Big business and other vested interests who want to see Australia continue on its path of rapid population growth won’t like it.
Counterintuitively, neither will the Greens. Despite their supposed concerns over Australia’s environment and emission reductions, the Greens are some of the strongest supporters of increasing Australia’s migration intake.
Fortunately, Scott Morrison is beginning to see the light of day on the issue. He is now considering cutting immigration numbers in order to avoid overflow in Australia’s largest cities.
Morrison supports cutting immigration numbers
Morrison says community sentiment were in support of slashing numbers in Melbourne and Sydney.
The Prime Minister said in Sydney at the Bradfield Lecture on Monday night:
‘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.
‘We have become, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, a victim of our success.
‘The Sydney story on population is not just a migration story. It’s also a quality of life story.’
Changes could see Australia’s current immigration cap of 190,000 be slashed to 30,000.
Can Australia handle more migrants?
According to AAP, the Prime Minister has asked territory and state leaders to bring their population plans to be reviewed in December at the next Council of Australian Governments meeting.
Population Minister, Alan Tudge said that the territories and states will be asked by government the amount of people able to fit in their cities.
Mr Tudge predicts that Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory will want more migrants.
He said on ABC TV this Tuesday ‘It’s not a one-size fits all’.
‘We want to support the aspirations and the capacity of each of those states to grow so we can support the growth in some of the smaller states.
‘But we might ease the pressure on the growth in Melbourne and Sydney, who are really struggling with the very rapid growth, most of which is driven by migration.’
But Chris Pyne, Leader of the House had said yesterday that polls shouldn’t be able to decide population policy.
He told Sky News:
‘We don’t need to put a handbrake on population growth.
‘We need to manage our population growth sensibly in a country which quite frankly can take a lot more than 25 million people.’
So if we don’t need to put a hard cap on immigration numbers, then how many more should we take in Mr Pyne? If Australia can handle a lot more than 25 million, should we let in 100 million?
Australia is already struggling with infrastructure and housing the 25 million that reside here, so really it’s not a question of how many we can take, but more how many we should take.
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