"...like the places they come from, the people who live in Melbourne's outer west are not taken seriously. Occupying safe Labor seats, they are ignored and discounted by both major political parties. By and large, the city's powerbrokers still come from Melbourne's wealthier eastern suburbs and attend the universities there, not the one with campuses in Footscray or Werribee. While two politicians from the west have gone all the way, both, namely Joan Kirner and Steve Bracks, were members for Williamstown. As the "Toorak of the west", the lovely beachside suburb is hardly representative of the newer suburbs. Meanwhile, the outer west remains a dumping ground for freeways, trucks and container parks."
Read more of this opinion piece by Ceridwen Spark, the vice-chancellor's senior research fellow in global, urban and social studies at RMIT University.