Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is considering ideas to push more immigrants to regional areas to deal with the rapid growth in the metropolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne.
Mr. Morrison told Fairfax Media that the priority will be to encourage immigrants to go to parts of the country that need growth.
"Smaller capitals like Adelaide, Hobart, and even Perth, want more people." But in Sydney and Melbourne they do not. I understand, "he said in an interview with the newspaper.
Alan Tudge, in his previous position as Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship, proposed the idea of requiring migrants to establish themselves in regional areas, although the practical aspects of how to achieve it were not addressed.
Currently, permanent migrants have freedom of movement to establish themselves in the place of their choice.
One idea raised in the debate on population and immigration is to encourage migrants by using a point system to speed up temporary workers who choose to settle in areas other than Sydney and Melbourne.
Mr. Morrison also said that there could be merit in slowing the flow of international students to the universities of Melbourne and Sydney.
"There are no arguments for this in Adelaide, there are no arguments for it in Perth, there are no arguments for it in Hobart or in James Cook University. [in Queensland]," he said.
"But there could be a case in Melbourne or the University of New South Wales or UTS (University of Technology, Sydney)," he said.
With an honors degree in applied economic geography from UNSW, Mr. Morrison has had portfolios on issues of immigration, population and productivity.
Debate driven by the population's milestone
The debate over population and congestion deepened last month when the Australian Bureau of Statistics clock reached the milestone of 25 million people.
The demographers said that the growth rate according to world standards has been "relatively fast".
Australia's population grew by 1.6 percent during 2017, with more than 50 percent of that growth concentrated in Sydney and Melbourne.
Greater Sydney added 102,000 people to its population in the year through June 2017, with 85,000 migrants among that number.
In Melbourne, 80,000 migrants contributed 125,000 new residents.
In the reorganization of the cabinet after the federal spill of liberal leaders, Mr. Morrison gave Alan Tudge the task of "avoiding congestion" as Minister of Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population.
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During his visit to the regional city of NSW in Albury on Thursday, Morrison said he wanted to be "a prime minister for the Australian region."
"I do want to be the Prime Minister of regional Australia, although I am a boy from the suburbs of Sydney.
"I'm also passionate about things that go far beyond the cities."
Speaking to Fairfax Media after his speech, he said he wanted a serious, not superficial, debate about the population.
"The growth of the population has many different components, if it is represented as 10 additional people who get on the bus, a little more than four have temporary visas, about four are born here and two have permanent visas," he said.
"The question of the population in Cairns is different from the population issue in Penrith, which is different from Adelaide."
Migration was established to boost the economy by $ 1.6 billion in 2050
David Coleman said building on Australia's success as an immigration nation would be a key priority in his new role as Minister of Immigration.
"As the Morrison government focuses on building the prosperity of Australia, one of my goals as a minister will be to continue to advocate for the right policies to ensure that our nation continues to build on our history of immigration success," he said. Friday.
"Every day I remember how immigration has shaped our society, in addition to contributing to our skills and our culture."
In the 2017-18 program year, Australia accepted more than 160,000 migrants, about 70 percent of whom were qualified immigrants.
Figures published by the government show that migrant business owners employ more than 1.4 million people.
The migration is expected to contribute $ 1.6 trillion to the Australian economy by 2050.
Push to lift the employer-sponsored migration restriction
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been pushing the federal government to allow regional employers to sponsor qualified migrants from a broader list of occupations.
"Solid long-term settlement results in the regions come from supporting employment growth and enabling companies to obtain the skills they need," said group CEO James Pearson.
"We need to support industries, such as those that offer regional tourism services, to create more economic opportunities and skilled jobs for Australians, supplemented by migration when necessary."
Pearson urged the government to reconsider its employer-sponsored permanent and temporary migration restriction in the past 18 months.
He said that the debate on congestion in Sydney and Melbourne was more about the provision of infrastructure than of migration.
"We need a well-managed migration program to help our economy adapt and grow," he said.