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Labor leader calls for a cut to immigration

Steve Price

The NSW opposition leader is calling for a cut to Australia’s immigration intake, to help ease congestion in our major cities.

Luke Foley says Sydney and Melbourne are at breaking point, with infrastructure failing to keep up with population growth.

Australia’s migrant intake tripled between 2004 and 2008, from 100,000 people to 300,000.

Mr Foley tells Steve Price it’s simply not sustainable.

“This should not be a debate about where our migrants come from, but how many we take.

“The challenge we face at the moment is the capacity of our largest cities to absorb the very large number of migrants that are coming in.

“This figure is only set by the Commonwealth, who don’t bare the responsibility of having to pay for the infrastructure.

“I wouldn’t put a freeze on Steve, but I do think there needs to be a number set in consultation with all of the states and territories.

“Frankly these people are out of touch with what’s happening in Sydney and Melbourne.”

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