Open pol­i­tics is good

Hills Gazette - - NEWS - NIGEL DICK­IN­SON, Goose­berry Hill

DE­CLARED, open party pol­i­tics would be a good thing for lo­cal gov­ern­ment. Most coun­cil­lors have party-po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions.

Po­lit­i­cal par­ties at­tract mem­bers be­cause peo­ple share their views on changes that need to be made.

If the party con­vinces enough vot­ers to elect their mem­bers, then both the will of the party and the peo­ple should be de­liv­ered.

What’s dif­fer­ent about lo­cal gov­ern­ment? Why should vot­ers have to put up with the po­lit­i­cal agenda that coun­cil bu­reau­crats in­vent to fill the gap that so-called ‘in­de­pen­dent’ coun­cil­lors can­not sug­gest?

We vot­ers end up vast wastage, like call­ing a Shire a ‘City’. Some lead­er­ship in Kala­munda Coun­cil might have de­liv­ered some aged-care ac­com­mo­da­tion by now.

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