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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
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(Question No. 3198)


Mr McVeigh asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 14 February 1986:

(1) How many new residents moved from other parts of Australia to (a) N.S.W., (b) Victoria, (c) Queensland, (d) South Australia, (e) Western Australia, (f) Tasmania and (g) the Northern Territory in 1984-85.

(2) Do the statistics show that more people moved to Queensland than to other States; if so does this indicate that Government policies pursued in Queensland attract more people to that State.


Mr Keating —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The following table shows final data for net interstate migration in 1984-85:-

N.S.W.

Vic

Qld

W.A.

S.A.

Tas

N.T.

A.C.T.

-8,732

-6,628

10,955

2,417

-5,110

501

1,533

5,064

Source: `Australian Demographic Statistics, March and June Quarters 1986', ABS Catalogue No. 3101.0

(2) Yes; however, many factors influence the decision to migrate interstate. A survey of the reasons behind interstate movements in population undertaken by the Statistician (`Internal Migration, Australia, Twelve Months ended 30 June 1985') shows that in 1984-85 employment was by far the most significant factor (accounting for 52 per cent of all interstate moves), followed by housing factors (6 per cent), change in marital status (5 per cent) and retirement (2 per cent).