic_outlook_r.html

Boom states now face the toughest problems AUSTRALIA may continue to
run a two-speed economy, but it will be the resource states that run
slow as Queensland and Western Australia supplant NSW as the Rudd
Government's biggest economic headache.

Government tightens skilled migration THE global economic crisis has
forced the Federal Government to tighten its skilled migration
program. Skilled migration program tightened, economic crisis forces
rethink and skills shortage fast-tracking
Immigration Minister Chris Evans said engineers, medical, IT and
construction trade professionals on a new "critical skills list" would
be favoured. "There were concerns that the permanent skilled
migration program was not delivering the right skills to the right
areas." http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...980018039.html

Other Australian related travel, tourism, study, migration and living
info see AIEC Australian International Education Centre http://www.aiec.biz

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