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Breadth of Social Disadvantage in the ACT

By neanderthalsis - 5 March 2008 9

Todays Crikey carries a story on regions of high social disadvantage in Australia. Not surprisingly, an Indigenous community in the NT took the grand prize (low wages, low education, high unemployment etc).

It also listed the least disadvantaged areas and a state by state breakdown. The ACT had Kingston as the 37453 (or 5th from the bottom topped by Corio in Vic, eastern burbs of Syd and the miners mansions on the coast in South Perth) on the list of least disadvataged areas in the country.

For disadvantaged areas, ranked 320th over all and well up the list of disadvantaged areas is Turner, just north of Civic. Admittedly, it rates far better than the other State winners, but to class it alongside the rough ‘burbs of western sydney and Indigenous communities in QLD, SA, NT and WA is a bit of an eye opener.

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9 Responses to
Breadth of Social Disadvantage in the ACT
Meconium 1:29 am 06 Mar 08

Grammar.

Deano 5:20 pm 05 Mar 08

Kingstons got the causeway and some very nice flats opposite the shops so evens out overall.

The Kingston census region doesn’t actually include Kingston itself. It is a very small area that takes in the Glassworks and Bus Depot markets, and the area that used the be the government printing office, except for the bit that has the new foreshore development. It doesn’t include the Causeway. I don’t know where they found 55 people living in that area to even survey.

The Crikey report was a very good example of how to use statistics poorly. The least disadvantaged area in Victoria was Corio, near Geelong. That area consists of a large oil refinery, a fertilizer factory and some abandoned factories, oh and also Geelong Grammer.

Spectra 2:31 pm 05 Mar 08

but to class it alongside the rough ‘burbs of western sydney and Indigenous communities in QLD, SA, NT and WA is a bit of an eye opener.
Yeah…but it’s not really classed alongside them in any meaningful way. It’s not unlike picking the poorest street in, say, Forrest (or whatever is the richest suburb you can think of) and saying it’s classed alongside the poorest street in some dirt poor indigenous community. Not really that much of an eye-opener.

meher baba 1:48 pm 05 Mar 08

It is certainly a result which does not tally with the average house price in Turner these days!!

Apart from the jolly bunch in the Macleay St flats, there are also quite a few student share households in the area as well, which typically record household incomes in the bottom 20 per cent but which are not really disadvantaged in any long-term way.

neanderthalsis 9:36 am 05 Mar 08
neanderthalsis 9:35 am 05 Mar 08

It’s not just a measure of rich vs poor suburbs.

Crikey drew on ABS Socioeconomic Indexes for Areas data released in mid-feb examining socio-economic indicators from the 06 census. They examined average wage, rates of full time employment and levels of unemployment, levels of education.

Thumper 9:27 am 05 Mar 08

I would have thought the Causeway.

shiny flu 9:23 am 05 Mar 08

Living in Turner myself, it’s Canberra’s second smallest suburb (second to Reid). Could be possible that the number of those in the govy flats rates as a large percentile of the rest of the Suburb? Or possibly that Crikey were looking at the percentile of high density housing as an indicator?

Special G 9:08 am 05 Mar 08

How does Turner possibly rate as a disadvantaged area? Sure Turner has Northbourne flats and Havelock house but that’s it -Kingstons got the causeway and some very nice flats opposite the shops so evens out overall.

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