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‘Affecting our ability to start a family’: Couples waiting to settle in Australia – Sydney Morning Herald

Parliament will debate on Monday Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s record in capping the number of foreigners allowed into the country to marry their Australian partners.

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Documents obtained under Freedom of Information show a “planning level” imposed by the Department of Home Affairs has led to less than 40,000 foreigners who have proved their relationships with Australians being allowed into the country, down from nearly 50,000 in the four years prior.
“Each year the government announce migration program planning levels as part of the budget,” a document prepared by the department’s family policy section reads.
“Planning levels are not a ‘cap’.
“They are indi…

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