Thursday, April 19, 2018

Melbourne's very large puzzling inner east

This piece published yesterday in The Age annoyed me with its opening sentence. The headline reads, Blue ribbon inner east sees 100% growth through immigration. Blue ribbon means they are prime and safe conservative party seats. I went on to read the piece, which was of no consequence as it didn't tell me anything I did not already know.

Why I read the piece was that I could not understand inner east being conservative. In my mind and to my knowledge they are either Labor(sic) or Green.

I would like you local people to tell me if I am wrong thinking of Richmond, Abbotsford and Collingwood as being inner east. In the article, Kew and Hawthorn were included as inner east, but I consider them middle suburbs. Lordy though, so too included were Doncaster, Templestowe and Box Hill as being inner east! C'mon, they are outer eastern suburbs.

Perhaps a new name is needed for the Melbourne suburbs beyond what I think of as the outer eastern suburbs, or perhaps I am just old and caught in a certain mindset and there is no budging me.

I try not to take media too seriously, but how could such stupidity go to press?

22 comments:

  1. The same way rather a lot of stupidity goes to press. Editors with their mind on other things...

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    1. EC, or the lack of proof readers. What wonderful historical people they were.

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  2. Well I'm clueless.
    I need a brief and easy party lesson. Maybe I should have added political party. Heh

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    1. Sandra, not mention of politics on my blog. My political enemies don't comment here.

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    2. Maybe I'll do some research. I'm not sure what Labor and Green parties stand for.

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    3. Sandra, essentially, Greens are pro environment, Labor like you Democrats and Liberals like your Republicans.

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  3. The press trying to create new boundaries? Gosh, that would never happen.....lol

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    1. Jayne, you are not suggesting that it is to benefit domain.com.au surely?

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  4. I'm constantly confused as to which suburbs are in what area. Inner, outer, east, south east blah blah. It's never consistent.

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    1. Fen, take it from me, you live in upper middle class area in a middle suburb.

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    2. Someone has to keep an eye on them!

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  5. To me, inner suburbs are those immediately surrounding the city centre. Outer suburbs are those way out where no other suburb sits beyond them. Anything in between is just suburbia to me.

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    1. River, a pretty good definition. I should have worked that out myself.

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  6. Everything changes. I grew up in the furthest surburb built in post-war (1948-50) Melbourne: McKinnon. By 1970 people started calling it a Middling suburb and by 2000 McKinnon was just about an inner suburb.

    But don't take any notice of older people. I still call Myer "Myer's" :)

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    1. Hels, McKinno is complicated. It is one suburb that I will wear that has changed from an outer suburb to a middle suburb. I am amazed that I so easily changed from Myer's to Myer and I don't like myself for doing so.

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  7. I have always thought of Hawthorn and Kew as "east" but not "inner east" !

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    1. Lady J, we are both clearly out of touch.

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  8. Oh who knows Andrew, what goes on in the fast paced mindless media rooms.

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    1. Strayer, I reckon that is the main problem, speed.

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  9. I have no idea...

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    1. Lee, I would not expect you to know.

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