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Scott Morrison plans to cut immigration amid population concerns

Samantha Menzies
Senior editor – Finance
Scott Morrison plans to cut immigration. Source: AAP

Scott Morrison is considering cutting immigration numbers by up to 30,000 to prevent over-crowding in Australia’s biggest cities.

“The roads are clogged, the buses and trains are full. The schools are taking no more enrolments. I hear what you are saying. I hear you loud and clear,” he said at the Bradfield Oration in Sydney last night.

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“We need a more targeted and tailored approach to conversations about population.

“We have become, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, a victim of our success.”

Population Minister Alan Tudge said the government would ask states and territories how many people can fit in their cities, AAP said.

“It’s not a one-size fits all,” Mr Tudge told ABC TV on Tuesday.

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“We want to support the aspirations and the capacity of each of those states to grow so we can support the growth in some of the smaller states.

“But we might ease the pressure on the growth in Melbourne and Sydney, who are really struggling with the very rapid growth, most of which is driven by migration.”