Western Sydney Transforms From Heartland to Heartburn for Labor

Western Sydney Transforms From Heartland to Heartburn for Labor

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A group of women chat while sitting on some steps on Church Street mall in the suburb of Parramatta in western Sydney. As new Australians move in, Labor is seeing the erosion of an Irish-Catholic culture steeped in trade unionism that formed the backbone of the party, which traces its roots back to the 1890s.