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Why postcoding disadvantage is arse

By johnboy - 27 February 2007 38

The Canberra Times has swallowed hook line and sinker of a particularly stupid report by Tony Vinson on the distribution of disadvantage.

Particularly in the ACT context the report shows that people in public housing have less going for them, in which case the disadvantage pre-dates distribution. Using this flawed analysis and then shoehorning it onto postcodes alarming findings can be made.

“The survey found the ACT’s most disadvantaged suburbs following Narrabundah and The Causeway were Kingston, Fyshwick, Majura, Pialligo, Symonston, Braddon, Campbell, Reid, Turner, and Oaks Estate.

So the most advantaged suburbs with the highest numbers of public housing residences are a problem that needs to be addressed??

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38 Responses to
Why postcoding disadvantage is arse
Ari 2:31 pm 27 Feb 07

The key to that map is a bit puzzling.

It seems it’s possible for people to rent 101% of government-owned dwellings.

There are lies, damned lies and … ABS statistics.

west01 2:28 pm 27 Feb 07

um- how many people live in Pialligo? One or two?

S4anta 2:24 pm 27 Feb 07

nice 1 ash

ash 2:21 pm 27 Feb 07

A thematic map of government owned rental dwellings in Canberra:


Thumper 2:08 pm 27 Feb 07

Take the druggo flats out of Narrabundah and see what the place is worth.

Bet you can’t buy anything that’ll give you change from half a million.

Skewed stats…

Maelinar 1:59 pm 27 Feb 07

Interestingly, those are common Defence Force suburbs as well.

S4anta 1:08 pm 27 Feb 07

I think the skewed stats would have more to do with a majority of welath in the ACT being vested in new retirees managed funds, and the fact that there would be alot of rental accomodation in the inner city.

Plus, the report was commisioned by jesuits, and history has already shown that they are famous are interprteing things differently to the rest of literate society.

Erg0 1:05 pm 27 Feb 07

…without actually improving the situation for the “disadvantaged” people themselves, of course. Hence the reason that this sort of stat is basically crap.

PigDog 12:21 pm 27 Feb 07

If they’d knock down all the public housing in Braddon and Reid it would improve the stats there immensely.

S4anta 11:31 am 27 Feb 07

these reports do have the functionality to burrow down a few levels to get slightly more meaningful info, however you do need to pony up extra cash for that mash-up, so pay more stamp duty to ther ACT govt or come up with a better statistical analysis in the interim.

Spectra 11:00 am 27 Feb 07

Wait, there’s people living in Fyshwick?
Also, I’d never even heard of (The) Causeway before now – interesting bit of Canberra’s history there. You learn something every day.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 10:36 am 27 Feb 07

All this really does is demonstrate that Canberra is not representative of the wider Australian society. Again.

We live in the most fortunate, rich and opportunity filled city in the country. On average, of course!

miz 9:59 am 27 Feb 07

While the ACT is a bit unusual in that there is, with a few notable exceptions, generally speaking a mixture of social/financial (dis)advantage across the suburbs, in most other places in Aust the postcode analysis is relevant and can help with drawing attention to where $$ focus goes. Particularly at this time, when federal parliamentarians are all looking to feather their own nests to retain their seats, it might prick a few consciences.

bonfire 9:43 am 27 Feb 07

what is disadvantage ?

taken a ride down a jakarta street lately ?

louise 9:33 am 27 Feb 07

It’s a classic scale issue.

At a national level, the exact physical location of the postcode is unimportant, and Canberra’s public housing policies don’t rate a mention. They’re local-scale issues.

At a national scale, the more interesting thing for public policy is:
The major characteristics of the ACT’s most disadvantaged postcodes included rental stress, home purchase stress, lack of Year 12 completions, limited internet access, low work skills and qualifications, criminal convictions and domestic violence.

A cynic, with no eye to community or caring about people, could take this to mean that Charnwood and Kambah have been knocked off their ‘disadvantage’ perch.

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