The OECD Better Life Index has Australia sitting pretty alongside Scandinavia and Canada – but drill a little deeper

The latest release of the OECD’s Better Life Index shows that Australia remains a very wealthy nation with generally good health but that we continue to have a poor work-life balance, despite that being the area we rank most highly. Perhaps worst of all, however, Australian women, more than just about any other nation in the OECD, feel unsafe walking home alone at night.

The common refrain about GDP is that it measures everything except what is important. Even GDP per capita is a pretty poor measure of people’s livelihoods – given it says nothing about income or gender inequality, let alone aspects such as health and safety, the environment or education.

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