From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

POL­I­TICS sure is a dirty game. That sounds like a cliche but it is so true in the Whit­sun­days at the mo­ment.

We see it all the time at a federal and state level but the pol­i­tics of lo­cal govern­ment can be the nas­ti­est of all.

It’s no se­cret that the cur­rent Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil is in chaos – they have a big debt, there are people call­ing on the mayor to re­sign, there are calls for an ad­min­is­tra­tor and now Di­vi­sion 2 Coun­cil­lor, Kevin Collins, has quit half­way through the cur­rent coun­cil term.

There are people in the com­mu­nity, right across the coun­cil area, who have very strong views about the cur­rent coun­cil. There are also thou­sands of oth­ere who don’t care at all about what hap­pens at coun­cil.

It’s great to see that among those who do care, there are a lot of pas­sion­ate people. The pass­sion is great but the per­sonal at­tacks and mal­ice is just so un­ec­es­sary and a sad re­flec­tion on our so­ci­ety.

The vin­dic­tive­ness seen in re­cent weeks from both sup­port­ers and non­sup­port­ers of the cur­rent coun­cil is dis­grace­ful. A lot of people have taken to so­cial me­dia to make these at­tacks.

Those who are writ­ing defam­a­tory re­marks on so­cial me­dia should take no­tice of the case in NSW this week where a judge or­dered a man to pay $105k for lcom­ments he had made on Twit­ter and Face­book. The main­stream me­dia has to abide by the law but in­di­vid­u­als of­ten think they can write what­ever they like on so­cial me­dia. You are ad­vised to be care­ful what you say.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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