Some 23,000 visas each year will be earmarked for migrants getting jobs with regional businesses under the Government's new population plan.
Independent think tank Grattan Institute believes regional Victorian towns need to keep the residents they have before trying to attract new ones.
Australia's unemployment rate has ticked up to 5.6 per cent despite another 18,000 new jobs being created in February.
Migrants and refugees are stemming a decline in 151 regional areas across Australia, keeping schools open and businesses operating.
Ahead of this weekend's election, a transport expert warns Adelaide must catch up on public transport investment or road congestion costs could rise to $2.25 billion by 2030.
Australia's growing population is putting strain on services and causing more Australians to question immigration policy — but the Q&A audience hears nothing will change until politicians have a lot more courage.