Coali­tion to re­veal its pop­u­la­tion blue­print

Sunday Tasmanian - - NEWS -

THE Fed­eral Govern­ment will un­veil a “four-point blue­print” this week to tackle the boom­ing pop­u­la­tion in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne.

Ci­ties Min­is­ter Alan Tudge will de­liver a land­mark speech to the Men­zies Re­search Cen­tre on Tues­day that is ex­pected to out­line the Govern­ment’s plan for pop­u­la­tion, with im­mi­gra­tion firm­ing as a key elec­tion is­sue.

Sources say the speech will be a pitch to vot­ers to drive mi­grants away from Syd­ney and Mel­bourne into smaller cap­i­tal ci­ties and re­gional ar­eas, in­clud­ing Tas­ma­nia. Mr Tudge con­firmed the Coali­tion’s plan would fo­cus on “build­ing the re­gions and de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion”.

The Govern­ment is also ex­pected to force new mi­grants to live out­side Syd­ney and Mel­bourne for up to five years.

Mean­while, La­bor leader Bill Shorten called on Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son to take a bi­par­ti­san ap­proach to pop­u­la­tion pol­icy by cre­at­ing an in­de­pen­dent task­force. Mr Mor­ri­son hit back at the pro­posal, call­ing it a “stunt”.

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