Albo drowns Australians with immigration tsunami


Going into last year’s federal election, Anthony Albanese gave voters the impression that Labor would run a more restrictive immigration policy if they were elected:

“His “train locals first” push comes a month after the Labor leader refused to back the government’s plan to bring permanent migration back to 160,000 a year”, The Australian reported in January 2022.

Albo immigration pledge

As soon as Labor won the election, it spun a narrative that the previous Coalition government had created a “one million visa backlog” that needed to be “fixed”:

Labor advertisement on visa 'backlog'

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About the author
Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.