Behind the news: Rosemeadow NSW

09 Jan

Some stats, which merely indicate some dimensions of what’s going on and why…

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That’s all from the 2006 Census. Even such bare data suggest a situation rather more complex than the exciting images we have been seeing in the news lately, horrible as those images are.

I really think the shock horror current affairs infotainments and commercial tabloid news both electronic and print do far more harm than good when situations like these arise. They are pure parasites. They just love it when such dramas happen. They leap in there and stir and stir hoping the ratings will ensue for days to come… We comfortable people somewhere else get our daily fix of superiority and/or cheap thrills. We’d all be better off – people of Rosemeadow, police, and everyone else — if they stayed a hundred kilometres away, or presented the news (oh the horror!) without pics…. Perhaps SBS is an example by contrast of responsible coverage.

What do you think?

I am quite prepared to concede there are elements of dysfunctionality here which make life more miserable than it need be for the majority in such areas.


5 responses to “Behind the news: Rosemeadow NSW

  1. Benjamin Solah

    January 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I grew up in an area quite close to Rosemeadow, and have a friend still living there albeit in a nicer part of it. That whole area, amongst other problematic areas around Campbelltown and South-West Sydney, is characterized by poverty, unemployment and disadvantage through no real fault of the people that live there. I personally don’t believe that people can just will themselves out of poverty, or that there personal choices deem where they end up.

    So it’s understandable that there is a lot of frustration, even violence in this communities as well as the substance abuse that is a form of escapism during a helpless situation. Add to that the history of police harassment in that area, as well as Macquarie Fields. The cops go out there looking to pick on these kids for minor offences, which really doesn’t help to situation at all, which just ends up creating an environment where they assume they’re criminals so start acting like them. If that makes any sense.

  2. Neil

    January 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for that, Benjamin. I did remember that you come from the area and thought you might comment.

    I was most concerned in this post with the way it becomes “entertainment” in the media.

  3. marcellous

    January 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I’m just responding to the information part of your post. The detail is fascinating but the more telling aspect is probably sometimes the comparison with other parts of Sydney. For example, in Rosemeadow the tertiary education participation figure varies between 5 and 10% of the >15 age group. In Dulwich Hill, where I looked for comparison, (naturally!) the range is between 6 and 16%. Depending on the age distributions of the respective population, the real difference could even be greater when you consider that most tertiary participation is in the 15<24 age range.

  4. snuff

    January 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Dont be a fool, ive lived in a similar estate and the government was to blame for grouping them all together. the solution was too bulldoze and move people to seperate areas. I have also worked in Centrelink for many years and witnessed their bad behaviour first hand. Whats left in Rosemeadows is skanky ville, these people if we can call them that are not trying to help themselves, they bite everyone that doesnt give give give. They have never worked a hard day in their lives and bring their kids up to be even worse. Bulldoze those estates and move those that dont cause trouble and want a hand up to an area where they have a chance.

  5. Neil

    January 9, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I am not sure which of us in the post or comments is being a “fool”, snuff. After all, Benjamin also lived in the area and knows it presumably as well as you do. I live close to Redfern and Waterloo, and just down the road from major housing estates.

    However, you are quite right to say grouping all the hard cases together has not been a good idea. To say “people if we can call them that” is understandable in terms of how frustrating such issues must be, but doesn’t help much though.

    Question is, what realistically do we (by which I don’t literally mean “we” but those responsible for these things) do about it? Transport them to NSW perhaps? I was encouraged by what the Community Leaders have had to say in the last 24 hours though, and the elephant in the room too is that this is in many respects an extension of Indigenous and Pacific Islander issues, but there you have another can of worms.

    I still think the media make matters worse.

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