Australian Labor Party will announce its immigration policy in the coming days. Labor candidate for Parramatta Andrew Charlton said the party shadow minister would announce the policy soon.
I think you will be very pleased,” said Mr Charlton, speaking to an audience in Parramatta on Sunday.
He said, “The policy is going to address issues related to families and what are we actually doing, not just talk about multiculturalism, but to make that into reality to support multiculturalism.”
Andrew Charlton, an economist who has worked with the former prime minister Kevin Rudd, said, “We do need to get more skills into this country, and one of the ways that we will be doing that is the way that we’ve always done. It’s by bringing talent in from the rest of the world to help build this nation.
Mr Charlton said multiculturalism and economics are bound together.
“That is how Australia has grown. That is how Australia has been such a successful country. We are one of the richest countries in the world in terms of per capita GDP, and that’s not by accident. That’s because we have been bringing talent from all around the world. Bringing it here and once it gets here, enabling that talent to flourish through multiculturalism through strong support for business, education, and communities. That’s the formula,” he explained.
Andrew Charlton said his plan for Parramatta would drive investment into the schools and hospitals, support businesses to create more secure and well-paying local jobs and extend opportunity to all.
“With the cost of everything going up, it’s getting harder for people to get ahead – no matter how hard they work. That’s why we have a plan to help take the pressure off by making child care cheaper, investing in local roads and infrastructure, and backing small businesses to create more secure well-paying jobs,” Mr Charlton said.
Before becoming Labor’s candidate for Parramatta, Andrew Charlton worked at the United Nations, the London School of Economics and Oxford University.
He went to work for the Labor Government in 2007, where he was Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s senior economics advisor.
While in Government, he was appointed Australia’s senior official to the G20 Leaders Summits and helped coordinate the Government’s response to the GFC – and the approach to climate change, where he represented the Prime Minister at the United Nations Climate Conference.