One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson. Kate Czerny

Pauline Hanson calls for slow down on migration

ONE Nation Party leader Pauline Hanson has weighed in on former immigration minister Philip Ruddock's call for an immediate cut to Australia's migration program as the job market worsens.

In a speech Mr Ruddock made in 2000, official projections suggested that Australia's population would reach about 24 million by 2050.

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the country will reach this figure by the end of 2017.

Ms Hanson said the "accelerated increase" in migration to Australia had put a significant strain on our welfare system.

"Programs such as Family Reunion have not only burdened our welfare system, but put a squeeze on hospitals, education, infrastructure and nursing homes," Ms Hanson said.


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