Robert Brokenshire to create what he wants to prevent

Family First member of State Parliament Robert Brokenshire is conducting a very worthy campaign to remove any semblance of party politics that may exist at the Local Government Level. His draft bill however will actually bring party politics into Local Government by default.

 

I agree with Robert. There is no place for political parties as I see it in Local Government. Local Government is all about the community. Those best qualified to represent the community are those who are part of the community. Those with a heart for the community.

We would all agree that members of Political Parties must first serve the interests of their party if they are to survive. Pre-selection to run for an electorate is all about finding candidates who will serve the party first and not the public. A person may get into politics with the community in mind but they have to satisfy the “party”first. Mr Brokenshire would know that only too well having served as a Minister in a Liberal Government.

He is to be commended for showing leadership to clean up the anomalies that exist know in local government elections that allow someone to enter local government without declaring affiliation with a political party. There is no consistency in what current members can advertise and those who are running for office for the first time. Unless and until elected candidates running for the first time do not have to declare political allegiances.

Clean up the Act. Thank you to push to correct this Robert.

But please Mr Brokenshire do not include item 6 -amendment of section 29, which is to legislate that party political membership/allegiance is shown on the ballot party. I ask you to consider how many people vote for someone because of their membership.

This will surely actually bring about the very thing you are trying to prevent; the politicising of local government. Show many people party political identification and they will vote party political.

We will then find party political affiliation within the membership of a local government. And all of a sudden we have voting in Council along party lines.

That will be, if it happens, the death of Local Government as we know it.

Of course we cannot stop this from happening but we don’t want to be responsible for providing the platform to make it easier to happen do we Robert. Please remove item 6 from your bill.

I see our Mayor is on the same page as me. Checkout his blog post here.

Opposition shows concern for Cromer Parade residents.

The State Liberal Opposition, with an election looming in just 9 weeks, is showing concern for Cromer Parade residents, who feel the Government has forgotten them.

Wendy Chapman (State Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Transport), along with Terina Monteagle (the State Liberal candidate for the seat of Ashford) met around 20-25 residents of Cromer Parade and Millswood Crescent about their concerns of the audible warning device being used at the upgraded pedestrian crossing adjacent Fairfax Street.

For information about the ongoing concerns of the residents of this and neighbouring streets I refer you to the two posts preceding this one.

1 Wendy & Terina listening to groups concerns

2 The fence being checked by these 2 ladies is a sound attenuating fence according to DPTI 

It was pleasing to hear the Opposition Leader show an empathy for the plight of residents. It is something that these people have experienced little of recently. She made note of concerns and gave an undertaking to do three things.

  1. She gave an undertaking that Terina and her will continue to lobby the department about issues that this group of people believe are still alive.
  2. This would naturally include pursuing the object of having no more than an audible warning system rather than an ongoing intruder entry alert alarm, interfering with the peace of residents up to 100 m away.
  3. That a future Liberal Government would not rush projects through and would consult with residents about options that they (the residents) can contribute to before proceeding with projects.
On the positive side I think the current Government will be, or should be remembered for getting stuck into infrastructure upgrades. Projects such as the Gallipoli Underpass, the South Road tram overpass, extending the trams to the Entertainment Centre, the northern expressway, the south road superway duplicating the southern expressway to name but a few.
They will however be remembered for their Decide and Defend approach to their projects.
If the next State Government is a Liberal Government and they can achieve proper consultation that would be great.
Thank you Wendy and Terina in advance of your achieving what you have promised.