Sydney v Melbourne. Never exclude social disadvantage from any comparison. As I suspected. The differences are not just family structures (large families, small dwellings) across connected LGA corridors. Melbourne has this. Sydney does not. But differences are also about class 1/
Melbourne's poorest LGAs are all interconnected. Whittlesea, Hume, Brimbank, and Melton all have an index rating on education and occupation between 1 to 3. Lowest in Melbourne. This is where the virus grabs hold. This interconnectivity is cultural, economic and social 2/
Sydney does not have this problem. Fairfield and Campbelltown come close, with ratings between 1 and 2. But like much of this city, it has a greater diversity of wealth separating its communities. Beyond these two, Sydney is simply wealthier overall. 3/
Melbourne's planning policies have also contributed to its viral problem. As you can see, it has one of the largest concentrations of social advantage out of any large city. The poor have been pushed out into the outer ring, away from its wealthy inner east and south east 4/
This is what some epidemiologists have been trying to point out. Think about other global cities where you have disadvantage all situated together. Perfect viral conditions. From a viral perspective, Sydney's socio-economic layout is much better. 5/
Those of us who live in this city, especially those of us who have grown up in these areas, have always known this. We always knew that COVID will always challenge this city like no other - because we have pushed all our precarious and poor into one giant outer corridor. 6/
Link to the national map - source ABS.…
Index in colour - Most disadvantage - lighter.
Aged care workers also overwhelmingly live along the outer ring.…

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