Guest post from my mate Chris who hates himself so much he decided to live in Melbourne for over three decades:
I’ve been a Melbourne resident for more than 30 years, and given how quickly the state has imploded I’m now planning to finally become a permanent expat.
The past few weeks we’ve seen relentless ‘calls’ for people to come back to the Melbourne CBD. Most of these appear to be from commercial landlords, union related super funds and property developers losing money on rents and private owners of poorly constructed dogbox apartments for international students that are mostly untenanted.
I say, fuck ‘em.
The decline of Melbourne has been noticeable in the past 10-15 years, with the COVID lockdowns really pulling the rug out of the façade of the ‘most liveable city’ tag. I was always of the opinion that ‘most liveable’ cringe tag was a completely rigged, expensive PR campaign by certain industries (international students and property developers) to fuel the migration-real estate-debt ponzi that Melbourne is built off of. Now that’s imploded (for now anyway) and I say good.
The other wildcard on the table is the whole Work From Home thing. How many people won’t come back full-time tot he office is an interesting debate point, and will a percentage of Work From Home roles become Work From New Dehli? On the other side, it also gives the real estate lobby an excuse to infill the suburbs, case in point the whole suburban rail loop thing.
In my opinion, peak Melbourne was late 90’s or early 2000’s. About 3 million people, affordable housing, none of the high-rise apartment stupidity and fuck all migration. Traffic was busy but manageable. You could still buy a house somewhat affordably.
From about 2006 onwards it started to noticeably decline and I would say the last 7 years pre-COVID, from about 2013 onwards, the city was nosediving into a shithole.
Others have commented that the only silver lining in the whole COVID debacle was the hiatus in the migration being shoved down our throats because ‘muh GDP and house prices.’ Whether immigration comes back at the same pace as before (I personally doubt it) remains to be seen, but I agree with this assessment.
This hiatus has, in my opinion, revealed the Melbourne CBD for what it has become – a cosmopolitan, globalist shithole of soulless consumerism at the expense of the locals and for the benefit a few billionaires in Toorak, Caufield and Brighton.
The state died in the 80’s with Cain/Kirner and was finished off with Kennett selling everything off so that now there is nothing but property development and property development to drive the economy. Melbourne has been here before in the 1890’s with the gold rush, however the level of debt now is far worse. The city and state is now in the same position as the Cain government, sans the assets we owned before it.
The Melbourne City Council is basically all property developers, beginning with Australia’s worst diversity hire ever in Sally Capp, formerly of the Property Council of Australia. Then there’s former Jullia Gillard advisor Nick Reece, a total beta simp who is on the board of the University of Melbourne and whose sole job is to bring back international students because he has no other skills.
A realistic trip in to the Melbourne CBD these days basically involves being stuck in traffic due to bike lanes that aren’t used and construction stoppages everywhere, trying not to collide with third world delivery drivers bringing food to international students in high rise towers and then stepping over homeless, forgotten Australians. Throw in a planned second injecting room (purely being done to drive down asset values in my sceptical mind) with brothels legal to be placed anywhere and there you go.
Don’t also forget the dumping of e-scooters everywhere, which is far more ‘environmental’ than dumping the e-bikes from a couple of years ago. And then there’s the whole great replacement migration thing, which makes you feel like the only white person in the city (because you know we need to turn Australia into another overpopulated, authoritarian Asian shithole. Guess I just answered my own question).
The only people I feel sorry for are the long term, small and medium enterprises have been run into the ground and strong armed into closing down by Andrews and co. I don’t feel sorry for the shitty retailers and Asian restaurants that have sprung up by the hundreds purely to service international students. Fuck them, how many mediocre Korean BBQ places employing slave labour does the average cosmopolitan tosser from Northcote need?
Overall, I believe Melbourne is intentionally being run into the ground so it can be ‘built back better’ given the amount of globalist think tanks, programs and billionaires that live here and carry these things out. I draw a lot of parallels with Melbourne and New York City or San Francisco in terms of the progressive, globalist bullshit being carried out and tested here. Although, Melbourne really is the budget version of those two cities.
A rant for another time.
Can they at least bring back the Chinese beggars for a more diverse, inclusive third world CBD?