Prime Minister Julia Gillard was not consulted on the decision to bring more than 1,700 foreign workers to work on a major mine project in Western Australia.
The workers have been granted visas under the first Enterprise Migration Agreement to work at Gina Rinehart’s $9 billion Roy Hill iron ore project.
Immigration minister Chris Bowen signed off on the deal but Ms Gillard was not informed about it until Wednesday after her return from the United States.
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