Melbourne’s back Premier Daniel Andrews boasts city is the ‘real capital’ of Australia

Daniel Andrews has boasted “Melbourne’s back” and described the city as “the real capital” of Australia amid the latest rankings on the world’s most liveable cities where it placed ahead of Sydney.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has revelled in the news Melbourne has moved back up in the rankings of the world’s most liveable cities.   

The Victorian capital came in third place on the EIU’s global liveability index this year, just beating out Sydney which was ranked fourth. 

Vienna, Austria took out the top spot due to its “stability, good infrastructure, strong education and healthcare services”, while Copenhagen, Denmark was second. 

Mr Andrews said the result showed “Melbourne’s back” after it rebounded from 10th position last year and boasted the city was “the real capital” of Australia.

Melbourne – which benefitted from the removal of COVID-related restrictions. It was given an overall score of 97.7, only slightly more than Sydney on 97.4.

The two cities were tied on stability, healthcare, education and infrastructure.

However, Melbourne won out on culture and environment with a score in that category of 95.8 verses Sydney. Which was given a mark of 94.4.

Mr Andrews, while giving a press conference on new mRNA cancer treatments at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Celebrated the rankings bounce back.  

“Melbourne’s back, Victoria’s back. When you think about major events, food, wine, medical research,” he said on Thursday. 

“In every field, whether it’s critical thinking, discovery, all those creative industries, great experiences, Melbourne and Victoria, there’s nowhere else like it.

“And it’s great to see that reflected in those world rankings.”

Mr Andrews also could not resist a swipe at other states in Australia. With a particular jibe directed towards South Australia.

He referenced the Malinauskas government’s attempts to lure businesses to South Australia by promoting lower taxes compared to Victoria, which has unveiled a payroll tax hike.

“I won’t take up the obvious opportunity to talk about other states in our nation. Some of whom have had a lot to say about luring business, good luck with that,” he said. 

“This is the centre of so many things that are important. And this is in every respect the real capital of our nation.”

Sydney’s fourth place came after it was ranked 13th last year.   

Perth and Adelaide this year came in at equal 12th, while Brisbane was ranked 16th. 

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