Morrison flags cutting migration over population concerns

November 22, 2018

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged cutting migration as part of his government’s long-telegraphed overhaul of population policy - a step in the direction of Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi who has advocating for - halving of Australia's immigration rate.

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The Guardian reports, the PM signalled a reduction in the current cap, which he suggested would be the inevitable consequence of the states playing a more proactive role in determining future capacity.

Migration levels are already almost 30,000 a year below the current cap. Australia accepted 162,417 permanent migrants in the past year, a decrease of more than 10% on the previous year and the lowest level in a decade.

The prime minister said the number would be lower in the next 12 months as a consequence of the adjustments. Population growth was essential for economic success, he said, but voters in Australia’s biggest cities “are concerned about population”.

“They are saying: enough, enough, enough. The roads are clogged, the buses and trains are full. The schools are taking no more enrolments.

“I hear what you are saying. I hear you loud and clear. That’s why we need to improve how we manage population growth in this country.”

Senator Bernardi had told Paul Murray Live on Sky News the argument that high immigration levels are essential for economic success just doesn't make sense.

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