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The ACTU, United Voice and the Australian Industry Group are set to join forces in a historic compact backing current migration figures in the face of far-right political factions calling for numbers to be cut.

The Australian ($) reports that the two dominant, often antithetical allies of the major parties — unions and big business — will today sign and release the joint “National Compact on Permanent Migration”, an unprecedented call to maintain the current goal of 190,000 migrants per year and for long-term figures to be set proportionally to the Australian population.