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Plans to outsource visa processing are scary

Plans to outsource visa processing are scary, according to a former immigration official. Abul Rizvi, a former departmental deputy secretary says “the potential for a private provider to create a fast and slow lane for processing had ‘frightening’ long-term implications and the proposed use of applicants’ data for marketing purposes was ‘appalling.’ Rizvi joins the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia in expressing concern about the outsourcing plan, which has not received a final sign-off from the cabinet after months of testing the market for expressions of interest.”

'Unauthorised': Privatised NSW land titles registry hiked fees by 1900 per cent

Despite advance warnings that privatization would lead to the price gouging of the Australian public, the private operator of the New South Wales Land Title Registry “surreptitiously hiked some fees by 1900 per cent before it was caught and forced to amend them.” In the lead-up to the privatization, “surveyors and developers said they feared the cost of a property transaction would rise. In one recent example, homebuyers and sellers now have to go through a licensed broker to conduct a land titles search. They now have to pay, in some cases, triple the price for the same information.”

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Municipal solid waste management services in Latin America

This report is the first of a series of reports which are part of a research project on global waste services which PSI has commissioned to inform its work to improve working conditions in the waste sector. This report served as background research for the first meeting of the PSI Latin America, Central America and Mexican affiliates with membership in municipal waste services that tool place in Bogotá, Colombia on 28-29 July 2017.

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