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Homophobia, Aggression and Facebook – The Battle for Macquarie

There are those outside the seat of Macquarie who would think that it’s a fairly quiet seat – most of it is in the Blue Mountains, Vote Compass dubs it … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stop the Cars! How the Global Becomes Local in the West

The September 2 Four Corners profile of the Lindsay and Brisbane campaigns were illustrative of an Australia that is pretty diverse – socially, economically and logically.  One of the more … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Truckie, Dead Gay Cousins, Sex Appeal and Boats – The Battle for Lindsay

This week, a bit of the spotlight in this election campaign was shed on Lindsay – the fabled seat that became all important in 1996, when its fall to the … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Caravan Moves On and Western Sydney Does Not

Yesterday, the people of Penrith were graced with the National Campaign Caravan and we have already seen its effects. The Caravan got its meme moment, the sex appeal comment – … Continue reading

August 14, 2013

What is Appealing About Media Coverage So Far? It’s Certainly Not Sexual

Today was another common day out on the election hustings – Captain Awkward being Awkward again, this time in Lindsay. Another bland day being covered by the press pack forced … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · 11 Comments

What is Western Sydney? Part 5 – The Cult of Personality

In this, the last post about Western Sydney (possibly – I am thinking of writing, Douglas Adams style, a 6th Part to the 5 Part series), I will warn you before … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 11 Comments

What is Western Sydney? Part Four – Culture and the Clubs

Whenever you hear the phrase “Western Sydney” and “culture”, the jokes come out. Cover bands, RSLs, Panthers, Rooty Hill RSL, UFC, V8s, etc. Cue pictures of Anglo Celtic men of … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

It’s getting hot out here; or why climate change connects the policy dots in Western Sydney

As part of this series on Western Sydney, climate change may seem like the most unlikely of topics to cover. But for anyone who believes climate change is a real … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

What is Western Sydney? Part Three – Education

One of the less discussed political issues over the past three years is education – well, less than things like carbon pricing, boats and whether Kevin Rudd should move back … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

What is Western Sydney? Part Two – Transport

Do people remember the Eighties? Specifically 1983? Austen Tayshus’ Australiana was big, as was Bop Girl by Pat Wilson and Reckless by Australian Crawl.  It was also when the NSW … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 7 Comments

What is Western Sydney? Part One – Housing

In this week of Rootyhillard, I will be writing five posts on this site about 5 different aspects of the Western Sydney experience.  Hopefully it will add some insight into … Continue reading

March 3, 2013 · 7 Comments

Get a job, bogans; or why Western Sydney is more complicated than that

Originally posted on bluntshovels:
The political conversation about Western Sydney over the past week has veered from bewildered wonderment, through ignorant derision and into utter rubbish. My frustration has grown,…

March 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

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