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Proposed new visa rules to keep migrants in regional Australia

On Perth Tonight Chris spoke with Citizenship Minister, Alan Tudge about new visa rules being considered by the federal Home Affairs office after approximately 7000 of 190,000 migrants settled in rural Australia last year.

Minister Tudge told Chris the proposed changes could help the regions.

“Throughout a lot of regional Western Australia there are places which are really suffering from skill shortages,” he said.

“We want to see when people are sponsored into those regions as permanent residents, that they do stay in those regions for at least two or three years so that they hopefully put down roots.”

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