Elec­tion will make the mean­ings clear

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

THE Gov­ern­ment has told us lit­tle (noth­ing) about how the met­ro­pol­i­tan coun­cil merg­ers/amal­ga­ma­tions/an­ni­hi­la­tions will save the ratepay­ers any money.

There­fore, we have to find our own ex­pla­na­tions. Here are some “def­i­ni­tions” to con­tem­plate.

“Economies of scale” is pub­lic ser­vice dou­ble speak mean­ing “I don’t have an an­swer ex­cept an as­sump­tion that what I say will be lost in the mists of time.

“That also means I’ll be re­tired be­fore any­one checks out the re­sults of my ac­tions. So, if and when it doesn’t work it won’t be my fault.”

“We are en­gaged in ‘nec­es­sary re­form’.” This is equiv­a­lent to “change is good”.

How­ever, never fear, I have found the sav­ings. By re­duc­ing met­ro­pol­i­tan coun­cils from 30 to 16, ev­ery time the depart­ment writes a let­ter to the coun­cils it will save 14 sheets of pa­per, 14 en­velopes and 14 stamps.

Mean­while, all coun­cil ratepay­ers will have to foot the bill for the ac­tual cost of “merg­ing”. That hardly seems fair, does it?

I would imag­ine other very un­happy vot­ers are wait­ing for the next State Elec­tion when we will ex­er­cise our own “economies of scale” and “nec­es­sary re­form”.

Deb­bie Hill, Lyn­wood.

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