Migration cuts won’t harm economy: PM

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 21-Mar-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has downplayed concerns that a new cap on Australia’s permanent migrant intake will have an impact on economic growth. Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott and Australia Industry Group CEO Innes Willox are among the business leaders who have warned that cutting the migrant intake could impact on the economy. Morrison argues that the larger cut advocated by some cabinet ministers would have had an effect on economic growth.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, ONE NATION PARTY

PM rolls out rail, migrant strategy

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 20-Mar-19

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the federal government’s revised migrant intake is aimed at easing congestion in major cities. The nation’s permanent migrant intake will be capped at 160,000 a year, although some cabinet ministers had favoured reducing it to 155,000. Some 23,000 skilled migrants will also be required to live in regional areas for three years before qualifying for permanent residency. Meanwhile, the April 2019 Budget is expected to include funding for three proposed fast-rail projects in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, MIGRATION COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

Senator bills for rally trip, admits he’s doomed

Original article by Ben Packham, Richard Ferguson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 7-Jan-19

Independent senator Fraser ­Anning has defended his taxpayer-funded trip to attend an anti-immigration rally in Melbourne. Fraser says the trip was official parliamentary business, as the violent crimes committed by people of African appearance in Melbourne are now being replicated in his home state of Queensland. However, Anning concedes that he has little chance of retaining his seat at the next election. Both sides of politics have condemned the racially-motivated rally at St Kilda beach, while some federal MPs have criticised Anning for attending the event.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, ONE NATION PARTY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Labor open to backing lower migrant intake

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 4 : 21-Nov-18

Deputy Opposition leader Tanya Plibersek has indicated that Labor is prepared to consider the federal government’s proposal to reduce Australia’s overall migrant intake and give the states more input into the issue of immigration. However, she has criticised a proposal by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to reduce the annual cap on permanent migrants by up to 30,000. Cities Minister Alan Tudge has conceded that government revenue would be affected by any reduction in the migrant intake.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS

Canberra still to control overall overseas intake, says Morrison

Original article by Andrew Tillett, John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 13-Nov-18

The federal government will seek greater input from the states on the immigration rate, based on what they feel is their "carrying capacity" in terms of the infrastructure and services they can provide. However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the federal government will always be responsible for setting overall migrant numbers, and that it is not something it will be "contracting out" to the states. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has welcomed plans for the states to have more input on migrant numbers, saying it is "playing catch-up" on the infrastructure that is needed because of recent population growth.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, NEW SOUTH WALES. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET

PM push for states to set migrant rate

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 12-Nov-18

The federal government is understood to be planning major changes to immigration policy that would see the states and territories assume responsibility for determining permanent migrant numbers. Such a change would help address a major problem with current population policy, namely that while the states and territories are in charge of infrastructure issues like schools and roads, the federal government controls immigration, one of the major "levers" of population.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Regions plan a thought bubble: ALP

Original article by Rachel Baxendale
The Australian – Page: 2 : 10-Oct-18

Labor has criticised the federal government’s proposal to ban some immigrants from settling in major capital cities for up to five years. Shadow workplace relations minister Brendan O’Connor has described it as a "thought bubble", arguing that the government’s priority should be to take action on the issue of temporary work visa holders. He notes that 1.6 million people are now on such visas, while 1.8 million Australians are unemployed or underemployed and looking for more work.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Anning’s speech unites Parliament

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 16-Aug-18

The maiden speech of senator Fraser Anning has been widely denounced by fellow parliamentarians, particularly his call to ban Muslims from migrating to Australia and his use of the phase "final solution" with regard to immigration policy. The Katter’s Australian Party senator has refused to apologise for his comments, stating that he was exercising his right to free speech. Party leader Bob Katter has praised Anning’s speech, describing it as "solid gold", but One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says his remarks were "appalling".

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KATTER’S AUSTRALIAN PARTY, ONE NATION PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS

Tough vetting cuts migrants

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 13-Jul-18

Australia’s permanent migrant intake fell by over 21,000 to just 162,417 in 2017-18, according to the Department of Home Affairs. The decline has been attributed to more stringent vetting measures imposed by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, with the annual migrant intake falling to its lowest since 2007-08. Dutton says he wants Australia’s migrant intake to focus on quality and integrity, rather than on what he calls Labor’s "slavish drive for quantity".

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Let voters decide on migration: Hanson

Original article by Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 28-Jun-18

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson wants a plebiscite on the issue of immigration, arguing that the general public has had no input into Australia’s migrant intake. Hanson intends to introduce a bill when federal parliament resumes in August, and says any such plebiscite should be held in conjunction with the next election rather than via a postal ballot. Several Coalition MPs have called for a reduction in the annual migrant intake, including former prime minister Tony Abbott and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

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ONE NATION PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, LOWY INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL POLICY, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS