Imagine a place where there are no elite or expensive private schools. And imagine a society where housing is affordable – a three-bedroom house, for example, costing one quarter of a similar property in Sydney.
What would such a place be like when the two main drivers of financial stress and resultant inequality were removed?
It would be … the most liveable city in Australia. It would be Warrnambool.
Last week the Victorian coastal city of Warrnambool was crowned by the Ipsos annual Life in Australia study as the most liveable city in Australia.
Access to nature, feeling safe, a sense of community and a lack of traffic congestion “helped the area score so highly”, according to reports.
But I also think inequality – or the perception of it – is important when it comes to liveability.
Take away elite private schools and ridiculously expensive median house prices, and suddenly you’re living in a much more equal place.
Median house prices aren’t part of inequality. It’s the distribution around the median that is.
Sigh, Guardian and numbers…..