The ‘Greening’ of Australia

My grandparents house in Holland.

My grandparents house in Holland.

If greening means anything al  it should at least include the colour green. Gardens that are filled with concrete and pebblecrete are often seen as lacking in some growth of  an organic nature. The inner city suburbs that now exclude anyone without a spare couple of millions, were the first to be bought up by migrants from Italy ,Greece and later on from the  former war torn Yugoslavian countries. While many liked their houses to have some garden, many did not.  Some felt it was a sign of prosperity and of having ‘arrived’ not having to grow vegetables on every square inch of land anymore like back home. Concrete was easy and cheap and it would keep the car parked very nice and clean as well.  They did not migrate to Australia having to continue growing tomatoes, potatoes and zucchini like back home just to stave off hunger and bendy legs. They were now well beyond poverty that they had left behind. A clean start with a concrete yard was the aim of many.

With time passing and migration from Europe slowing down the inner city suburbs with the concreted-over yards became fashionable as the original migrants got old, and as is the norm, ended up below some green grass despite their fear of it. Fading plastic flowers now biding time and keeping watch over the many Luigi’s , Nestors, Marias and so many black cladded eternally mourning Donnas.  .It has come to pass even to the best of them, irrespective of a green or grey priority. We will all end up bleached boned and push up cheerful  nodding daisies. A new and far more moneyed class are buying up the inner city houses, pushing up prices to unbelievable levels. Two million dollars for a 2 bedr. worker’s cottage is now the norm. Those poor Sicilians leaving Messina for Leichhardt or Balmain could not have foreseen that the  $ 600.- back in 1950s would turn into a couple of million some sixty years later.

A different greening is now beholden of so many. No more apparent than at last Saturday’s voting for a state government. The same party did not get booted out as was hoped as they should have, but the Green party with future more in mind than all the others combined gave some hope for this voter. As a member I had volunteered to hand out how to vote for the Green party. After arrival at 8am sharp a Green member was unfolding a little table on which to spread out the literature of what they stand for; anti coal seam gas extraction (fracking), anti coal mining and anti selling the ‘poles and wires’ leases  for 49 years. And for me their main stand on humane handling of refugees.  ‘Fracking’ seems to give the game away just by sheer use of that unknown verb. It is not even in the dictionary. That says a lot already! I mean, how can a worker get home and tell his loving wife; I have done some good fracking today dear, while taking his boots off.

I had a very social time and all the volunteers seemed a happy lot, no matter what party or creed they stood for. We soon crossed over and started talking and…get this…a Liberal party member volunteered to get coffees from the local café just around the corner from where the voting took place. There was not a hint of animosity or rancour. We were all joking and laughing, bonhomie galore. It makes one think that on a level of just ‘normal’ people  getting together there are no problems that could not be solved over a friendly latte, but once they form into different and separate groups and parties, the rot seems to set in.

It might be too simplistic a notion but would banning political parties ( except the Greens)make things better or at least ban Prime Ministers like Abbott or Howard?

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14 Responses to “The ‘Greening’ of Australia”

  1. rod Says:

    How would things work after that – referenda on each individual issue? Conducted via smart phones?


  2. bkpyett Says:

    Great post, and if only people could work together for the good of the country! I’m sure there must be some pollies that could do it.
    I’m glad you enjoyed your experience of handing out how to vote forms. The Greens did relatively well, I think. Their time will come.

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  3. Rosie Says:

    Great to hear you have joined the Greens – the only Party with any morals.


  4. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Now you are green but not with envy. Sounds as if, on that particular voting day, people were able to put their differences aside and act in a civil manner.

    I think that it is true of many cities where the inner core is allowed to disintegrate or fall into disfavor. Then many years later a 360 happens and all of a sudden downtown is popular once again with the in-crowd, the yuppies, and those that have money. The have-nots of course do not figure in with this new found way of living.

    The same thing is going on here in my town. Once downtown was shunned for suburbia and shopping malls. Now numerous old building have been transformed into desirable homes for those that have money. Remarkable, indeed.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, take away leaders and you have people that seem to want to get on. Leaders are always or most times at pains to point out faults in others with differing points of view. You then get discontent and next you have war.

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  5. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    As Dr. A says “Why can’t we all just get along?” BTW your grandparents home looks delightful.


  6. M-R Says:

    Yes, this is simplistic in the extreme; but nonetheless so attractive a concept. Which, of course, can’t work: you couldn’t have everyone without any common tie or parliament would turn into a hooling mass of arguments. Come to think of it …

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  7. stuartbramhall Says:

    Australia wouldn’t be having half the problems with drought and flooding, if they would dig up the concrete and restore the natural habitat. Rain that falls on concrete immediately runs off, causing flooding followed by drought. A natural landscape consisting of trees and shrubs allows water to soak in and be preserved in the landscape.

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  8. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    My daughter is planning to vote for the UK Green party in the forthcoming election. As far as I know we have no Green candidate in our area and sadly, when people are interviewed about what matters to them in the election, the environment doesn’t seem to feature. I guess the problem is just too big.

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  9. Patti Kuche Says:

    Politics reminds me a little, actually a lot, of WWF, the wrestling outfit – all the moves and winners worked out behind the scenes but going through the moves to keep the punters happy. Or not!


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