Alternative indicators of wellbeing are currently much-discussed. The relative positioning of national living standards is clearly dependent on the measures of prosperity, happiness and so on chosen. Such differences reflect interpretive difficulties common to all advanced societies, where evolutionary transformations seem to have weakened conventional understandings among both analysts and policy-makers. In Queensland some evidence for the ambiguities can be evinced from a recent survey of wellbeing. The results suggest that the contemporary discontent with politics has become an intellectual issue.