The Marshall Government is working to grow South Australia’s population and the economy, as the latest ABS figures revealed Adelaide has recorded its lowest population growth figures in more than a decade, growing by just 0.7 per cent.
“These population growth figures are completely unacceptable and much more must be done to stop the exodus of young South Australians pursuing job opportunities interstate and overseas,” said Premier Steven Marshall.
“One of the highest priorities of my government will be addressing low population growth in Adelaide and the regions, and driving a population growth agenda is integral to creating more jobs here in South Australia.
“Low population growth is also felt acutely in the regions of South Australia, and that’s why we are progressing our comprehensive plan to invest in the economic prosperity of our regions.
“The previous Labor administration admitted that population growth was not on its agenda, and South Australian workers, businesses and the overall state economy suffered as a result.
“A growing population is integral to the conversation of how we bolster the South Australian economy, and that’s why the Marshall Government is unashamedly pursuing a jobs agenda which will keep our young people here and attract investment from interstate and overseas.
“We’re pushing ahead with significant reforms, including cutting payroll tax for small businesses in South Australia, slashing ESL bills for households and businesses, deregulating shop trading hours, and reducing land tax. These actions are all geared towards creating an environment for economic growth and population growth.
“Our message to Mr Malinauskas and Mr Koutsantonis is to get on board.
“They cannot continue to oppose reforms such as further deregulation of shop trading hours, simply because that’s what their mates in the shoppies union tell them to do.
“Mr Malinauskas and Mr Koutsantonis should back our reforms so that there are more job opportunities in the retail sector and more opportunities for retailers to grow their businesses.
“The Marshall Government does not accept that South Australia’s population should be growing so slowly relative to other Australian capital cities.
“Labor has left us with this low population growth legacy. There is much work to do to turn this around, but as a government we are up to the task.”