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India, 9 November 2018 -- The Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge has voiced a plan from the Morrison government to solve the population pressures of big Australian cities. The press release “THE CONGESTION CHALLENGE: MORE INFRASTRUCTURE AND STRONGER POPULATION PLANNING TO GET BETTER CITIES’.

The release outlined proposed plans that will highlight the reasons for congestion in Australia’s major cities by limiting the immigration intake to cities like Sydney or Melbourne. The big release covered “the most pressing challenges” for Australian big cities residents: congestion.”

“My overall message, and what I’m going to be outlining in a speech today is that we need to continue to build that infrastructure, ideally front of the population growth; second we need a better distribution of that population growth; and thirdly we actually need better planning so that we can more closely marry the growth with infrastructure expenditure,” Alan Tudge told the North Queensland Register.

The proposal has four parts, the first step is aimed at new migrants, forcing them to live outside of Sydney and Melbourne and Southeast Queensland. Till now, no specific visas have been outlines but it has been suggested that the visa will require migrants to live outside these major cities for up to five years.
Mr Tudge told ABC Radio that the government is trying to get a better distribution of migrants in all areas of Australia and not specifically the large cities. There should be an equal distribution of migrants between the regional areas and mainstream cities of Australia.

The implementation of the plan

Mr Tudge targeted the 4 part attack on the current major city congestion
Firstly, the focus is on a massive boost in infrastructure expenditure that has already been allotted with a record $75 billion for the next 10 years. Of this $75 billion investment is focused on building intra-city transport spines such as:

• Monash Freeway
• Tullamarine rail
• Westconnex
• Ipswich Motorway

Secondly, the focus is on addressing local congestion at “pinch points”. Mr Tudge highlighted that there are several roads that are not capable of handling the traffic.

In next year, Tudge hopes to have a well-planned process that will help in making local infrastructure decisions for the future.

Thirdly, there is an uneven distribution of the population in Australia. Therefore, to curb this, Mr Tudge is proposing directing new migrants to smaller areas of Australia. Thus, the key approach will be to match the skill shortages of the workers with the regional areas.

Though, the implementation of the plan is still dubious. Home Affairs could amend a current visa or create and invent new visa altogether.

Alan Tudge further says, “We are working on measures to have more new arrivals go to the smaller states and regions and require them to be there for at least a few years. In that time, the evidence suggests that many will make it their home for the long term.”

Journalists and other media persons though are questioning the morality and practicality of the limiting migrant's options for settlement. There are similar conditions for the skilled regional provisional visa holders to live in a regional area of Australia.

Mr Tudge further told ABC Radio that around 45 percent of the visas aren’t attached to a geographical location as such, and therefore there are those opportunities to provide those incentives and encouragements to reside elsewhere.

Why is Home Affairs proposing changes to increase regional migration?

1. Rapid Population Growth

The Australian population is increasing rapidly and Australia has already grown by 3.75 million people that are twice the number of the previous decade. The country is adding the size of Canberra every year and size of Adelaide every 3.5 years.
It is not only about Australia population in numbers but there has also been tremendous growth as well. The country has actually grown by 5 million.

Though, this massive increase in the population has caused many local problems. Almost 75 percent of the population growth has been to three largest population areas: Melbourne, Sydney and South East Queensland. The overall population of Australia has been growing at a rapid rate of 1.6 percent per annum.

The major cause of the over-population and congestion appears to be placed on Migration. It has been seen that the temporary migration has increased in the last decade to about 70,000 per year, whereas the average increase of migration was about 20,000 per year in the previous years.

Mr Tudge, “The main factor driving our growth has been net overseas migration, accounting for sixty per cent of population growth over the last decade.”

2. Insufficient Infrastructure for current and future population

The Australian cities are not equipped to manage the increasing population, this has also been admitted by Alan Tudge that there was an insufficient infrastructure built in the early 2000s, specifically in Melbourne and Sydney. Though the government expenditure on infrastructure has been increased in the last five years the population growth has lagged behind by a few years.

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics estimate the cost of congestion in Australia’s capital cities to be $25 billion a year in 2017/18 rising to $40 billion a year by 2030.

3. Economic Growth for smaller states

The congestion is a mismatch between the distribution of jobs and housing across some regions. The current overpopulation of the major cities is not only congesting the cities but also depriving the smaller cities of capable workers.
Mr Tudge says that some parts of regional Australia are in high need of skilled and qualified workers to support their economic growth.

Who will be affected by this policy?

There is no idea of who will be affected and who won’t be affected. Mr Tudge mentioned that it will not affect the 25 percent of the annual migration intake that is directly related to an employer sponsoring a person for a job where they can’t get an Australian worker. A further 30 percent is given to family reunion visa category.

There are currently 28,850 visas available for the 2019 state, territory and regional sponsored stream. As there are so many policy changes, we can say that the number of visas might get increased for the state, territory and regional sponsored stream.

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Submitted by kapoorplastics, Kapoor Plastics on Friday, 9 November 2018 at 4:45 PM
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