Mi­grant work plan re­jected

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

FED­ERAL min­is­ters have re­jected the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s plans to di­vert mi­grants to re­gional ar­eas, warn­ing there is not enough work for them.

Only months af­ter Scott Mor­ri­son said Rock­hamp­ton could host an­other 10,000 peo­ple, Re­sources Min­is­ter Matt Cana­van said huge in­vest­ment was needed be­fore the re­gion could cope with this in­flux.

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton also rub­bished the plan, which is be­ing drawn up as part of a re­quest from the Prime Min­is­ter, but be­ing de­scribed as “a lot of hype”.

Un­der the plan, skilled mi­grants and refugees would be sent to re­gions to help meet de­mand for work­ers.

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