Australia urged to take more refugees
Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) national president Sandra Kanck said Australia could double the number of refugees it accepted provided it cut as many, or more, entrants through the skilled migration program.
"We have no moral obligation to the people coming here under the skilled migration program - they are not fleeing from war-torn states," Ms Kanck, a former Australian Democrats state MP, said.
"They are taking places we could make available to real refugees."
Ms Kanck said Australia could provide the necessary training to produce its own skilled workforce and did not need to poach from other countries.
She also suggested ditching the federal government's baby bonus to use the funding for training programs.