I want to know why, if Canberra is such a dandy place, according to the OECD. If we’re leading the whole world in the well-being stakes, why does everybody seem to be complaining so much ?
I would have thought we were the whinging capital of the nation, but the international experts disagree.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation must have had their website hacked by Andrew Barr because they’re latest data suggests that Canberra is cross between Utopia and Shangri La.
I just stepped outside into the biting wind on London Circuit and it didn’t feel much like Utopia to me. I saw lots of busy people trying to hang on to their scarves, looking glum as they battled the weather and the impossible deadlines that rationalisation and efficiency dividends have forced them to make. There’s a ‘matching machine’ provided by the OECD which says that we’re a bit like New Hampshire or Western Norway. Feels more like far northern Norway today.
So why did we score so highly ?
Umm, partly because we’re all so rich, apparently. I gather they did the income survey questions in Red Hill and the upper level apartments at Kingston Foreshore and we scored 1o out of 10 in the income stakes. They need to come talk to me and my accountant. I understand that our income scores came in ahead of, not just the rest of the nation, but ever other region surveyed in the world ?!
We scored 9.5 for jobs and close to 10 on environment which is a long way in front of the other States and territory.
There were no questions in the survey about the fortunes of one’s local Rugby League team or how regions deal with asbestos contamination in local homes…clearly.
You can check it all out on this website http://oecdregionalwellbeing.org/
I love this place, but it is really Utopia ? Praps if it had a single train track it might be.