By SIMON MERTON
The Opening of two new Australian Visa Application Centres (AVAC) in Port Moresby and Lae is being promoted by the Australian High Commission as a positive step in addressing our concerns.
Fact is, it doesn't!
All it is doing is shifting the line up from the car park to somewhere else!
These application centres are third-party contractors who simply accept applications and they pass them over to the AHC for processing.
What they have achieved by introducing these centres is placing yet another barrier between the applicant and the Migration office which is now closed to the general public.
And to further rub salt into the wound, on top of the existing non-refundable application fee, people will now have to pay an additional K49 to fund these centres.