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Murdoch blasts 'racist' Australia on skilled visas

Published on Apr 2, 2013 1:58 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Global media baron Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday accused the government of his native Australia of "disgraceful and racist" language over a crackdown on visas for skilled migrants.

The Australian-born News Corporation chief condemned the centre-left Labor government's rhetoric about the tightening of the 457-class skilled visa programme amid claims of abuse by employers and disadvantage to local workers.

"I think the way that they're talking about the 457 is pretty disgraceful and racist, but I'm a big one for encouraging immigration, I think that's the future," Murdoch told Sky News on a business visit to northern Australia.

"A mixture of people - just look at America - is just fantastic," he added.

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