The Western Suburbs Weekly is News Limited’s trashy local rag for Perth’s western suburbs – the posh part of town.
According to the WSW who bills its distribution population as “Affluent, well educated, professionals”, 74% of people in the area were born in Australia, the UK, or Ireland. 6.5% are immigrants from Asia, and I know from experience that racism is rife in the leafy part of town – there is plenty of resentment that “new rich Chinese” are moving in and taking “our land”, especially land in Dalkeith, home of Jutland Parade, which used to be the most expensive address in the country.
Western suburbs residents, being the most affluent people in Perth, are also likely on average to be the biggest consumers. There’s plenty of green talk, but this tends to involve driving to the Claremont strip in an enormous shiny black Jeep, then feeling virtuous about the organic hemp shopping bags.
The WSW ran this cartoon yesterday.
[Description: a fat Chinese caricature straight out of the Gold Rush/Yellow Peril racist cartooning tradition sits behind a large, shiny desk. His deskplate reads “CHINA STEEL Co.”, and there is a small Chinese flag on each corner of the desk. The picture window behind him shows a dim, smoggy sky with factories spewing smoke.
The man is holding a cigar in one hand and a newspaper in the other. The newspaper headline reads, “AUSTRALIA TO ADOPT CARBON SCHEME”.
The man is saying: “HA… HA… R’OSE AUSSIES JUST QUACK ME UP ...”]