Australian Immigration Looks To Cull Migrant Numbers
For decades Australia has welcomed migrants from across the globe and especially from Great Briton, but all that is set to changes in sweeping changes planned to cut migrants numbers dramatically. As Australia politicians fear a backlash from Australians feeling overwhelmed by migrants numbers in their towns and cities.
In August 2018 Australia reached 25 million in population which they were not expecting to reach until 2042. This may not seem a lot to those who are not Australian, however, to Australians this is a direct threat to their way of life. Australian enjoy the worlds largest homes per-capita, while their roads are mainly congestion free and public service are readily available to all. This is now at risk in key cities and towns according to some due to migrant numbers.
As Australian politicians prepare to go to the Ballot Box in 2019 for Australia's next General Election they are laying out their pledges to cull migrant numbers before the vote. As with many other countries being tough on immigration is a vote winner and they are determined to deliver reductions to secure the floating voter.
News Report On The Planned Changes
The debate Rages on...
What Does The Prime Minster Say
Scott Morrison is backing his "fair dinkum process" to lower the immigration cap in next year's federal budget.
The prime minister has signalled he is planning to cut the annual permanent migration intake by 30,000 places.
"What I announced the other night was a fair dinkum process to actually get the actual level right," Mr Morrison told 2GB radio on Wednesday.
"I do my homework before I make decisions.
"This year's migration program is already set and we'll have to make a decision in next year's budget."
Australia's annual immigration cap stands at 190,000 but only about 162,000 permanent visas were approved last year.
The government is reportedly in line for a similar figure this year.
Immigration Minister David Coleman said the idea to cut migrant numbers made "absolute sense" to prevent more overcrowding in Sydney and Melbourne.
But Mr Coleman said any changes proposed by the government would take into account the need for skilled migrants and the economic benefit they brought.
"At the end of the day, immigration is a recruitment exercise for the country," he told Sky News.
He appeared to flag cuts to the temporary migration program, but not the student intake which formed the biggest part of that scheme.
Population Minister Alan Tudge said migration had been important to Australia's success but the future of Sydney and Melbourne needed to be taken into consideration.
"They are very fast-growing cities, infrastructure hasn't been keeping up and we just need to ease back on that while allowing more people to go to other parts of Australia," Mr Tudge told the Nine Network on Wednesday.
Labor's immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann has called the government's idea a "cheap trick" designed to get a headline.
"(Mr Morrison) locked in Australia's annual permanent migration intake at 190,000 during his time as immigration minister and then as treasurer," Mr Neumann said.
"If he was wrong about that, he should explain why he was wrong."
The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia has criticised the government's idea as "divisive".
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Migrant Number Set to Reduce
Name: Planned Cuts To Immigration
Description: For Australians reaching 25 million in population came as quite a shock and one they blame on immigrant numbers. As Australia go into a General Election in 2019 politicians are now committed to reducing immigration in hope of securing favor with the majority of Australian voters.