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Proposed family reunion fee changes worry migrant groups

Assistant Minister Zed Seselja Source: AAP

Community groups and service providers are supporting the Productivity Commission's view that Australia's migration policy should not be dictated by fiscal considerations alone.But, as Kristina Kukolja reports, some are challenging a recommended overhaul of the family-reunion and skilled-migrant streams, saying the existing conditions can just be improved.

Last year, the Federal Government asked the commission to examine options for improving the country's economic outlook through migration.

The commission has now deemed the family-reunion stream in need of major change.

It argues visa prices should be substantially increased to recover the costs to government associated with migrants in the parent-reunion category.

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