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British immigration policies could hurt Australian workers: high commissioner

Laurie Berry | 19 May, 2017, 18:52

As well as the massive task of pulling the United Kingdom out of the European Union, the government elected next month will need to deal with the challenges of building a strong economy, tackling social division, meeting the pressures of an ageing society and making sure that Britain responds to the upheavals caused by fast-changing technology, she said. May said "the next five years will be among the most challenging in our lifetime" - and repeated that only she offered the "strong and stable leadership" necessary.

Launching the manifesto on Thursday, Mrs May said: "There is no Mayism". "To make a success of Brexit, the next government must commit to working alongside business more closely than ever before".

"It is clear the Conservatives are offering more of the same, tax giveaways for their billionaire friends and nothing for ordinary people".

The Prime Minister's policy platform, which saw her vow to govern for "mainstream Britain" and deliver a strong economy after Brexit, included a radical shake-up of pensioner benefits and the system for funding social care.

But the Prime Minister also announced she would scrap the "triple-lock" on the state pension and means-test winter fuel payments.

She said the document set out "a vision for Britain, a portrait of the kind of country I want this nation to be after Brexit as we chart our own way in the world".

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"We will continue our programme of strategic national investments, including High Speed 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the expansion of Heathrow airport - and we will ensure that these great projects do as much as possible to develop the skills and careers of British workers".

Focusing on corporate pay, she said: "We believe people should be rewarded for their talents and efforts, but the public is rightly affronted by the remuneration of some corporate leaders". Britain, she said Wednesday, will be made to pay a price if it limits immigration from the region after 2019. And they look to their government for help and support.

The changes, viewed as the party's attempt to woo back voters who had swung towards the anti-immigrant UK Independence Party (UKIP) in the 2015 general election, are likely to hit Indians the hardest as they comprise of the largest number of skilled workers granted visas to live and work in the UK.

Sir Michael Fallon said the policy was not yet costed as the government did not know when it would be achieved.

Instead of taking part, Mr Corbyn led Labour's fightback following the launch of the Tory manifesto, saying: "Theresa May's nasty party has launched a shameful attack on older people - introducing a compassion tax to force those in need of social care to pay for it with their family home".

She promised that the Conservatives would be "upfront and honest about the scale of the task we face".

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