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Post time 2010-4-8 04:10:15 |Display all floors
*you kno where i pimp this article from wherelse...just cant believe history repeats itself allover again this time  

AUSTRALIA'S first population minister will explore whether immigration rules can be used to dictate where new migrants live and work.

Tony Burke said it was "not in the national interest" for newcomers to settle in areas where they put extra pressure on infrastructure and jobs when rural and regional employers were crying out for workers.

Mr Burke, who has been tasked with tackling the nation's population disparities, said he believed Australia could better target its immigration policies, The Courier-Mail reports.

"There is probably more that we can do than we've done in the past in the immigration program in saying, 'If you're coming to Australia there are parts of Australia where we need you to get your first job,' " he said.

His comments come as the debate over population and immigration heats up, with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd saying earlier this year he believed in "a big Australia".

A Lowy Institute poll out today shows that while almost three-quarters of those surveyed support a bigger Australia, 69 per cent do not believe the nation should swell to 36 million by 2050.

Institute executive director Michael Wesley said: "The poll shows Australians are comfortable with some increase in population size, but are not in full support of the 36 million projected in the Government's Intergenerational Report."

Mr Burke told 2GB radio yesterday 36 million was a projection, not government policy.

"There'll be some parts of the country that can take more people, and it is in our economic interests in those parts of the country to be able to let those businesses get the workers they need," he said.

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Post time 2010-4-8 05:06:23 |Display all floors

What's the point youkno-twat ?

If we all think alike, ... then nobody is thinking.

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