Most now think migrant intake should be lower

June 20, 2018

A poll of foreign policy attitudes has found for the first time a majority of Australians oppose the current rate of immigration.

Conservative Party policy calls for a halving of our immigration rate along with radical reform of the visa system.

The Australian reports, in 2018, 54 per cent of Australians said “the total number of migrants coming to Australia each year is too high” — which is up 14 points since last year and 17 points since 2014.

Debate over Australia’s immigration rate was rekindled earlier this year when The Australian reported Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton had canvassed with colleagues changes to the intake.

Mr Dutton said yesterday that Labor was “no longer an advocate for middle Australia” after the Opposition declined to support a motion proposed by Conservatives leader senator Cory Bernardi.

The motion noted the comments of NSW Labor leader Luke Foley in “highlighting the problems arising in Sydney from recent immigration trends”.

It also called on the government to review the migrant intake and to ensure it operated in the economic, social and security interests of Australians.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told Andrew Bolt on Sky News on top of the cut to immigration numbers wholesale reforms also need to be made to Australia’s rorted visa system.

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