Jill Hennessy: Well Jon, there’s a reason that people are moving in droves to this part of the western suburbs, it’s because it’s a terrific place to live.
Faine: Why? In what way? Name the best thing about Altona.
Hennessy: Well, we have great …
Faine (interrupting): It’s industrial, it gets the fumes from the industrial zones wafting across it. It’s not a very attractive area and never has been and never will be.
Hennessy: Oh well Jon, I don’t know what parts of the Altona electorate you’ve been down to look at, but there’s the gorgeous bay along Altona, there’s fabulous wetlands …
Faine (interrupting): They’re spoiled, it’s the worst part of the bay.
Hennessy: There’s Cherry Lands (sic)and there’s fabulous vibrant communities throughout the entirety of the electorate.
Faine: It’s cheap real estate, that’s the only reason people look to it, come on.
Hennessy: Well Jon, people are entitled to access affordable housing and as this community grows it is absolutely essential we continue to invest in community infrastructure to ensure that the west is a livable part of Melbourne. Melbourne has again been identified as the world’s third most livable city.
Faine: most of the area you represent — there are some houses that sell for a lot of money with water views — but the rest of it is cheap real estate for people who are getting a foothold in the ‘own your own home’ market.
At the end of the interview — which admittedly did also focus on political laziness by the Labor government accustomed to the safe Labor west — Faine gave a small disclaimer about his initial rudeness.
Some of the “pressure” may have sounded more like blatant cheap insults, but don’t be confused, he was just being a hard-hitting journo.