The 83-year-old [Murdoch] said Australia has a "comparative advantage in a world where not all are free," and as such it should welcome those who share the values of the country.
"We should be a beacon, but that means holding ourselves to high standards and not simply finding fault with others," he said.
“We must be open to immigrants, to their desire to improve themselves and to the resulting improvement in our country.”
On the back of those comments, The Australian has published a Newspoll today that suggests around a fifth of Australians favour higher migration levels.
About half of the people responding to the survey indicated support for Australia's existing intake levels, which resulted in 190,000 new immigrants last year.
While around 22 per cent say they would support an even higher intake, and 27 per cent want immigration levels cut.