That the House:—
(a) the recently released report from the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) indicating regional Australia is missing out on potential population growth by failing to attract international migrants;
(b) that international migrants are responsible for over half of Australia’s population growth;
(c) that the RAI report states for over 100 Australian small towns, international migration was their only source of population growth, including Circular Head in Tasmania;
(d) that when international migrants move to regional areas they bring with them skills, experience, opportunities and cultural diversity, among others;
(e) the announcement in September 2015 by the Premier Hon Will Hodgman MP that Tasmania would take 500 refugees in the midst of the Syrian crisis;
(f) the additional $1 million in funding to be provided by the State Government to prepare for the intake of those refugees;
(g) that although Tasmania was the second jurisdiction to sign up as a destination for the Safe Haven Enterprise Visa holders, no refugees have yet moved to Tasmania under the scheme; and
(h) the recent communication from Tasmanian Senator the Hon Jacqui Lambie to the Premier demanding that he cut off funding to the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, with the belief that the Council supports sharia law.
(2) Calls on Premier Hon Will Hodgman MP to expedite the process of intake of the 500 refugees and develop an international migration strategy to attract further overseas migration to Tasmania’s rural and regional areas.