I have to say I have been thinking this myself recently.
This site is increasing full of people applying for visas or just about to come over and I wonder what they are letting themselves in for. I used to think that if you were in nursing or something health related you were OK, but even that seems to be less secure these days. Lots of people also think they will pick up some casual unskilled work ("anything"), but that's easier said than done. You seem to need a certificate in everything here. The building industry has been on hard times for many months now. The Australian PCI (Performance of Construction Index) was 39.0 in March - by comparison the UK PCI was 47.2 (anything below 50 indicates contraction). The Australian PMI (Manufacturing Index) was only 44.4 (UK 48.3). Many people predict that Holdens will shut in the next year or so, which will have a huge knock-on effect here in Adelaide.
I think it's another case of politicians being out of touch with reality - believing all the good news about the economy and putting their heads in the sand when it comes to bad news. South Australia is arguably in recession (apparantly not all the factors are technically in recession but the main one - State final demand - is) but this never really gets reported on the media. Likewise, when house prices in Australia had a jump in the 1st quarter it was widely reported, but nobody mentioned that in South Australia they didn't rise at all. Just today it was announced that a $1 billion mineral processing plant which was to create 1000 jobs at Whyalla has been scrapped due to a challenging business environment. All the good statistics are coming from the boom state WA.
The Agent-General's office in London are still busy putting out advertising campaigns about how great SA is, but they are totally out of touch and full of spin. See http://www.britishchamber.com/announ...igrant-workers
I know the UK economy is in a mess, but it's not that much better here, and all the indicators point downwards. The media here love to paint a rosy picture about most things, but if I had a secure job in the UK I would really be thinking seriously about emigrating. As they say 'a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush!'. As for local people out of work, I think some employers here see it as an easy solution to bring in an experienced worker from overseas, who they don't have to train. It's very demoralising for the people over here, and if the economic situation gets worse (which I think it will), then it is only logical that resentment will build up against overseas workers and migrants.