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Former Prime Minister, John Howard, said the pressure on housing costs could be eased by doing this

Howard predicts Sydneysiders will move to Gold Coast

Australia's housing price pressure could be eased if new migrants were encouraged to settle in rural or regional centres, according to former Prime Minister John Howard.

While visiting the Gold Coast Mr Howard said doing that wouldn’t change things immediately but it would take the pressure off.

“I think the government is quite sensibly looking at ways at encouraging new migrants to settle in rural area or regional areas and the less popular capital cities,’’ he said.

A relative of his had just done this, leaving Sydney and moving to Currumbin on the Gold Coast.

“Currumbin is cheaper than the Sutherland Shire of Sydney, much cheaper,’’ he said.

Mr Howard, who served in parliament for more than 33 years, said there were some common characteristics between leading a political party and being in business. Source: Gold Coast Bulletin