I freely admit I have negatives about it here but not in major ways that impact my families or my own life or happiness. We are perhaps lucky that my husband was working from the off (he went self employed) and I was able to work part time to start and have built up from there. I don't say Adelaide is perfect, far from it, but then no place I've ever lived is perfect, everywhere has its downsides or issues, depending on your situation. We lived rural in the UK for many years but it was lack of employment opportunities for my husband that drove us to moving to a city elsewhere in the country. We loved the rural life but sadly the salaries and job options to go with it were dire and the house prices high (thanks second home owners and all that). It meant him working away Mon-Fri in Surrey and coming home on weekends and we both hated that. Plus we had two lots of bills etc to find and cars to run. It simply became too expensive to maintain for us with a young child so we sought to make changes. I'm not bitter about having to leave or angry, if anything I was sad as I loved living rural and was far happier in terms of life overall but money was our driving factor. So yes, to a degree we've been there and done that.
I've lived in a number of countries and in various places in the UK. I've yet to live anywhere where I can only give negatives about a place overall. I can give negatives for certain aspects of life, be it work, education, social etc but not all or only negative. There are always some positives to be found but I appreciate if its a really big thing like lack of work, of course this is going to be a tough thing and can really cause upset and stress.
For me with regard to Adelaide I enjoy my life here and its not been clouded by lack of work or income. We've certainly had things happen that are far from great, pretty tough in fact on occasion but you get on with things, deal with them, come out the other side and are usually able to find enjoyment and happiness in life again. Had we not been able to find work or been really unhappy here for some reason, we had always had an open mind to moving elsewhere in Aus and this perhaps helped us going into the move and since we arrived.
I don't think there is any right or wrong with it all. People react differently and on a public forum, the written word can be interpreted so wildly, the tone of a post misconstrued or some such. Positive and negative views can cause people to react in different ways also. Someone on another forum (re migration this was) said something that made me think, that only expressing the negatives continually may make others reading dismiss those views altogether. I wonder if only waxing lyrical on the positives could cause the same effect? Or if it comes down to the person reading the words on the screen. Or something else entirely
In the end for me, I know my own mind, my husband his and we took the decision together to make the move here and its been a good move. I didn't really pay much mind to the negatives (and there were plenty back then too) people wrote back then else we may not have moved! Those worries before you move are always valid and no one has a crystal ball. End of the day, people will move or they won't. I doubt a forum is going to stop someone if they really want to move. Only finding out for themselves will be enough and I hope people making the move anywhere in Aus are prepared for all eventualities and possibly not having work or it taking a while to happen. Same with working out schools, areas to live and more, it doesn't happen overnight and it may not happen as you want or had hoped. Until you are faced with things, you cannot know how you will react or cope. Savings, a plan B and C and so on are all good things to migrate with for sure.