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Revealing 666 talkback: yep, that “consultation” is cynical bull****

By I-filed 21 April 2012 22

Caller to 666 talkback this morning outlined what we’ve sort of known, but have never had quite such firm evidence.

Caller lives near a small park in Chisholm. He said that the local residents were invited to contribute their thoughts on a proposal to develop the park with residential accommodation to a website (ACT Govt used to use Bang The Table, not sure whether they still do), and he and neighbours contributed their firm opinion that they’d like it to remain a park.

Caller maintained that he and several other residents had also written to the Government voicing same. He was astonished when the consultant’s report on the “consultancy” stated that there was “no opposition” to the plan and that residents are in favour.

The neighbourhood was so confronted by this lie that they organised a meeting in the park. NINETY folk showed up – and he said that was ninety signed-up adults, and the figure does not include children who were brought along. Caller said they are unanimous in their opposition, and many had already voiced this to the “consultation”.

ACT Government have managed to wriggle away from complaints so far about their fake consultations. I’d like to see their defence this one, which sounds pretty clear-cut and a case of dishonesty.

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EvanJames 12:58 pm 23 Apr 12

“Consultations” are the bit they tack on. They scope out the project, get it rolling, have a time-line and a budget… the consulatation at best is a chance for them to guauge where the main sticking-point will be, what will be opposed the strongest and what the objections are. They never have the slightest intention of making major changes or actually not continuing with it.

Usually though, consultation is just a box to tick along the way. They’re already proceeding when the consultation phase closes.

Yes it’s a joke, they think we’re stupid and will continue to play along.

madamcholet 9:46 am 23 Apr 12

tommy said :

Really you have to treat ‘consultation’ as the ability to voice your opinion in an organised manner as part of the greater process. If you are betting the farm that ‘consultation’ is a popularity poll or a vote, then probably going to be disappointed in those kind of processes.

A while back I had some brief consultation with ACT Govt about a foot path going down our street, a few people said they didn’t want the foot path. Everyone still got a foot path in front of their house. For those who engaged with the consulting, we got the storm water run off issues fixed at the same time and a refreshed driveway (the verge bit not the whole lot).

Do you live in my street? Doesn’t affect me as I ive on a side of my street that has not got a new footpath, however what I see as I drive past is that residents park on it illegally and block pedestrian access, meaning that they have to walk on the road to get around all the vehicles. Previously the paved area was a nature strip where cars could be easily parked. Good move.

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