NOTED demographer and social commentator, Bernard Salt, shall be addressing a meeting of resource industry employers on the Gold Coast later this week to discuss the issue of “a big Australia”.

Mr Salt’s analysis follows hot on the heels of the Federal Government’s recent Budget announcement of a significant increase in Australia’s skilled migration intake coupled with the release of its Sustainable Population Strategy.

AMMA Director of Migration Services, Geoff Bull, said he welcomed debate and discussion of the relative merits and pitfalls of the Government’s skilled migration strategy given the resource industry had successfully appeared to pressure the Government into increasing the skilled migration intake.

“The increase in the level of skilled migration places to 125,850 over the coming financial year is a welcome “first-step” in addressing the skills gap facing resource industry employers across the nation,” Mr Bull said.

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