Be­yond their duty?

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS | OPINION -

THE tone of coun­cil­lor Ron Cooper’s let­ter, pub­lished Oc­to­ber 4, demon­strates ex­actly why the coun­cil should not have bought into the is­sue of same sex mar­riage.

He uses words such as sad­dened, an­gry, dis­be­lief, timid and of course love.

All good and fine, but at the very least, he should have ex­cused him­self from the vote since, prima facie, he demon­strates he was not ca­pa­ble of mak­ing a bal­anced and ob­jec­tive de­ci­sion as de­manded of his elected post. But I de­vi­ate.

On the gen­eral ques­tion of the coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tion, I don’t re­call that coun­cils or in­deed the Lib­eral Party, La­bor Party, AFL, Qan­tas, and all the rest of the com­pa­nies and clubs wish­ing to have their say ac­tu­ally are in­cluded in the sur­vey.

This is a per­sonal and con­tro­ver­sial mat­ter.

It might be said that coun­cil has the le­gal right to take up such causes.

Maybe, but that doesn’t mean they should, es­pe­cially when the is­sue is not re­gional-spe­cific or has no di­rect re­gional-spe­cific im­pli­ca­tions.

Coun­cil al­ready has enough lo­cal and di­vi­sive is­sues reg­u­larly brought to it

for con­sid­er­a­tion and res­o­lu­tion with­out adding to the list them­selves on is­sues pe­riph­eral to its elected man­date.

It might be said that the man­date of lo­cal coun­cils these days is much broader than roads, garbage, wa­ter, devel­op­ment, en­vi­ron­ment

and sewage. I sus­pect this has come about, if true, sim­ply be­cause coun­cils have taken that for them­selves when no one was look­ing.

This tends to hap­pen when power is given to peo­ple who don’t nor­mally wield power.

Or maybe, to be kind, they be­lieve they’re not busy

enough. In any event, where does it stop? Can we ex­pect the coun­cil to next have a view on eu­thana­sia when that comes up for the vote?

Reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion? Refugee pol­icy? Free­dom of speech? — Ian Robin­son, Ca­sua­r­ina


HEATED DE­BATE: Tweed Shire Coun­cil voted in sup­port of pub­licly back­ing a “yes” vote for mar­riage equal­ity.

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