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Ruddock pledges support for government on increased immigration levels



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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

OFFICE OF PHILIP RUDDOCK. M.P. m e m b e r f o r d u n d a s

SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS

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PRESS STATEMENT BY PHILIP RUDDOCK SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS

"RUDDOCK PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR GOVERNMENT ON INCREASED IMMIGRATION LEVELS

The Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Philip Ruddock, has pledged the Opposition's support for any Government initiatives to promote the positive outcomes of increased immigration levels. '

Speaking in Adelaide, Mr Ruddock said he shared the concern of the Minister, Mr Hurford, at Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs survey results which show the majority of the community opposed to any increase in migration levels.

"To a large extent this view is based on the perception that migrants take the jobs of Australians. While this is an understandable reaction, it is one taken in ignorance of all the facts.

"The most recently published Report on this issue, tjie CEDA Report on the Economic Effects of Immigration on Australia, asserts that this view cannot be substantiated.

"The Report says that such a view ignores the employment generating affects of increased migration levels, with newly arrived migrants demonstrating an above average demand for goods and services.

"Not only has migration made a significant contribution to our cultural and social way of life but it is evident that it has and can continue to make a major impact on our economy.

Mr Ruddock said the CEDA Report demonstrated that Australia has the capacity to increase its migration levels to a far greater extent.

"While the Opposition supports such a policy, we are not advocating an 'open door' policy. It is important that carefully considered selection criteria continue to operate.

"Naturally any increases should also be made with a sensitivity to community acceptance however a distinction has to be drawn . between this and the narrow self interest practised by the Trade Union Movement.

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10 July 1985