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Aussie kids are fourth most prosperous, globally

Australian kids are mostly alright, but the destruction of the environment is failing them, a new report has revealed.

Save the Children’s Child Prosperity Index has ranked Australia fourth overall out of 19 G20 countries on eight indices: health, education, gender equality, income, safety, employment, infrastructure and environment.

We came third and fourth in income and safety, respectively, but placed a lowly 19th on environment, due to Australia’s relatively high carbon emissions.

Although we placed sixth overall on education, in the largely Indigenous Northern Territory, education levels were akin to that of Turkey, which ranked 12th in this measure. We also already know that, in terms of early education, Australia is well behind most developed nations.

Save the Children released the index to coincide with a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Beijing, including Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison. The hope is the report will serve as a wake-up call to decision-makers worldwide. The United States, the world’s largest economy, placed ninth.

“Our analysis shows that even among the world’s most developed, powerful and rich economies, there can be vast disparity in how children are treated and how prosperous their futures appear to be,” Save the Children Australia chief executive Paul Ronalds asserted.

In light of the report’s results, Save the Children has urged politicians across the world to act in three ways to improve children’s lives: amend tax policy to favour children’s economic prosperity; eliminate discrimination; and monitor their country’s progress on the report’s eight indices.

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