MA­JOR­ITY NOT HEARD

Midland Reporter - - Opinion - JAMES DEAN, Les­mur­die. GIL­LIAN PRATT, North Fremantle.

IN re­sponse to Colin Coulthard’s let­ter “Ma­jor­ity has twice voted no” (Re­porter, April 11), here is yet an­other at­tempt at con­fus­ing a sur­vey with a ref­er­en­dum by peo­ple who have no idea of the con­cept of democ­racy.

There was no ref­er­en­dum in Kala­munda in 2015 con­cern­ing the ques­tion of Kala­munda be­com­ing a city and for those lack­ing com­mon knowl­edge of a ma­jor­ity, you can­not take 100 vot­ers gath­ered to­gether in a venue and say 65 per cent is a full rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the ma­jor­ity of the whole elec­torate of Kala­munda when the ma­jor­ity were never asked. A sur­vey is not a ref­er­en­dum. It is a se­lec­tion of a few by some­one who in many in­stances wants a cer­tain re­sult, so a known num­ber who have a one-sided opin­ion are asked in the sur­vey and that is a bas­tardised opin­ion of the mi­nor­ity, not the ma­jor­ity opin­ion. I HAVE re­cently been in con­tact with RAF 255 Squadron As­so­ci­a­tion re­gard­ing my fa­ther, Flt Lt Kevin O'Sul­li­van, who served with the squadron in North Africa in 1942-43.

As I now live in WA, they have asked for my help in seek­ing rel­a­tives of Ron­ald Vic­tor Weston whose par­ents, Ge­orge Weston and Elsie Maxwell Weston, are thought to have lived in West Leed­erville circa 1950.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion which may help, please email of­fice@255.org.uk.

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