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  • Mr Smith cited the immigration legacy of Australian gold rush towns like Bendigo. Picture: Gary Ramage.


  • The Australian
  • 1:37PM August 4, 2016

Shell Australia chairman Andrew Smith has called for greater levels of immigration to bolster population growth, saying industry has failed to advocate for immigration policy that will help the economy.

“Often-hysterical debate has surrounded Australian immigration in the new millennium,” Mr Smith told a Melbourne Mining Club lunch.

“(There has been a) failure of industry to advocate for an immigration program that will provide economic stimulus to a sluggish economy.”

He stressed he was not calling for more or fewer 457 working visas, but population growth in the regions.

“Industry leaders need to both advocate for a balanced mix of skilled and humanitarian migration, then back up our advocacy with meaningful decisions that contribute to legacy,” he said.

“It is only through population growth that economic diversity will be delivered, unlocking the potential of Australia’s north.”

Mr Smith cited the immigration legacy of Australian gold rush towns like Bendigo, saying the challenge was to realise the same potential in towns like Broome and Gladstone.

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