Government outlines population plan, cuts migration
March 22, 2019
The Federal Government will reduce the nation’s migration cap by 15%, from 190,000 to 160,000 places, as it introduces a plan that it claims will tackle population pressures and ‘back smaller cities and regions’.
The government outlined a $75 billion funding package in road, rail and ai infrastructure, including a $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund.
“Australia has thrived from a steady population growth and is the most successful immigration nation in the world and our plan will ensure our country continues to lead the way. But over the last two decades, the infrastructure and services have not kept pace, causing congestion on our roads and public transport,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.
The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) welcomed the announcement, saying that it delivers clarity for the country’s future population.
“Planning for population change and, in particular, finding the right balance between population growth in metropolitan and regional Australia is of vital interest to Local Government”, said the President of ALGA Mayor David O’Loughlin.
“For several years ALGA has been calling for a population strategy which takes account of community needs and capacities and which can also guide investment in infrastructure and services through matched funding commitments.”