SA in the slow lane on population growth

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data on population growth shows South Australia’s rate is falling whilst the rest of the country continues to grow strongly.

South Australia’s population grew by just 0.6 per cent in the 12 months ending March 2017, down from 0.7 per cent in the preceding 12 months, whilst the rest of the nation’s population grew at 1.6 per cent.

“Jay Weatherill is well on the way to ensuring his retirement isn’t troubled by traffic jams in Adelaide as young South Australians are forced interstate in search of job opportunities,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“On these figures South Australia will be losing another seat in the Federal Parliament before too long.

“In the March quarter South Australia lost 1,288 people interstate in net terms as part of 6,541 who left in a 12 month period.

“Since Labor was elected in February 2002 South Australia has had a net loss of 52,316 people interstate – just a few less than the full house at Adelaide Oval for Adelaide’s preliminary final win over Geelong.

“The steady stream of young people leaving South Australia is a direct result of the Weatherill Government’s long term economic failure.

“People go where the jobs are and the Weatherill Government’s abject failure on economic policy has driven people interstate in massive numbers.

“The only way to improve South Australia’s economic fortunes is to change government.

“After almost 16 years in power Labor are tired, arrogant and complacent.”