Mayor pushed into a tight corner
Tuesday night’s Subiaco electors’ meeting made it very clear to mayor Penny Taylor’s voting bloc that electors will no longer tolerate secrecy and misrepresentation.
But in my view the mayor has also managed to back herself into an ever-shrinking corner – on the one hand being politically unable to voice a strong opposition to the state government’s privatisation of the planning system (the root cause of LPS5), and on the other being duty-bound to do so by representing the views of electors.
Something has to give, and when it does I hope it will focus awareness on the real issue here, which is how successive state governments have allowed decision-making within the WA planning system to be quietly handed over to an unelected group of developmentindustry representatives.
Across metropolitan Perth, we are now seeing the disastrous consequences of that mistake.