Phrases like the one used: "More jobs for Aussies and less 457's coming in due to our 'skills shortage'. Isn't that what we all want?" are a definite sign to me that public opinion is really starting to turn against the skilled migration programme as it stands at the moment - 457's particularly. I wonder how long before the government will start to do something about it?
I remember a while back a couple of nurses posting that they had been offered 457s but held out for a permanent visa - think that was very good advice. In their position, I certainly wouldn't be throwing caution to the winds for the offer of a temporary visa just at the moment.