Australian Cities: Liveable and Sustainable?

Australian cities rate highly internationally on liveability and well-being indices. State and metropolitan governments are keen to promote the liveability of their cities as a means of attracting mobile capital, skilled labour and tourists. An examination of the liveability-environmental sustainability nexus, however, suggests that Australia’s capital cities have gained their high liveability ratings while having high, and now unsustainable, levels of resource consumption.

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