The movie The Castle is used to portray the Australian lifestyle and values defended by the judicial system (Hayes, 2010). The protagonist represents the conviction of the average Australian man and his quest to protect his housing rights. He fought against the odds and succeeded thanks to his determination and his core values which align with the Australian law (Buckmaster, 2014).
The Castle and the contestation for housing rights in Sydney’s Millers Point share a similar problem, but they have different outcomes. The reality of Millers Point is less inspiring than The Castle. The desire for profit has overpowered the will of hundreds of residents to maintain their homes and neighbourhood life.
Miller Point historically has been a place of resistance and tension between locals and the forces of globalisation. This began with tension between European settlers and the indigenous Gadigal Nation in the 19th century, and more recently, with the sale of public housing mostly to foreign investors. As the houses are on prime real estate land, this decision was taken to increase the government budget to create more public housing elsewhere and to ensure development opportunities for Sydney (Darcy, 2014).
The book History Manifesto suggests that embracing long-term thinking will solve most urgent problems in the present and upcoming future (Guldi, 2014). The approach on Millers Point is an example of short term thinking, exclusion and unfairness because it excludes certain groups from the global city. Frederick Cooper highlights the side effects of globalisation in which global players take advantage of their power inspiring national sentiments among locals and negatively affecting the way integration is perceived (Cooper, 2001).
Creating global cities with a diverse perspective is challenging task with unclear solutions. Achieving sustainable development requires the guarantee of social justice along with economic opportunities (Agyeman, 2002). Sydney claims to understand the importance of creating spaces that ensure cultural tolerance and respect, while unfairly prioritising investors in the property market produce exclusion and elitist homogenization of the city. However, a real approach to diversity needs to involve inclusion strategies for residents from different backgrounds and incomes.
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