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Kelvin Thomson: Melbourne Planning Debacle

A report released by the Federal Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics underlines just how inadequate and incompetent Melbourne’s recent planning has been.

The report analysed population growth, jobs growth and commuter flows in Australia’s four largest cities. It found:

1) Melbourne was the only city in which jobs growth in the outer suburbs had failed to keep pace with the population boom. Parts of outer Melbourne now have less than one job for every three working people, forcing residents to commute further for employment.

2) Eighty-four per cent of outer Melbournians drive to work, the highest level among Australia’s biggest cities, and just 9% use public transport.

Prioritise Australia's unemployed ahead of immigrants for unskilled jobs

Why is it that Australia's unemployed number 611,000 in March 2010 just gone, while thousands of unskilled jobs are being filled by new immigrants? Invariably, taxis in the capitals cities are driven by new migrants and how many taxis do we have?

Skilled migrants causing problems

Skilled migrant workers from non-English speaking countries are adding to the problem they were meant to assist

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