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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 277

Migrant worker programs

(Question No. 597)


Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, in writing, on 14 November 2014:

(1) Is Australia now running record high migrant worker programs, including the Skilled Migration program, growing from 125,755 places in 2011-12 to 128,973 places in 2012-13. (2) Is it a fact that the Skilled Migration program is now more than five times the size it was in 1995-96 when it had 24,100 workers.


Mr Pyne: The Minister for Employment has provided the following answer to the honourable Member's question:

(1) The figures quoted are an accurate reflection of the figures contained in the reports for 2011-12 and 2012-13. It is noted that the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd Governments were in office during this time.

(2) Yes. This reflects the growth over time in the Australian economy.