SA economy hurting from population exodus

The constant flow of South Australians migrating interstate is severely hurting the economy, with the state losing more than 3,000 people on average annually over the past decade.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show that between 2005-06 and 2014-15, South Australia lost an annual average of 3,316 people in net interstate migration.

The constant flow of South Australians migrating interstate is severely hurting the economy, with the state losing more than 3,000 people on average annually over the past decade.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show that between 2005-06 and 2014-15, South Australia lost an annual average of 3,316 people in net interstate migration.

Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone said the only way to arrest the flow of population out of South Australia is to create more job opportunities.

“Some of South Australia’s best and brightest young professionals are leaving South Australia to pursue careers interstate and overseas and it is clear that a vast majority are not returning which is deeply concerning,” Mr Whetstone said.

“I want to see South Australians remain in our great state with secure jobs and long term career opportunities. From 2005-06 to 2014-15, South Australia has lost an average of 3,316 people interstate and the Weatherill Labor Government’s failure to address this important issue is severely hurting the State’s economy.

“Sadly, it appears that this is not a priority for the Weatherill Labor Government, and as a result, this State continues to lose people interstate.


“I urge the Weatherill Labor Government to provide solutions to ensure South Australia stops the brain drain and draws young people back to South Australia.


“Young people are the future of our State and the State Liberals will focus on addressing the loss of people from South Australia through easing cost pressures for SA businesses, and in turn, growing the economy and creating jobs.”

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