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Friday, November 23, 2007

Overhaul visas, urges witness

FIVE months after a Filipino worker was thrown to his death from the back of a speeding utility in the Northern Territory, the jillaroo who stood beside him at the time has described the reality of life for foreigners struggling to cope in the outback.

Kate Cheesman, 24, was beside Pedro Balading when he died on June 6.

She and her husband Aaron had been working their way around Australia and found themselves at Amungee Mungee Station, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, working alongside Filipino men on "457" work visas.

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