When a no vote actually is changing the status quo

Be aware that a no vote in the upcoming referenda will not maintain the status quo.

Normally a no vote in referenda maintains the status quo but not this time. In every referenda held in this country the item of the referenda is proposing change. Make no mistake ….. not this time.

Federal Governments have been funding Local Government’s directly for a long time, irrespective of political persuasion, Liberal or Labor. It has been a practice that all forms of government have accepted and it has worked well.

As I have said in a recent post the Feds at the end of the day control the majority of the purse strings.

At the upcoming election you will be asked to recognise Local Government in the constitution so that this practice may continue.

So a yes vote will maintain the status quo. A no vote on the other hand may, in light of recent challenges to the high court, mean that this practice will have to cease.

Be very certain of this. If you and your country men & women vote no then what the current practice is may have to cease. This can only mean funding must be transferred via the State Government.

And I simply ask this…..is this what you want?

Referenda Update

Further to my post recently on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government I have been directed by our Mayor, Lachlan Clyne to the official Government website explaining this change.

A call for constitutional change requires a bill of parliament and the website covering the bill for the Local Government Constitutional change sets it out simply and clearly as follows:

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Constitution Alteration (Local
Government) 2013
No. , 2013

A Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution to recognise local government by stating that the Commonwealth can grant financial assistance to local government, including assistance for community and other services.

The Parliament of Australia, with the approval of the electors, as required by the Constitution, enacts:

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So you can see for yourself go to http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/legislation/bills/r5071_first-reps/toc_pdf/13129b01.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22legislation/bills/r5071_first-reps/0000%22

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So please be wary of those promoting that this is about giving Local Government more power. As I said in my first post on this topic it is about being about to offer grants direct to Local Government and not having to pass it through the State Governments.

Hope this helps.

Controversial Cabinet Re-Shuffle has a twist to it

The focus of Premier Wetherill’s Cabinet Re-shuffle is on his taking on the Treasury portfolio but wait…..there’s more!
 

But in correspondence to us he has indicated he will also take on the Public Sector portfolio. He has advised he wants to work with us to make the changes needed to improve the services we offer the community.
I wonder what he has in mind and how much time he can devote to it.
Watch this space is all I can say!