Alarming ABS statistics released today reveal that South Australia’s population growth is the lowest of any mainland state with 3012 people leaving for interstate in the last 12 months.
At 1.3 per cent South Australia’s population growth fell well below the national average of 1.8 per cent in the 12 months to March 2010.
Shadow Minister for Sustainability, Michelle Lensink, has today criticised the Rann Labor Government for failing to achieve its strategic plan target to “reduce net loss to interstate to zero by 2008”.
“The Rann Labor Government has ignored its own policy objectives and targets to the detriment of South Australia.
“Net interstate migration is almost three times higher under the Rann Labor Government than it was under the last Liberal Government.
“South Australia is being hamstrung by a skills shortage and after almost nine years the Rann Labor Government has no idea how to improve skill levels and population growth in SA,” Ms Lensink said.