Moving migrants to regions only OK if they are good for Australia

June 08, 2018

With Sydney and Melbourne overflowing the federal government wants to force new arrivals to live in regional areas and smaller capital cities like Adelaide and Hobart - a move which has received qualified support from the Conservative Party.

Federal Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge is drafting new visa rules which will require some new migrants to Australia will be obliged to live in rural or regional towns and cities.

Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi said, "We need to make sure our mix of migrants is right. We've always said that migration should act in Australia's national economic and social interests and right now I don't believe that the mix of migration is right. The numbers are too high and the quality of the migrants that are coming here is not always contributing to make Australian stronger and bigger".

Channel 7's Today Tonight reports, for the first time, the South Australian capital city of Adelaide will be classified as a regional town and Senator Cory Bernardi thinks as long as the migrants integrate with and contribute to our society that's a good idea - but migrant quality isn't up to scratch at the moment.

Picture: Federal Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge

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