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Average Price of a 30 ml nip of scotch in Australian capital cities

Australia has amongst the highest alcohol taxes in the world, alongside strict regulations regarding its resale and consumption. These influences impact the cost of an alcoholic beverage in a bar (excluding happy hours and specials). This FACT indicates the average price of a nip or shot of scotch at a public bar in each Australian capital city (2011), including all varieties and ages. Melbourne bars house the most expensive scotch, with a 30 ml shot on average costing A$6.40. The city with the cheapest is Hobart, with A$4.92.

Percentage of green star rated projects by construction companies

This FACT indicates the percentage of green star rated projects per 100 construction companies that operate within the respective Australian cities.

A Green Star project is one that has been certified under the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). The GBCA's Green Star rating system is awarded to projects that have been implemented with the aim of reducing their environmental impact. The project can be a building, a number of buildings, or a fit-out. The certification is given to both new projects and projects that have undergone extensive renovations. In real numbers, Melbourne and Sydney would certainly have the most green star rated projects, according to the GBCA. However, comparing the number of green-star projects against the number of construction companies, Brisbane has the most, at 7.77 percent. At 2.67 percent, Darwin has the lowest percentage.

Percentage of state spending on agricultural land (Regional)

Given that the agricultural industry makes up 12 percent of the Australian GDP and is responsible for earning around A$155 billion a year, it is a hugely important industry. Farmland covers 51 percent of Australia's landmass, though this share is distributed unevenly across each state and territory.

This FACT indicates the percentage of each state and territory's overall spending that goes towards agriculture in 2011. The state with the highest percentage of spending on agricultural industry is Queensland at 34 percent. The state with the lowest percentage is Tasmania at 0.4 percent. Data for the Australian Capital Territory could not be obtained.

The generous city: percentage of volunteers (15 years or older)

This FACT indicates the percentage of those aged 15 years and older that volunteer in their community. The Victorian Community Survey found that there was a strong correlation between the rate of volunteering within a local government area and the degree to which people felt they were part of the community. Volunteering is generally higher in non-metropolitan areas than the capital cities. However, Canberra stands out as the city with the highest rate of volunteering at 24.1 percent, higher than the national average and even higher than in non-metropolitan areas. The city with the lowest rate is Sydney, with 16.7 percent.

Total vehicle kilometres travelled (Billions)

This FACT indicates the total number of vehicles kilometres travelled in each capital city in the 2015-2016 financial year. Statistics are represented in billions of kilometres. The city with the highest vehicle kilometres was Sydney with 41.62 billion, closely followed by Melbourne, with 41.24 billion. The city with the lowest total vehicle kilometres was Darwin at 1.11 billion kilometres.

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