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Question Without Notice No. 495 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 May 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 15 May 2019

MIGRATION — FEDERAL LABOR POLICY

495. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Treasurer:

I refer to the recent election campaign announcement of federal Labor's family visa program.

(1) Has the Treasury conducted any analysis similar to the New South Wales state government that would indicate how many additional aged migrants would arrive from overseas?

(2) If yes to (1), how many?

(3) If no to (1), why not?

(4) Does the government concede that hospitals, infrastructure and services in Perth are already overloaded, as recently demonstrated by hospital bed overcrowding issues, including patients dying waiting for a bed, ambulance ramping and road congestion, all of which will only get much worse under this policy?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) No.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) Treasury works with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to prepare and update forecasts of population growth to inform budget and planning decision-making. It does not separately analyse the impact of federal election announcements.

(4) No.