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Immigration needs to increase according to the new opposition leaders

November 2013, 11
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Bill Shorten

The new Australian Labor Party leader, Bill Shorten, publicly announced a need of increasing immigrants in Australia. Bill was appointed leader after the 10th October 2013 ballot and has been voicing his opinion of lower immigration standards. According to him, Australia is a mix of different immigrants that actually form its strength. He says:

'We (the party) should certainly be seen to be pro-immigration and pro increasing it; making sure people go to wherever it is sustainable for infrastructure and support. But we are an immigrant country and we shouldn't ever hide from our destiny'.

This announcement was made during a speech Shorten made as he debated with his opponent, Anthony Albanese. Despite knowing full well that many might oppose his statement, he stated that immigrants are “good for the Australian economy”and was full ready to receive hate mail.

He further defended immigrants by adding that Australia should take measures to ensure to make the immigration process easier and be open to all those seeking asylum in Australia. He justifies his statement by saying: 'there are a lot of refugees who might not only be the next Albert Einstein or a good taxpayer'.

Shorten was especially concerned about the Indonesian people that journey down to Australia seeking asylum each year. There are many deaths that go unnoticed.

According to the new leader, Australians should change the “us versus them” mentality as the discriminatory behavior would not work if the Labor party was going to protect the disadvantaged minorities. This comment was given as a response to Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan’s “class wars” events. Shorten boldly states: “We need to make it clear that we welcome people being successful.” A view not many other Australians share with him.  He further goes on to say: “We need to make it very clear that we are not class warriors of old.”

However, Albanese takes a little softer stance on the subject. According to him, immigration does need to be controlled--sometimes it needs to increase and other times decreased, depending on Australia’s situation. One thing is for sure, both candidates reached a consensus that former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, wouldn’t be interested in any future part of the shadow cabinet.

Shorten is highly optimistic as he goes on to say“I do believe the immigration levels can go up” Whether or not this might actually happen is a story only time can tell.



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