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Labor immigration spokesperson Senator Kristina Keneally. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Do we need to cut Australia’s immigration, even if that hurts the economy?

The coronavirus crisis has again raised the question of Australia's reliance on immigration. We ask our commentators whether immigration should be substantially cut, even if it hurts the economy.

Acting Federal Minister for Immigration Alan Tudge (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Phone ban push gives Border Force new powers, treats detainees as criminals

Immigration detention centres are not prisons. Or at least, that's how it's meant to be in theory.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Neoliberals urge policymakers to take the road to Beijing — putting profits first and national security aside

For neoliberals and big business, sovereignty should be a distant second to maximising economic growth. That's why they're backing China rather than Australia.

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Closed borders and dwindling migration spell an uncertain future for Australian horticulture

Solving the horticulture industry's reliance on foreign and undocumented workers will require a lot more than just tightening the borders.

Labor Senator Kristina Keneally (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Temporary migration curb will terrify neoliberals and place new strains on old-school politics

The coming debate over the resumption of migration will pit unusual allies against each other.

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Wage growth bubble in the making as IT, hospitality and health at risk from border shut down

Key sectors that rely on temporary workers will have to look locally for staff while border restrictions persist.

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After the virus, what will drive our economy and jobs?

In a world with lower growth and less immigration, Australia's traditional sources of growth won't be able to stimulate jobs growth. What will take their place?

Asylum seekers Priya and Nades and their Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharunicaa (Image: Rebekah Holt)

Enough is enough: the saga of the Biloela Four must end

There is no conscience in our treatment of these people. It is passionless, gruesome officiousness, grinding them to dust in the name of the rule of a law that is bad.

NAB Chairman and former Head of Treasury Dr Ken Henry (Image: AAP/Erik Anderson)

Why cutting population will hit the Australian economy hard

Australia has relied on a migrant population to propel the economy, but it's going to be hard to get it growing again.

Global COVID-19 cases hit 2 million…

Global COVID-19 cases have doubled in a fortnight to pass the 2 million mark and Chief Minister Michael Gunner will today announce a $20 million package aimed at “plugging gaps” in the federal JobKeeper program.