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‘Bursting at the seams’: States given more say over migration intake

States and territories will have more power in determining Australia’s migration intake.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is considering reducing the annual cap by 30,000 to help ease congestion in major cities like Sydney and Melbourne.

In a speech yesterday, Mr Morrison said the public’s had “enough”.

“The roads are clogged, the buses and trains are full. The schools are taking no more enrolments. I hear what you are saying.”

The states will meet with the PM next month, where they’ll discuss population strategies.

Federal Population Minister Alan Tudge says the challenge is some states want to reduce their intake, while others don’t.

“Nearly all the migration growth is going into Sydney and Melbourne,” he tells Ray Hadley.

“They’re growing very fast, they’re bursting at the seams.

“We’re saying, ‘Let’s listen to what the state governments have got to say’. What’s their carrying capacity from a population growth perspective and we’ll try to meet that population forecast rather than us just setting a top-down level.”

Minister Tudge expects the “new process will see a drop in migration intake”.

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