Define ‘the best’.


Two stories caught my eye this morning:

Perth expensive – but we enjoy the best standard of living


ACT tops nation in standard of living

Hmmm. OK – how does this work? Both newspaper reports are based on the same report from the National Centre for Economic and Social Modelling at the University of Canberra. The solution came from the following quote:

“Only the country’s territory capitals, Canberra and Darwin, enjoy higher living standards,” Ms Esmond said.

Ok – Canberra is not capital of a State (only a country) so it doesn’t count for comparisons with Perth. I have not chased up the Mercury yet but given the ranking from the report here is their likely headline:

Hobart has highest standard of living (of state capital cities located in Tasmania).


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