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Poll backs Greens call on skilled jobs

Media Release
Bob Brown 14 Apr 2010

Today's Australian National University poll shows public sympathy for
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown's call to slow down the rate of
skilled migration, with more training of workers here in Australia to
meet demand from business and industry.

"Australia should be investing in training its own skilled workers and
exporting more to other countries. It is not fair for us to be taking
skilled workers from poorer countries. Skilled workers help raise
standards of living and so lower population growth in their own
countries," Senator Brown said.

"The Greens are calling for an increase in our humanitarian and refugee
intake in line with our global responsibilities. However, in order to
slow Australia's rapid population growth rate the Greens believe the
current high rate of skilled migration should be reduced." Senator Brown

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