Unfair playing field
THERE seems to be a common theme of community outrage with the secrecy and privilege displayed by the Hodgman Government. Think these examples: the Westbury jail debacle, the rezoning of land at Huntingfield to Inner Residential, the selling off of Tasmania to foreign buyers, wilderness development, and now facial recognition (“Freedoms killed by a thousand cuts,” Talking Point, November 5)! In addition the community concerns regarding the Government’s Expressions of Interest, and the Projects of State Significance legislation, both of which allow the Government to withhold information from the public and give them additional powers.
Community outrage, community costs in financial terms plus the time, stress, effort and energy required to oppose secret government initiatives (which the community have been unaware of until the end stage), can be daunting to say the least. Throw in the Government’s intransigence in the community consultation process, and we have a somewhat unfair playing field. However, to be labelled a “member of the anti-everything brigade” or a NIMBY by a member of the Hodgman Government should be seen as a badge of honour! Chris Needham Kingston