The fact that Australia’s population is now 800,000 above earlier projections is due to big business demanding a huge influx of business and skilled immigrants to match the mining boom in recent years Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
“We will not get a sustainable population if government bends to big business demands like that,” Senator Brown said.
“We should be skilling our own workers to meet demand.
“Now that Julia Gillard has backed down to mining interests there will be billions less in tax revenues to do that.
“The consequence will be yet more demand for further immigration.
“For every boat person, a hundreds of wealthy immigrants have come to Australia.
“Labor has a lot to explain,” Senator Brown.