I would like a dollar for every time I have heard some say over the past month how pleasant Melbourne has been. That was of course before the heat melt down.
But they weren't really referring to the weather. They meant the ability to get around in a metropolis that was not crowded, where the roads flowed well and you could get a seat on public transport, and in the case of trams and buses, not blocked by cars all the time.
The theory of higher density living in inner areas appeals to me, but in practice it has become hideous. Why? Our infrastructure is inadequate and nor the State or Federal governments show any inclination of improving the situation. Labor or Liberal, it makes no difference.
As for greater Melbourne, it is no different. People are fed up with inadequate roads, inadequate public transport and inadequate infrastructure in general (except for massively expanding shopping centres).
Our standard of living is undoubtedly in decline and it is due to overpopulation of our large cities. From hospitals, emergency services, public transport, country roads, government services to our environment with a couple of exceptions, are in decline. Millions, or billions are wasted on consultants to tell the government what experienced staff could easily do. Outsourcing sees a much higher cost with an often a worse result.
But with such a decline, what does the government do? It listens to big business which tells to keep increasing the population with high immigration and a financial incentives to have a high birth rate.
Speaking of big business, I was disgusted to see that the big business lobby group, VECCI, is in court trying to claim tax exempt charitable status. Has it no shame!