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Would you like a local council? [With poll]

By johnboy 9 May 2013 25

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Prime Minister Gillard has announced a referendum’s coming on constitutional recognition of local government.

We are asking the Australian people to support a small but important change to our Constitution so that the existing practice of Federal Government support for local communities is formally recognised in our Constitution.

This will make it easier for the Federales to ignore pissant state governments when rolling out policy programs.

But what about here in the ACT where we have no councils.

Would you like a council? Ideally without formal parties and just part time?

Do you want local councils in the ACT?

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Henry82 10:43 am 10 May 13

Just expect to have issues hand-balled between an additional layer of bureaucracy

Gungahlin Al 10:38 am 10 May 13

Masquara said :

Gungahlin Al said :

Think of how much more sustainable the capital region would be if there was one government covering the whole economic, social and geographic catchment – from Yass to ACT to Bungendore. No more of the complicated cross-border subsidisation problems.

Well that’s all very well if you want a “sustainist state”. Based on this post, I would say that local councils might be something of a valuable bulwark against the eco-fascists.

Pathetic Masquara. Cherrypick one word and slag away out of context.
*Economically and socially* sustainable.

caf 8:24 am 10 May 13

54-11 said :

Yes please! If it means that the states will eventually be abolished. They are now an anachronism.

There is no chance that the states will be abolished in our lifetimes. It would take a national crisis of a level never before experienced by this country, such as occupation by a foreign power. There is no point tilting at this windmill.

Diggety 8:12 am 10 May 13

This is a hypothetical question though, right? The outcome of the referendum doesn’t mean we have LCs or not as a result (JB?)

Madam Cholet 7:34 am 10 May 13

From what I have seen local councils are notoriously corruptible, so would vote no.

54-11 10:33 pm 09 May 13

Yes please! If it means that the states will eventually be abolished. They are now an anachronism.

Masquara 6:28 pm 09 May 13

Gungahlin Al said :

Think of how much more sustainable the capital region would be if there was one government covering the whole economic, social and geographic catchment – from Yass to ACT to Bungendore. No more of the complicated cross-border subsidisation problems.

Well that’s all very well if you want a “sustainist state”. Based on this post, I would say that local councils might be something of a valuable bulwark against the eco-fascists.

Masquara 6:26 pm 09 May 13

Of course we should be suss of the feds wanting to bypass the states.

dpm 6:13 pm 09 May 13

damien haas said :

Community Councils do not have and do not seek any governing authority. They are community forums with linkages into ACT bureaucracy. Its an established model of two way consultation.

True. But why then do most people involved with a CC think they’re all that and then some? Hahaha! Can you please remind any megalomaniac members you are in contact with? Thanks!

Gungahlin Al 5:14 pm 09 May 13

I vote “Hell no!”
That said though, I’m really happy to see this referendum question raised. Local government around Australia have been treated absurdly by various state governments over the years. And they got away with it because local government has never been constitutionally recognised as part of the Australia system of government.
The next step is to merge a few into proper regional councils then banish the states.
Think of how much more sustainable the capital region would be if there was one government covering the whole economic, social and geographic catchment – from Yass to ACT to Bungendore. No more of the complicated cross-border subsidisation problems.

EvanJames 5:13 pm 09 May 13

I prefer the council model. The councillors are part time, they really are of the people, and there’s no government/opposition nonsense, they’re all there to do the job. The council staff are there through each council, and the councillors are the reps of the people.

You can have good and bad ones. Quangers council isn’t bad. Palerang is a basket-case. Haven’t heard how Yass and Goulburn are.

rosscoact 5:08 pm 09 May 13

Yes, let’s replace the ACT government with a council and have the policy development functions outsourced……………….. to me.

I promise I will be cruel but fair but that doesn’t matter because I won’t be elected and you won’t have any say.

Then we can give control of the hospitals and ambulance to the NSW government and the education system to the Victorians.

Local governments don’t get GST revenue except through the States so money might be a problem but that’s ok, I’m sure the states won’t mind kicking in a bit each to keep a local council afloat.

damien haas 4:51 pm 09 May 13

Community Councils do not have and do not seek any governing authority. They are community forums with linkages into ACT bureaucracy. Its an established model of two way consultation.

Ben_Dover 4:41 pm 09 May 13

We’ve got one.

steveu 4:15 pm 09 May 13

replace the ACT government with a council, yes please.

reduce state government to a minimum, yes please.

we are the most over governed nation on the planet IMHO.

watto23 4:12 pm 09 May 13

Given councils are renowned for slapping fees onto just about anything to make money to do things… i don’t think we need them.

davo101 3:44 pm 09 May 13

Mark of Sydney said :

johnboy said :

Another level of representation does not equal another layer of bureaucracy.

But how would a local council carry out its functions without adding a layer of bureaucracy? Unless it didn’t have any functions — in which case why have it?

Exactly. If all you want is a talk fest with no powers then we already have the Community Councils.

tim_c 3:39 pm 09 May 13

We’ve already got a local council, that’s all the “ACT Government” is in effect.

CybrarianPete 3:28 pm 09 May 13

“But how would a local council carry out its functions without adding a layer of bureaucracy? “

Regional governers will now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line.

Sorry. Surely someone was thinking it?

Mark of Sydney 3:09 pm 09 May 13

johnboy said :

Another level of representation does not equal another layer of bureaucracy.

But how would a local council carry out its functions without adding a layer of bureaucracy? Unless it didn’t have any functions — in which case why have it? There’s not much use discussing models of governance without discussing what you want the different layers to do.

With first hand experience of dealing with the NSW government and a local council, I wouldn’t be in a hurry to replicate that model — particularly in a relatively small, compact and self-contained jursidication like the ACT.

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