Immigration shake-up to target ‘best and brightest’ foreign workers

September 15, 2018

The federal government has heeded a call from Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi implementing a shake-up of the nation’s complex immigration systems.

The Daily Telegraph reports, the Home Affairs Department will comb through all 99 different visa categories to weed out those most likely to be abused by dole bludgers to ensure only the “best and brightest” are being lured to Australia.

Visas which tend to attract migrants who end up dependent on welfare will be in the firing line to be axed.

It comes after the government’s decision to axe 457 visas almost halved the number of foreign workers and has pushed the average salary up, in a sign that Australia is already beginning to sift out poorly skilled migrants.

Immigration Minister David Coleman is also expected to push ahead with plans to encourage migrants to live in regional areas to reduce population pressures in Sydney and Melbourne.

“It is our immigration program and it must reflect our choices. In particular, we need to look closely at ways of attracting the very best and brightest and filling employment gaps in regional areas,” he said.

Senator Bernardi told the Senate it is quality not quantity migration we need.

Senator Bernardi told Channel 7's Today Tonight he doesn't have a problem with regional migration - but the quality of the migrants is the key.

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