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Flawed policy comes unstuck

Colin Barnett’s decision to run up the white flag after his six-year campaign to rationalise the number of metropolitan local councils is effectively an admission that his strategy was flawed. It is also a triumph for self-interest.

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Mt Lawley
Peter I'm very disappointed that you continue to fall for the line that the proposed local government so-called reform was "to improve efficiencies [sic] and reduce waste". If this was the case, Barnett would have been able to articulate a business case for what he was doing. As it was, Minister Simpson gave the game away when he admitted that he had no business case and that the Local Government Advisory Board would assess the costs and benefits AFTER THE DECISION WAS MADE. The real reasons for his so-called reform agenda (and let's not continue to fall into the trap of calling it 'reform' - the essential nature of reform is to improve not simply to change) were to make it easier for state government to get its way with local government and to politicise Councils. One outcome of that would be to remove the local from local government. Barnett's real agenda is exemplified by his City of Perth Act, as originally proposed, which would have established an entrenched gerrymander to condemn residents of Vincent (including yourself, I think) to perpetual second class status, because, as Col said "You wouldn't want residents to be able to control the business district". Well, of course, if that's such a problem, why include them in the Business District Council in the first place. And as for councillors protecting their own interests, you should be aware that in all of the initiatives, including the legal action, that led to the downfall of Col's grand plan it was the community that led and councils that followed. Isn't this as democracy should be?

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