Robyn Archer got national media on Wednesday telling Australians to stop Canberra-bashing (do we care what Sydneysiders say about us? and Melbourne likes us heaps, thanks to our shared political history).
I’m not sure that we should welcome Robyn Archer’s attention. After all, she is responsible for the insult and travesty that is the Canberra “diaspora” website [canberradiaspora.com.au], giving anyone who has ever visited Canberra licence to give themselves “Canberra diaspora” status. Anyone with a basic command of English should know that the Canberra diaspora is Canberrans not currently in Canberra. By definition. Definitively.
Robyn, your website’s an insult to Canberrans, frankly. I don’t want tourists and parvenus hopping on the “diaspora” website claiming some kind of local status. Get stuffed!
Try spending a week in Jerusalem, returning to Australia, and then claiming that you’re part of the Jewish diaspora. Or spend a weekend at Uluru and come back to the East Coast claiming to be an Aborigine. Robyn: seriously, rename the website something along the lines of “I’ve visited Canberra”. You’re an outsider and you are embarrassing us!