An interstate rivalry has been reignited after Melbourne was announced the world’s most liveable city – for the fifth year running – with the NSW Premier making a list of reasons why Sydney is better than Melbourne.
When the Global Liveability Survey results were revealed on Tuesday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews sent a tweet to his NSW counterpart Mike Baird gloating about his city’s achievement.
The survey, released yearly by the Economist Intelligence Unit, scored cities out of 100 in the areas of healthcare, education, stability, culture and environment, and infrastructure.
Sydney scraped into the top 10, placing seventh.
In which Mr Baird responded: “@DanielAndrewsMP I’m currently in NZ. Even Melbourne weather seems appealing from over here. PS that sun looks suspiciously photoshopped…”
Mr Baird provided The New Daily with this exclusive list of what made Sydney better than Melbourne.
Here is the Premier’s top five.
2. Great beaches
3. Strong economy delivery tens of thousands of new jobs
4. Massive infrastructure program
5. World’s best harbour
Survey editor Jon Copestake said a decreasing homicide rate was a contributing factor to the Victorian capital’s success.
“The hostage siege in Sydney late last year has put Australia on a high terror alert which could affect future scores,” Mr Copestake said.
It is not the first time the two premiers have engaged in a Twitter war, following another social media spat last week.
During a new Victorian logo and marketing campaign unveiling, Mr Andrews said Victoria never had a “lazy reliance on billion-dollar harbour views”.
Mr Baird hit back by cheekily amending the logo, adding his own disclaimer and posting it on Twitter, which read: ‘offer excludes harbour, infrastructure and sunshine’.
Mr Andrews then replied, suggesting Mr Baird was grumpy due to a lack of good coffee.
Meanwhile, the Victorian Government video used to promote the state’s new branding was pulled from Mr Andrews’ Facebook page after it featured a copyrighted music track.
The video, promoting Brand Victoria, had been viewed more than 3700 times and shared by more than 100 people, when it was replaced on Tuesday evening, the ABC reported.
The audio watermark – a voice saying “audio jungle” at 10-second intervals – can be heard on the music track throughout the two-and-a-half minute production.
A government spokesperson said the uploading of the video was “a simple mistake rather than anything else”.
“The government had all the appropriate licensing in place,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“However a draft version of the video was accidentally uploaded rather than the final version, which did not contain the audio watermark.”