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We’re for Sydney

Published: September 15 2018 – 10:49AM

From the perspective of traditional Sydney voters, it’s reassuring to know that if major changes are needed to regenerate the city, we aren’t going to kowtow to north-west, western and outer-west locals. Despite being the majority of Sydney voters, we believe we should have the option of voting in future elections at their own risk – unlike regional NSW where there is an even greater risk of voting on Sunday.

This is also the case for the people in Yarraville and its surrounds. In Melbourne, southern electorates have been the preserve of the left for over 50 years, and many of the sharpest social, cultural and political agendas are woven there. Fairfax Media research confirmed that of the 41 Melbourne electorate groups analysed, excluding northern suburbs and inner western suburbs, 75 per cent prefer to vote in Federal parliament. The mayor was highest, with 55 per cent of those surveyed identifying themselves as “blue”.

While the area around Coles Hill in Richmond remains the most blue area of our city, electorate areas such as Moorabbin, Keira and Lakes Entrance are also progressive, homogenous and heavily unionised, and although we favour the left, it is clear that voters within these electorates can easily and unfairly be split up.

In 2016, Coalition MPs in federal parliament were more likely to represent Yarraville (31.5 per cent) and the Yarra, Hawthorn (25.3 per cent), and Kew (22.8 per cent), than even Darebin and Kew (2.3 per cent) and Wentworth (5.5 per cent). The constituency of Lyne was determined in 2013 (our comparison was four years earlier).

Public libraries are packed with people from schools, construction sites and internet cafes. All are eclectic. They are often deep-pocketed or run by progressive philanthropists. But they are not uniquely ‘populist’. The community desire for them to become cleaner, quieter and less cloying is as clear as the divide between white and green.

The federation is both great and suffering as a result. We can change the course of our society with work by the big and the small. And we won’t choose a greater community without reducing our interference with others.

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