A few points from one who lives all of 100Km from the CBD and who, after reading this thread thus far, thinks that many have been well and truly affected by all the smog they have been breathing...
1. In Australia, we have choices and such choice allows us to live wherever we bloodywell wish.
2. The 'urban sprawl' was well and truly sanctioned, indeed, influenced by past government planning - only the past 10-15 years has seen the focus shift, so predominantly, towards inner metropolitan / Docklands living - I guess someone had to pay for the transformation of the docks area into something, so why not developers and persons who have been sucked into the 'inner city living is THE
3. Not everyone wishes to live in high-density or even medium density areas, thus, refer to Point 1 (above). Whilst many simply cannot afford to enter the housing market in those areas. Now, we have elitists stating that they should receive less, or simply 'suck it up, princess' as they are not worthy of receiving similar levels of infrastructure / services do we???
4. Lastly, once people had been sold on the idea of outer urban living; the mere fact that their taxation dollars are of the same value as someobody who may live in Kew, Essendon, etc, ought to afford them the right to proper, functioning public transportation and safe, well-maintained roads. I wonder if any of the commentators in this thread are even aware of Thompsons Road, the volume of traffic it carries each and every day and that it is a very unsafe road for non-motorists.
Some people are so quick to judge and it may simply be an indicator of their naivety, or, perhaps (more disturbingly), their arrogance???