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6,500 leave SA for interstate - time to stop the drain

Mar 23, 2017

Tim Whetstone MP
Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment


6,500 leave SA for interstate – time to stop the drain

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows South Australians continue to leave the state in droves.

In the 12 months to September 2016, ABS figures reveal South Australia lost 6,484 people interstate in net terms, a staggering 57 per cent increase compared with the preceding 12 months.

“The Weatherill Government’s failed economic policies are making economic refugees of tens of thousands of South Australians,” said Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment Tim Whetstone.

“People are leaving because they can’t find a job as skyrocketing electricity costs, the most expensive water in the country and the massive hike in the ESL tax strangle local economic growth.

“South Australia’s small to medium businesses are the backbone of this state and we need them to be investing in their businesses and creating job opportunities, instead they are being forced to continually dig deeper into their pockets to pay utility bills and government taxes.

“After 16 years under Labor, South Australia has the highest unemployment and underemployment in Australia.

“The concerning migration drain interstate also explains South Australia’s stagnant population growth.

“ABS figures also show South Australia’s population growth rate in the 12 months to September 2016 was just 0.6 per cent, compared to the nation’s 1.5 per cent.

“I want to see South Australians remain in our great state with secure jobs and a long term future.

“The State Liberals are committed to providing sound economic policy that will address the loss of people from South Australia. The state’s economy cannot afford to have thousands of people continue to migrate interstate.”




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