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Migration is part of a complex chess game in construction, housing

It may or may not be the missing piece in Australia's housing and construction sectors, but the struggle to lure skilled migrants is seen as one of the most important issues confronting the country.

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"There is a backlog of visas to be processed where wait times have blown out to years."

According to a very obscure online resource*, there are 318,979,564,000 possible ways to play the first four moves of chess, and in the end, just one to win.

Which way to move in response to current housing challenges is proving equally as complex, and the clock is ticking for government and industry leaders to make the next move.

Skilled migrants are one of the key pieces in addressing labour shortages

and shoring up property demand but it’s n…