Coun­cil block vot­ing a curse

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

I AM of the opin­ion that in the last coun­cil elec­tion the Townsville com-mu­nity demon­strated or voiced its opin­ion there was no place for pol­i­tics in lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Most peo­ple would re­mem­ber when t he old Townsville City Coun­cil used a divi­sional vot­ing sys­tem and all but two di­vi­sions were filled by La­bor Party mem­bers with a La­bor Party leader.

For four years the cit­i­zens of Townsville liv­ing in the di­vi­sions with non-La­bor Party coun­cil mem­bers then had no rep­re­sen­ta­tion to look af­ter their divi­sion.

De­ci­sions of the rul­ing party were ob­vi­ously de­ter­mined at meet­ings be­fore full coun­cil meet­ings and the dom­i­nant party then voted as a block to veto any pro­posal put for­ward by non-La­bor mem­bers.

It ap­pears to me that in the present coun­cil all pro­pos­als are put for­ward for con­sid­er­a­tion of all coun­cil­lors in an open man­ner at full coun­cil meet­ings and all coun­cil­lors can vote ac­cord­ing to their own opin­ion.

There have been many times when mem­bers of Team Tyrell have not voted as a block and all dis­tricts can there­fore re­ceive due rep­re­sen­ta­tion if the pro­posal war­rants it. KEN BOWLES, Mount Louisa.

Les Tyrell

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