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”The annual figure this year [for skilled permanent migration] was, say, 115,000, but more than 500,000 came into the country. They came in as students, temporary workers, working holidaymakers … but the public still focuses on the 115,000 as if it’s got anything to do with reality and my attempts to have a more sophisticated debate about this have totally failed.”

Senator Evans said immigration should be the nation’s labour agency, meaning a continued high intake of migrants, especially younger, skilled workers.

But the desires of migrants – including overseas students who came in on temporary visas in order to gain permanent residency – should not be driving Australia’s immigration policy.