From the editor's desk
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.