Where do journalists live? And why can they never find a plumber?

In The Australian today, I mine the 2011 Census data to identify the geo-cultural divide in Australia. To do so, I use a modified version of the Kenny Index, examining the ratio of journalists to plumbers in federal electorates:

IN the Labor-held electorate of Sydney there are seven journalists to every plumber. In the Liberal-held seat of McMillan in Victoria there are 17 plumbers to every journalist, which is why the good people of Paddington will probably have to wait until Thursday week to get a tap fixed, but the denizens of Pakenham may not.

About 10 per cent of Australia’s 20,000 journalists live in central Sydney or its eastern and inner-western suburbs in the seats represented by Labor’s Tanya Plibersek and the Liberals’ Malcolm Turnbull. One in five journalists lives in just five seats: Sydney, Wentworth, Melbourne Ports, Melbourne and Grayndler. Three are held by Labor, one by the Coalition and one by the Greens. The divide, however, is not political but cultural. [FULL ARTICLE]

The electorates where journalists are thickest on the ground are:

Sydney

1042

Wentworth

985

Grayndler

784

Melbourne

667

Warringah

506

North Sydney

498

Melbourne Ports

498

Brisbane

372

Fraser

357

Higgins

325

 

Of the 10 electorates where journalists are least likely to reside, three are in Sydney’s western suburbs:

Blaxland, NSW

31

Brand, WA

31

Scullin, Vic

32

Parkes, NSW

35

Mcmillan, Vic

35

Chifley, NSW

36

Lyons, Tas

37

Riverina, NSW

38

Port Adelaide, SA

39

Throsby, NSW

40

Click here to see the number of plumbers and journalists in 149 electorates. (There is no data for the seat of Bonner.)

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