Socialist lies as usual but a few are found out ...
Australia's real unemployment rate is twice the official figure and the Reserve Bank must urgently cut interest rates, says the nation's biggest research firm.
A Roy Morgan Research snapshot of more than 4500 people in April put the national unemployment rate at 9.3 per cent.
This compares to Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that only 4.9 per cent of Australians are unemployed.
"The RBA uses the government's statistics and they say there is no unemployment, so we must keep the interest rates high," Roy Morgan executive chairman Gary Morgan said on Tuesday.
"It is nonsense... the interest rate should have been 3.5 per cent for the last three years."
Roy Morgan Research CEO Michele Levine said Canberra bureaucrats were blinkered by low local unemployment - around half the national average - and high consumer confidence.
"It's like Disneyland," she said.
"It is like we're being governed from another world.
"The two-speed economy, I think, is Canberra versus the rest."
The company's latest State of the Nation report, based on interviews with 52,000 people over the year to March 2012, found those living outside the national capitals were more likely to be unemployed and rank low on the socioeconomic spectrum.
Ms Levine said regional areas could be transformed into employment hubs if major government departments were moved out of the ACT.
The report - that focuses on the divide between capital cities and regional Australia - found nearly a third of city-slickers held a university degree, compared to 17.8 per cent of their country cousins.
More city residents had internet connections, pay TV and mobile phones than those outside the capitals.
Although "naughty" habits had fallen nationwide over the past year, the report found country Australians smoked and drank more than their health-conscious city counterparts.
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