Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.

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