I just spent the last week holidaying in Melbourne and noted some differences and similarities that often come up in discussion points on the site.
We took our own car on the trip. Whilst in greater Melbourne I was tailgated regularly, cut off, saw people turning left from right lanes, right from left lanes (not hook turns), speeding, parking across two lanes at intersections, and one car parked (I am guessing broken down) in the middle lane outside the MCG at the finish of the cricket which caused some merry havoc.
What I have come to realise is that drivers are crap everywhere. Whinging about how bad Canberra ones are is a waste of time because there’s a fair chance they moved here from somewhere else anyway.
In Melbourne it took far too long to get anywhere so I’ll take Canberra roads and traffic anyday.
We stayed with some friends in the burbs. We didn’t have a set arrival time and when we rocked up at their house they were all out. Home security consisted of a fly screen door (unlocked) and car unlocked. We found out this is a normal state for the house and no one in the area bothers to lock their doors and crime is extremely low. There is also no government housing in the suburb or the adjacent ones.
It was nice to see that people can live in an area without the fear that someone will ransack there house. At least in Vic they have a good chance the offender will be shot whereas in the ACT they get an angry finger waved at them and are doing it again before the ink on their sentencing paperwork is dry.