Kyle Sandilands is not the first celebrity to derogate Altona when he described Altona as a rathole (Ref 1). Jon Faine, a radio host on 774 ABC Melbourne, has said worse things about Altona during his interview with Jill Hennessy (now the Member for Altona) and David Strangward, the Greens candidate for the 2010 Altona By-Election on 12 February 2010.
Here is a transcript of the Jill-Jon exchange.
Crickey, an online magazine well known in Australian political, media and business circles, has said that Altona bashing is a classic Inner Melbourne snob pastime (Ref 2). It appears that Point Cook, Hoppers Crossing and Werribee are also targets of snobbish remarks made by people who look down on the western suburbs.
It is heartening that our Prime Minister has defended Altona and said she is happy living in Altona (Ref 1). When she moved to the Lodge, the Age had reported that she would probably check into a hotel, like her predecessors, when she visits Melbourne (Ref 3). It was with great surprise that I found out that she chose to go back to her Altona home on her last return to Melbourne.
In an interview with Wyndham Leader, she said she was still settling into the Lodge in Canberra, and that she had been back to her house at Altona. “The Lodge is obviously very different from the house in Altona,” she said, adding: “I always do have that sense of going back home and being amongst friends when I’m in the electorate.”
If Altona is good enough for the most powerful person in this country, what more can others say?