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Premier insists immigration isn’t causing Sydney’s congestion crisis

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian insists the country’s immigration numbers are “about right” and won’t stop her from fixing Sydney’s congestion crisis.

Ms Berejiklian has asked voters to give her 18 months to get the problem under control, saying “there’ll be a tipping point”.

Those hopes are pinned on the completion of several major infrastructure projects, including the Sydney light rail and the second stage of WestConnex.

Ray Hadley challenged the Premier on her promise, pointing out current immigration numbers will take the state back to square one.

The Premier acknowledged infrastructure is lagging behind population growth but says our current intake is “about right”.

“I’ve said to the Prime Minister that I think the states should be involved in having a conversation around population policy.

“I’ve said that I think the current numbers are about right, but having said that, I also agree the states need to be more in control of what’s going on. It has to be done in a planned way.

“I certainly don’t want to see the numbers go up.

“Having said that, we need to have certainty into the future so we can plan.”

The Premier admits “there’s not going to be a miracle overnight” but the government’s been working on congestion for “a number of years”.

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