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Population pressures in Australia's biggest cities have caused the government effectively to bribe inhabitants to move to the less-populated country-side.

This article titled “Sydney pays residents to leave” was written by Alison Rourke in Sydney, for The Guardian on Wednesday 29th June 2011 07.44 UTC

With its sparkling harbour, enticing beaches and a climate to die for, Sydney is regularly rated as one of world’s top ten most liveable cities. But from Friday the state government of New South Wales will pay residents A,000 (£4,500) to leave.

In one of the clearest signs of official alarm at the growth rate of a city that already plays host to a fifth of Australia’s population, the money will be made available to individuals or families who sell up and buy a home in the country.

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