Flee Sydney: A Prospectus on Human Capital Competition between New South Wales and Queensland

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dc.contributor.author Blakely, EJ en
dc.contributor.author Bista, S en
dc.contributor.author Khan, Asif-Uz-Zaman en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-11T21:45:52Z en
dc.date.issued 2007 en
dc.identifier.citation Urban Policy and Research 25(4):455-471 2007 en
dc.identifier.issn 0811-1146 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17068 en
dc.description.abstract On 13 August 2005 the head of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Mr Ian Macfarlane, proposed that young people “Flee Sydney”. He reasoned housing prices, cost of living and congestion were making Sydney unliveable for young and talented people. The Reserve Bank of Australia Chief is not alone in wondering whether Sydney is sustainable or competitive. Sydney's dominance as Australia's global entrepôt is clearly in danger. By all accounts, both the young and the not so young are taking the Reserve Chief's suggestion and abandoning Sydney and its environs for the State of Queensland and elsewhere. From an urban planning point of view, this is not a trivial matter that can be shrugged off as a momentary transition. If Richard Florida (2005) and others are correct, cities, regions and nations can lose their most vital resource—talented people—by misguided public policy and poor planning. This article seeks to uncover the myth and reality of the internal migration of New South Wales (NSW) and its Sydneysiders to Queensland. One can argue this migration of Sydneysiders and others from NSW to Queensland is merely a spill over effect of a very buoyant economy. On the other hand, the loss of critical human skills may be the harbinger of things to come for Sydney and NSW in regards to global competitiveness. Our analysis finds that NSW lost valuable human capital to Queensland between 1991 and 2001 with some small variations in net losses over the years. The most recent data based on the Australia Post Redirection Database confirms a strong and continuing migration of NSW residents to Queensland. en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Urban Policy and Research en
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dc.title Flee Sydney: A Prospectus on Human Capital Competition between New South Wales and Queensland en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/08111140701643986 en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 455 en
pubs.volume 25 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Editorial Board, Urban Policy and Research en
pubs.end-page 471 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 97530 en
pubs.org-id Creative Arts and Industries en
pubs.org-id Architecture and Planning en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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