By ROD McGUIRK
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will end a decade-long minimum wage freeze for skilled migrant workers as part of an overhaul of what the government describes as a broken immigration system. He says the current system encourages exploitation and favors attracting low-paid employees rather than filling critical skills shortages. Australia has long had a high immigration rate, but the migrant workforce has become increasingly temporary. The income threshold for temporary skilled migration had been frozen by a previous government at $35,600 a year since 2013. Home Affairs Secretary Clare O’Neil said on Thursday that a new threshold of $46,300 would apply from 1 January. July. She says that all temporary skilled workers in Australia will be clearer paths to permanent residence by the end of the year.