Can Migration Cuts Really Ease Congestion?
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he’s considering cutting back Australia’s migration intake. While he acknowledged that immigration is integral to the growth of our economy, the PM expressed concern about growing congestion in our major cities where transport services and school enrollments are under strain.
But are migration cuts the answer to our congestion issues?
Talking to The Wire’s Annie Lee, Dr Laurence Troy, Research Fellow for City Futures Research Centre at UNSW, believes our biggest problem is lack of proper infrastructure, and Dr Cameron Gordon for urban public transport and economics at the University of Canberra says that while we need better infrastructure and while having more migration will rise the cost of infrastructure, in turn, migrants who work and contribute to the economy would help pay for it.