The Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert says country South Australia's population has grown by just 5,820 people since 1988 – a paltry 194 more each year – one plane-load.
"Yet metropolitan Adelaide has grown by 312,900 people over that same period – the equivalent of 75 per cent of SA's total country population," he said.
"I grew up in the Riverland and have settled in the Barossa Valley. Country life is the most wholesome way to live, good for kids, grounded in reality: inter-generational family life, tradition, close community, nature’s peril and beauty," he continued.
"Country SA’s decline has been more rapid than NSW, Queensland and Tasmania, which face the same perils, yet have healthier country population levels and strong regional cities," Mr Lambert said.
"Country Australia can grow with local farming, mining, manufacturing and supporting jobs, and – vitally – affordable access to power and water. Your federal election vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate can make country Australia great again," Mr Lambert concluded.
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