Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

THE plans for the Ako del­e­ga­tion trip shouldn't re­ally be a sur­prise to any­one.

From the very top ech­e­lon of gov­ern­ment, we have a Prime Min­is­ter who is de­ter­mined to bank­rupt the coun­try, so what hope is there that rel­a­tively lowly and self-in­dul­gent lo­cal coun­cil­lors will do the cor­rect thing?

If the es­ti­mated $35,000 for the Ja­pa­nese hol­i­day is cov­ered within the Global Friend­ship Com­mit­tee bud­get; what is the to­tal al­lo­cated fund­ing for this depart­ment? It must be as­tro­nom­i­cal.

A cynic might say that if Rock­ing­ham Coun­cil didn't waste our cash on this, they'll waste it on some­thing else. More to the point, the Aus­tralian Con­sti­tu­tion does not recog­nise 'lo­cal gov­ern­ment' and in two ref­er­en­dums, the last be­ing in 1988, the elec­torate re­jected a pro­posal for recog­ni­tion of a third tier of gov­ern­ment, i.e. coun­cils.

Aus­tralian coun­cils use the 1995 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act to grab prop­erty own­ers' money un­der the mis­nomer of 'rates'

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