Carr Farr, writing in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 2 September, has stated that, ‘Canberra, the model city, is looking a bit tatty these days and in some parts it is unrecognisable, even to the local taxi company’.
Farr claims, and probably with good cause that, the city, under Stanhope, has become increasingly violent, increasingly expensive, has the worse health system in the nation, and that it is in danger of becoming a showcase of what can go bad in Australia.
All of this he lays squarely at the feet of our beloved leader.
However, to be fair, Farr does go a little overboard in his assessment of our city, stating that there ‘is a nasty hard drug culture and the involvement of bikie gangs in related activities’.
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Whether this is true or not I cannot say for sure, but I doubt it is any worse than any other city in Australia.
It seems that we are making the news for the wrong reasons. Or is this just another angle on Canberra bashing?
[ED – Thumper continues in what was posted as a separate story but I thought was best added here
Malcolm Farr must have had a bad weekend in Canberra.
Not content with his other spray at Canberra and Stanhope, Farr has also gone into print on the crime and violence issue, stating that ‘Canberra has been struck by an outbreak of violence and crime usually associated with much larger cities.’
However, the article seems to simply ramble on about anything bad that Farr percieves. For instance, that it ‘has become one of the most expensive cities to live in, with high taxes but crumbling health and education systems’ as well as ‘more dangerous than parts of Sydney late at night’.
It is alo the ‘the national car theft capital’, and ‘the cost of houses has risen at a faster pace in Canberra than any other major city on the eastern seaboard’, and that it ‘has one of the poorest functioning health systems in Australia. ‘
The rant seems much the same as his previous rant but like most articles, contains a grain of truth.
Has Farr taken up an anti Stanhope cudgel? Or did he just get a dodgy vindaloo here one night? Possibly he couldn’t get a taxi from the airport?
[Ed – Malcom Farr lives here in Canberra as the Tele’s Canberra correspondent]