All politics is local in western Sydney

There’s an alliance of nearly all the uni talents

Apparently, Parramatta, in western Sydney, “is set to become a global destination for educational excellence.”

And there’s a new alliance, assembled by the city council to make it happen. Members are, Western Sydney U, Uni Sydney, UNSW, UNE, Swinburne U and the Western Sydney Local Health District – all of which have a teaching presence in the city, or the big medical research hub at adjacent Westmead.

But where is Australian Catholic U, which has a big base in Greater Western Sydney? It’s in splendid isolation, with a brand-new campus in the nearby local LGA of Blacktown.