Coalition to reveal its population blueprint
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”.