Federal Labor meets WA Community Leaders about Immigration

02 August 2018

Shayne Neumann MP, Matt Keogh MP

Migrant communities, State MPs and immigration advocacy organisations have had their say about the problems with immigration under the Turnbull Government at a listening tour in Perth hosted by Federal Member for Burt Matt Keogh MP.

Mr Keogh welcomed Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Hon. Shayne Neumann MP to Perth last week to talk to Western Australian community leaders about their migration experiences and dealing with the now-Department of Home Affairs.

Migrant community leaders raised concerns about the Turnbull Governments broken promises over a temporary sponsored parent visa and a community sponsored program, their botched skilled migration policy, and their snobbish attempt to change citizenship laws.

Migrant communities have been vocal about their disappointment over the failures of the Turnbull Government to deliver for them and Labor can understand how migrant communities feel misled by the Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton.

All Australians and newly arrived migrants have an equal stake in the ongoing success and prosperity of the country we all call home.

Unlike the Turnbull Government, Labor is committed to genuine consultation on recently announced immigration measures and Im grateful to have met with community leaders in Perth who spoke with Matt and I about their experiences, Mr Neumann said.

Migrants are part of what makes our community of Burt such a great place to live. I am very proud of the wide-ranging work our local community groups are doing to welcome people to the South-East, said Mr Keogh.

My office has been inundated with concerns from the community about proposed changes to citizenship and lengthened waiting times by the Turnbull Government.

Labor believes in community consultation and I encourage anyone in my electorate to get in touch with my office to further discuss these important issues. Unlike the Turnbull Government, Labor is here to listen, said Mr Keogh.