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Up to 100,000 undocumented farm workers would be given a pass to stay in Australia under recommendations made to the Morrison government.

A major report into Australia’s agricultural labour crisis has called for sweeping changes to fix the shortage and exploitation of workers in the sector.

The government-commissioned agricultural workforce strategy was released on Friday after more than a year of development.

The committee described the coronavirus pandemic as a unique chance to design a one-off program allowing undocumented people to stay.

“It is a potentially dangerous situation for the Australian public to have 60,000 to 100,000 overseas workers avoiding contact with clinics and hospitals,” the report says.

Last week, Nationals…



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