Ca­bal is deny­ing us our voices

Southern Telegraph - - OPINION - Dave Worth Safety Bay

Once again Mal McFetridge ( 19/ 12) has echoed the opin­ion of a great many of the ratepay­ers of Rock­ing­ham.

For too long now there has been a ca­bal of coun­cil­lors tip­ping out con­fi­den­tial­ity and call­ing it “pro­to­col” and deny­ing the true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the pop­u­lace.

If a coun­cil­lor can voice a rep­re­sen­ta­tive opin­ion at an open coun­cil meet­ing then that same opin­ion should be vo­calised at any time, par­tic­u­larly by the coun­cil­lor, oth­er­wise he/ she can­not be seen to be rep­re­sent­ing a body of peo­ple and there­fore not be judged on their per­for­mance as a coun­cil­lor.

Ad­versely, if he/ she can­not voice an opin­ion then peo­ple are be­ing suppressed in their wants/ needs.

This move­ment by WALGA con­trib­utes noth­ing to good gov­er­nance or jus­tice be­ing seen to be done. WALGA might want to be called an as­so­ci­a­tion but is in­creas­ingly look­ing like a union of con­trol freaks or worse.

It is not dif­fi­cult to imag­ine why Mal McFetridge left the coun­cil, which in my opin­ion was tragic.

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