“Australians are the happiest people in the world, according to an index measuring quality of life compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The ‘better life initiative’ index compares all 34 OECD countries against 11 criteria including income, health, education, work/life balance, safety, governance, environment, housing and life satisfaction. The results show Australians are the most satisfied with their lives… The OECD concludes that Australians performed ‘exceptionally well’ in key measures of wellbeing. It finds household income in Australia exceeds the OECD average, as does life expectancy and general life satisfaction.” — The Australian, June 28

Not happy:

“…in households around the country, around the kitchen table, people are looking at the bills and are finding it pretty tough.” — Prime Minister Julia Gillard, June 28

Not happy:

“I do not think you are rich. I know you are struggling under a rising cost of living. And I know you are sick of a government that doesn’t get value from your taxes.” — Tony Abbott, budget reply speech, May 12

Not happy:

“Optimism about the outlook for the economy and Australia’s standard of living in the first half of the new financial year has slumped to the levels of the global financial crisis in 2008. Pessimism about the future has jumped markedly since the beginning of this year, although it is not as bad as it was during the global financial crisis and most people still think their standard of living will remain the same… According to the latest Newspoll survey of what people think about their standard of living in the next six months, conducted exclusively for The Australian last weekend, the percentage of people who think it will improve has dropped since January from 18 per cent to 12 per cent.” — Dennis Shanahan, The Australian, June 29

Really, not happy:

— News.com.au reader poll, June 28

Someone better tell the OECD …



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