The Morrison government will impose new visa conditions on thousands of migrants a year, requiring them to settle outside Sydney and Melbourne for up to five years, in a bid to address unplanned population growth that has outstripped forecasts in major capital cities by almost 100 per cent over the past decade.
Conservative Party policy is to halve immigration levels and this new suggestion doesn't take into account already strained infrastructure in Australia's smaller cities.
The Australian reports, Population and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge (pictured) has flagged key planks of the government’s soon-to-be-released population policy, including fundamental structural changes to federal and state government management of population distribution and infrastructure planning.
Mr Tudge says that a population spike after 2007 eclipsed growth predicted in the 2002 Intergenerational Report, driven by a “turbo-charged” lift in the immigration intake and family reunion visas under the Rudd and Gillard governments.
The unplanned nature of this population growth had led to an infrastructure deficit and settlement imbalance that was costing the nation $25 billion year in lost economic activity because of capital city congestion. This is predicted to reach more than $40 billion within 10 years.
The Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert has told Adelaide radio station FIVEaa's Andrew Reimer, the proposal seems to be a short term fix to a Sydney and Melbourne problem.
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