Bill Shorten calls on the Australian Prime Minister to unite on immigration

Bill Shorten calls on the Australian Prime Minister to unite on immigration

Bill Shorten calls on the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for a joint-party population plan to tackle future immigration rates. Higher immigration raises concerns of infrastructure shortfalls and quality-of-life for Australians.

The Australian quotes the Labor Party Leader as saying that population growth is among the great policy challenges that the country is facing. He suggested that he could support the settlement plan that would redistribute the growing population away from congested cities. Sydney and Melbourne are facing problems with congestion due to the rising population. Mr. Shorten suggested a bipartisan task force to draft a new settlement plan.

Australia’s population crossed the 25 million mark in July this year, almost two decades ahead of what was forecasted. Hence it is an important issue which needs to be addressed by the Govt. of Australia.

Mr. Shorten suggested that the independent taskforce could be established under the Australian Treasury. Both parties would then need to agree on annual immigration rates and keep the issuance of temporary work visas under scrutiny. They would also need to look into the infrastructure needs and the delivery of health and education services.

The Turnbull Govt. is close to finalizing a population policy in response to increasing urban congestion. The policy would set certain conditions for skilled immigrants to settle in the regional areas of Australia for a minimum of 5 years. 90% of the immigrant population tends to settle in Sydney and Melbourne which is not sustainable in the long run.

Mr. Morrison has not supported cutting down skilled immigration to Australia as that would have a significant economic cost. The Skilled Immigration Program adds 1% to the Australian GDP every year, a report by the Treasury and the Dept. of Home Affairs revealed.

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