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'Older, crankier Canberrans' nostalgic for the federal capital pre-self-government

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13.01.2018

Ever-fascinating Canberra has a its own version of 'Ostalgia,' the fascinating phenomenon that has lots of older Germans feeling nostalgia for the way things were lives they lived in the old East Germany.

I will call Canberra's version of this syndrome 'Hodgmanalgia' and will explain my invented word (of which I am rather proud) in just a moment.

Yes Canberra has an ostalgia equivalent, still alive and well in the bosoms of lots of older, crankier Canberrans (I like to call this cohort our city's GDs, the Grey Disgruntled). It is a nostalgia for the dear little paradise the federal capital city supposedly was before the tyranny, the horror of self-government was imposed on us and spoiled everything.

Freedom and democracy were forced down ACT throats by the federal government with its Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988.

Hodgmanalgia is a good name for this syndrome because in the blissful days before ACT self-government every decision for and about our city was made for us by a federal government Minister for the ACT. It was like being an estate run by a squire. The personable Michael Hodgman was the ACT's squire/minister from 1980 to 1983 when the system the........

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