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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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Would you like a local council? [With poll]
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.

Diggety 2:48 pm 09 May 13

Less government please. At every level.

c_c™ 2:34 pm 09 May 13

johnboy said :

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

Does though add an extra layer of partisanship and ego stroking, which is probably as bad. Just look at the low-life inhabitants of the ‘Community Councils.’ Northside, bitter infighting. Southside, blatent self-serving.

johnboy 2:32 pm 09 May 13

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

harvyk1 1:16 pm 09 May 13

Hell no!

That would simply be another level of bureaucracy which can be used to pass the buck…

HiddenDragon 1:14 pm 09 May 13

So that would mean bypassing the “pissant” ACT Government – right? This wicked federal plot is starting to look a little better.

I believe the idea has been around at least since the time of the Whitlam Government, when regional governments must have looked like a very attractive alternative to the state governments. If the referendum gets up, and even with bipartisan support, that’s still a fairly big “if”, it’s difficult to see to much use being made of it until the next Labor/Labor-Green federal government.

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