Bernardi slams Marshall's migrant push

February 05, 2019

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has slammed a push by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) to increase international student numbers, saying it would only encourage more rorting of the visa system.

The Advertiser reports, Premier Marshall yesterday sent a plan to Prime Minister Scott Morrison aimed at encouraging young South Australians to stay here increasing SA’s share of international students and encouraging more skilled migration to boost economic growth.

But Mr Morrison would not comment on the plan ahead of a COAG meeting next Friday.

Senator Bernardi said, “International students come here to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Australians, and they use it as a means of gaining back-door residency and then further gaming the system through family reunions,”

"It's all well and good for Premier Marshall to want more migrants, but it’s half-baked. More migrants require jobs and that requires more industry. Industry is held back by record high power prices because the SA Liberals believe the green fantasy that excludes cheaper modes of generating electricity," he continued.

"Cheaper power means more jobs and more water for everyone, making South Australians already here more optimistic about staying and starting or growing their family," Senator Bernardi has told Flow FM the painful evidence is there to see in Europe, but our politicians seem to be blind to the problem.

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