Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is facing growing calls to halve the nation’s migration intake with many backbench Liberals joining Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi in stepping up warnings about Australia’s booming population growth.
Conservative Party policy is for current immigration numbers to be halved and for a radical reform of our visa and citizenship criteria to be carried out.
The Australian reports, WA Liberals are likely to back a policy push at the party’s State conference later this month for the Government to make big cuts to the immigration rate, reducing the current cap of 190,000 permanent migrants a year to half that figure.
The push for the cut is understood to have broad support from party members.
Australia is set to hit a population of 25 million next week, much earlier than the Government had predicted with one 2002 forecast saying Australia would not reach the 25 million mark until 2042.
Senator Bernardi has told 2GB's Steve Price, this figure excludes long-term migrants such as student visa holders who the government insists are essential for our economic growth but are simply gaming the migration and visa system.
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