I had to laugh. Only in Australia, or perhaps New Zealand in reverse, could a story on migration from Australia get this opening line:
AUSTRALIA'S best and brightest are leaving the country in record numbers and, worst of all, many are heading for New Zealand.
Few people outside this area understand the sibling rivalry between these two countries!
The cause of the story was the release of the latest statistics showing record migration from Australia. I have tried to find the source data, but so far without success. Those who are interested can find news reports here and here, the second already cited.
I have written before about the growing significance of Australian emigration. As it happened, the latest data coincided with a series I have started on another blog - see Australia's latest population statistics 2 - the macro numbers.
I am writing the series on the New England blog because I am in the process of testing some of my earlier thinking in light of later numbers. However, the work has broader implications.
I will try to write a fuller post. However, for the present I simply note that the emigration statistics simply fit with one of my broader themes, the way in which we are presently re-shaping the structure of the Australian population.