You know how when a fly lands on your arm, you absent-mindedly wave it away. The same is when it lands on or near your BBQ. It doesn’t elicit white hot rage, just a small irritation.
Canberra bashers, like most federal pollies, drive me into a white hot rage occasionally and I have to react, like most of us.
But I have been experiencing the lower level irritation lately from those who don’t live here, who have the temerity to criticise how we live, how we’re governed, the quality of our roads and transport infrastructure.
They complain about our hospital services and our educational services.
A cursory read of the Letters page in the Crimes, or the on-line newspaper Letters reveals a propensity for residents of Jerrabomberra, Bungendore, Sutton, Braidwood, and far afield to have a go at the way we do things here.
Do you see a plethora of letters or on line comments from Canberrans criticising the Palerang Shire Council, the Eurobodalla Council, the Sydney City Council? Do we see Canberra ressies going to print complaining about the traffic congestion in Sydney or Melbourne?
No… you don’t!
I noticed a complaint recently from Su McCluskey, CEO of Regional Australia ACT, because the ACT gumment is taking away its funding. The implications are that we gain heaps from the region around Canberra so we should continue to shell out to support those industries and activities.
Yeah right! Dunno about you but I’m not keen on giving money to people who whinge about the way we do things here, whinge about our transport and road infrastructure and services but don’t deign to live here and contribute to their costs. And frankly, I don’t want to support a region unless there are tangible benefits coming back.
So either they stop whingeing about Canberra or I’m going to encourage people to whinge about traffic delays in Braidwood and Bungendore. I’m going to complain about the way these folks use our services, suggesting that the quality of service in Queanbeyan is substandard.
I’m going to complain about the road to Cooma and the horrible trip down Brown Mountain. And every time I’m annoyed by something or someone in NSW or Victoria or Queensland, I’ll go to the Letters page and whinge about things that I don’t pay for and have no business with, just like them.
Or maybe I should just treat them like that fly, and wave them away.