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Queensland's population growth lowest in 15 years

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Queensland's population growth has slowed to its lowest rate in 15 years, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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"The sunshine state's growth rate was 1.5 percent in the year to September 2014." said Phil Browning from the ABS. "While this is similar to the national growth rate, it is well below the state's 15-year average annual rate of 2.1 percent.

"This slower growth is due to a nine year low in the state's net overseas migration and one of the lowest net interstate migration increases in over 30 years. Western Australia's growth has also slowed considerably to 2.1 percent in the year to September 2014 - its lowest rate in over nine years and down from a high of 3.7 percent two years ago.

"This is partly due to a drop in net interstate migration from 11,400 people two years ago to just 300," said Mr. Browning.

Australia's total population increased by 354,600 people to reach 23.6 million by the end of September 2014, a growth rate of 1.5 percent.

Over the year, natural increase contributed 150,700 people to Australia's population, made up of 303,000 births (3.0 percent lower than the previous year) and 152,300 deaths (3.3 percent higher than the previous year).

In the same period, overseas migration contributed 203,900 people to the population (12.8 percent lower than the previous year), and accounted for 57 percent of Australia's total population growth.

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