Although on the upside, Lee Tulloch of The(sydney)magazine June06, lets us in on the secret to eternal happiness: its a GHD hairstyling iron. RRP $255. Her "thick, erratically wavy hair is tamed in a breeze without having to lift weights at the gym to get her arms into shape". Ah, how I love this town.
The bureau's figures show that, over the nine years to 2003-04, the average weekly income of the poorest fifth of families rose by 22 per cent in real terms. The middle fifth saw their incomes rise by a fraction less than 22 per cent while the richest fifth got an increase of 19 per cent.
Fully 14 per cent of mothers and 9 per cent of fathers in couple families report high or very high psychological distress. For lone mothers it's 24 per cent. About 18 per cent of children - more than 600,000 - live without an employed parent.
Over the past 10 years, the number of bird and mammal species listed as extinct, endangered or vulnerable rose from 120 to 169. Over the decade to 2003, the rate of land clearance fell by 38 per cent, so that we now clear a mere 283,000 hectares a year, half of it in Queensland.
1 June 2006
Are we there yet?
Ross Gittins points out that a growing economy is not the only indicator of national well being.
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