by Luke Graham, 23 June 2016

Image courtesy: Sydney Morning Herald

Last night, Phil Gould exclaimed that he had never seen so many blues fans in Suncorp Stadium, as New South Wales faced yet another series defeat albeit a noble fight.

So who are these blues fans and where did they come from?

Well, I guess it is quite clear that each one of these Blues fans were one of three things:

1) A traitor Queenslander
2) A New South Welshman who travelled for the game
3) A New South Welshman ‘expat’ living and working behind enemy lines

Let’s look deeper at point three.

Since March of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown us that net interstate migration in Queensland has been back on the rise from a low of 689 people in that quarter. Interestingly, this was exactly two years following the last time Sydney had annual property price growth in negative figures.

We saw this before in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Although we understand that there are multiple factors that influence the interstate movement of Australians, there is a clear relationship between Sydney property price growth (read: affordability) and the proclivity for New South Welshmen to pick up and move interstate.

Why wouldn’t you when the most recent census indicates that household income differences between inner Sydney and inner Brisbane are hardly notable, yet a home in Sydney is upwards of 50 per cent more expensive than its northern rival.

I, myself am haemorrhaging my inner sanctum of comrades from the schoolyard and retired Navy ranks to the sunshine state, but at least this provides me with plenty of opportunities for reunions while I’m up there for a site visit!

– First Link Property
– ABS Census 2011
– ABS 6416 (Australian Property Price Index)
– ABS 3101 (Australian Demographic Statistics)
– Sydney Morning Herald