Pres­i­dent’s pic re­quest irks sen­a­tor

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Times News - Therese Col­man

Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River pres­i­dent Pam Townsend has irked One Na­tion af­ter pos­ing for a pic­ture with vis­it­ing mem­bers last week.

Cr Townsend asked for the photo of her­self with One Na­tion Sen­a­tor for WA Pe­ter Ge­or­giou to be re­moved from so­cial me­dia af­ter learn­ing it was be­ing used for the party’s pro­mo­tional ef­forts.

Cr Townsend posted: “Can you please take this photo down of me with One Na­tion peo­ple. I do not want to be as­so­ci­ated with you.”

Sen­a­tor Ge­or­giou said he and his as­so­ciates “made the ef­fort to visit your shire in a bid to un­earth lo­cal is­sues which may res­onate in the State and Fed­eral Par­lia­ments.”

“As loyal WA MPs, this was our chief ob­jec­tive for the peo­ple that you also rep­re­sent,” he said.

“We had no po­lit­i­cal agenda and we are baf­fled and in­sulted that you would take such a stance in the po­si­tion that you hold, es­pe­cially af­ter you agreed to meet us and have the photo taken for so­cial me­dia pur­poses.”

Cr Townsend said it was not One Na­tion she didn’t want to be as­so­ci­ated with specif­i­cally. “I don’t want to be as­so­ci­ated with any po­lit­i­cal party and I would have said the same to any party,” she said.

“I was asked by our CEO to meet with Pe­ter and his staff in the Shire of­fices and I agreed for a photo.”

Cr Townsend said other coun­cil­lors shared her view.

“We are an apo­lit­i­cal Shire and we don’t run our pol­i­tics on party lines,” she said.

Pic­ture: One Na­tion

One Na­tion’s Colin Tinck­nell, Shire pres­i­dent Pam Townsend, One Na­tion Sen­a­tor for WA Pe­ter Ge­or­giou and Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Ever­shed.

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