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The daughter of a prominent West End-based art critic says she wouldn’t be nearly well equipped enough to fight the good fight of low level youth politics if her father hadn’t instilled into her the humble sensibilities most commonly associated with Australia’s working class.
Manila Weatherly (23) says unlike the trustfunded elite that make up her rival party in the pointless echo chamber of university politics, she actually knows how hard it is
“My dad, was like, he worked really hard” she says, while talking about her upbringing in the Bohemian inner-city Brisbane suburb.
Manila says her father, Rylance (62) wouldn’t let the fact that he was too opposed to organised religion to send her to private school get in the way of her having a decent education at an equally ranked inner-city selective school just down the road.
She says watching him head out each evening to head to work, to peruse gallery openings, instilled a deep-seated appreciation for the working man, and woman.
“Eventually Fairfax gave him a column when I was about to start high school. But before that, he was having to play one or two gigs a week with his Go-Betweens cover bands… just to pay the bills”
He’d even set up a stall and sell mum’s hand creams and incense at the markets on Sundays… Anything to get by”
With the Australian economic divide now more evident than ever before, Manila says the Labor party needs to embrace their grassroots and penetrate these working class communities that stupidly vote for populists because they have bad educations and are latently racist.
“It’s not their fault that they are being mislead and voting for the wrong party. All they do is work in factories and watch sport”
“It’s time to connect with these people”