New pol­icy an at­tack on democ­racy

Southern Telegraph - - OPINION - Dawn Jecks Safety Bay

In re­sponse to “Alarm over coun­cil plans” ( 06/ 02), I too think the pro­posed new so­cial me­dia pol­icy is a di­rect at­tack on our democ­racy and I ques­tion the need for it.

In the un­likely event that any coun­cil­lor de­cided to “go rogue”, they are al­ready ad­e­quately cov­ered by the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment ( Rules of Con­duct) Reg­u­la­tions 2007, which in part states coun­cil­lors “must avoid dam­age to the rep­u­ta­tion of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment”. How­ever, the new lo­cal pol­icy has added a re­quire­ment which states coun­cil­lors “must not re­flect ad­versely on a de­ci­sion of the coun­cil”.

The words “re­flect ad­versely” are vague and open to dif­fer­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tions.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how each of our 10 coun­cil­lors votes on this pro­posed new pol­icy at this month’s coun­cil meet­ing.

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