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NB the reference to Melbourne at the end - now whos got an inferiorty complex I wonder? And in the SMH as well!http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/sydney-the-city-without-a-clue/2007/06/12/1181414305829.html

The lights are on but nobody's at home in the city without a clue

Jacob Saulwick
June 13, 2007

AMONG the world's centres of commerce, Sydney is a desert for ideas and creativity.

A study comparing the vibrancy of business conditions in the world's leading cities shows Sydney lags behind many US, European and Canadian centres as a hub for the creation of knowledge and sharing information.

Sydney ranks 14th in the world for overall ease of commerce, according to MasterCard's Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index, released for the first time today. But the harbour city languishes well down the list, at 29th, for "knowledge creation and information flow".

This is based on, among other things, the number of universities in each city, the spread of broadband access, the amount of patents applied for, and the number of daily newspapers for every million people.

New York, which is littered with universities and research institutions, tops this category.

An executive vice-president of MasterCard Worldwide, Leigh Clapham, said although Sydney had some outstanding learning institutions, it did not have them en masse as many US cities did.

But Mr Clapham said Sydney should be proud of its position as a global centre of commerce. Highlighting Sydney's prominence as a holiday destination or business centre, Sydney was the third most "Googled" city in the Asia-Pacific and 12th in the world, he said.

The study reflects concerns about the provision of broadband infrastructure in Australia, which is ranked 16th out of 30 developed countries in per capita broadband use by the OECD.

The executive director of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce, Patricia Forsythe, said it was a "timely reminder about the importance of investment in modern technology".

"We would be encouraging the Federal Government to get the next stage in broadband development - that's got to be a priority," she said.

London tops the overall index, followed by New York, Tokyo and Chicago.

Sydney is the fifth highest ranked city in Asia and the Pacific, behind Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul.

Melbourne slips in at 34th overall.
 

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Woohoo Sydney Kicks Melbournes puny ass in the rankings! :banana:

Anyways a VERY VERY interesting view of Sydney indeed.

Thanks HEAPS for posting Auslankan :cheers:
 

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This thread could have been interesting but loses all credibility because it starts out shit stirring as usual !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Wow very creditable fact which is most invigerating
"Sydney was the third most "Googled" city in the Asia-Pacific and 12th in the world". That's not fair 'Paris' would get some help from non-city based souces :) Also where is this 'britney spears hardcore' city?
 

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I love the way the article is written at the end. It gives the ranking of Sydney in the Asia-Pac region, then states that Melbourne slips in at 34th overall, giving the impression that they are being ranked on the same list, when actually its 34th in the world. It may seem nit-picky but I think they should have had Melborune's ranking under Sydney's overall ranking earlier in the article, or explicitly stated that they were giving Melbourne's world's ranking, not Asia-Pac ranking. The first time I read it I was shocked to think that Melbourne was 34th in the Asia-Pac region, it would be a pretty woeful ranking.
 

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It does state about Melbourne's ranking as being "overall".

As far as Sydney's rankings, whether it be overall or Googled in The Asia-Pacific Region, they were more than likely given a big boost by the few Sydney zealots on SSC ;)

*stares at certain forumers*
 

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^^ I know, but I still think its wording is a little off... I thought it meant Sydney was ranked 5th and Melbourne 34th in the same list initially.... Maybe all the study has shut down my brain.
 

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silly
 

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Intresting view on Australia would be a better title?

Wait for it. Criticism!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAARrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggGGGG.
 

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Same survey >>>

Sydney named as top Aussie financial hub
THE AGE June 13, 2007 - 1:00PM

Sydney has outranked Melbourne as Australia's top financial hub in a new index of the world's most influential commercial centres.

The NSW capital was ranked 14th out of 50 global cities in the inaugural Mastercard Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index, against Melbourne's 34th place.

For the Asia-Pacific region, Sydney took out fifth spot and Melbourne was seventh.

London edged out New York as the financial capital of the world, with Tokyo, the top placed Asian city, in third place, and Moscow coming in last.

The cities were rated on six categories, making up more than 100 data points, by a panel of eight economic, urban development, and social-science experts from around the world.

The categories considered included legal and political framework, economic stability, ease of doing business, financial flow, business centre and knowledge creation/information flow.

The rival Australian cities were graded the same for legal and political framework and economic stability.

However, as home to the Australian stock exchange, Reserve Bank of Australia and the Futures Exchange, Sydney pulled ahead of the Victorian capital in the other four categories.

"Sydney and Melbourne are two of the world's most vibrant cities and this Mastercard index proves they are more than just great places to live, they are also key centres of commerce," Mastercard Australia executive vice-president Leigh Chapman said.

He said the index provided an opportunity to understand how Australia and other international cities connected with the global marketplace.

"(That) is crucial for success in today's economy, plus it helps fuel the friendly competition between a variety of cities," Mr Chapman said.

London, the UK capital, outperformed the big Apple in four of the six categories, with factors like the effect on sales of US bond market regulations, a less stable US economy, and a more volatile US dollar, pitting London ahead of its trans-atlantic rival, New York.

Three former so-called `Asian Tigers' - Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul - made the top ten, and China, an emerging market, was well placed for the future with three cities in the index: Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
 

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^^ 7th isn't bad for the region for Melbourne. Who didn't know that Sydney was well ahead of Melbourne as a financial hub though? If you look at the rankings Melb and Syd are pretty much neck and neck for all the rankings (despite what the Age article says) except financial flows where Sydney's rating was about 4 or 5 times higher than Melbourne's.
 

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Tell us somthing that we didnt already know for the last 20 years...yawn!
 

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seriously im sick of reading auslankan's syd vs melbourne threads:bash: we do have other cities in australia:)
 

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seriously im sick of reading auslankan's syd vs melbourne threads:bash: we do have other cities in australia:)
Then don't read them, is it that hard?
 

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lol - all the usual cvc posters. ;)
 

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lol - all the usual cvc posters. ;)
C'mon Anton, that's not very nice!

By the way what happened to all your lovely punctuation? :)
 
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