THROUGH the bungled debacle of council amalgamations and mergers of metropolitan councils nothing has been more prominent than self-interest and vested interests of the local government industry.
The "right to vote" in any amalgamation or merger has been the clarion call of the councils and the word "democracy" was used copiously in defence of these interests.
In a front-page wrap to the Gazette's February 17 edition, Mayor of Belmont Philip Marks states: "My question was – why should the City of Belmont and the Shire of Kalamunda be forced to merge when our communities were denied their democratic right to vote?".
To me, it seems that "democracy" may perhaps mean a restricted "democracy" in the City of Belmont.