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Byron’s uncaring councillors show true colours

It’s a pity that more of the large gallery present for public access at the beginning of last week’s first Byron Shire Council meeting of the year didn’t stay for at least the first item of business which was Cr Dey’s motion to reject doing business with companies that abuse human rights; he clearly had those responsible for the appalling treatment of our asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus in mind.

Cr Dey’s motion was passed with some very worthy speeches in support, notably an impassioned and far-reaching but wholly relevant one from our mayor, but the responses from those who opposed the motion I found so offensive that I struggle for words to describe them, – narrow-minded, ignorant, uncaring, even xenophobic come to mind, certainly largely irrelevant; Cr Woods did at least try to address the motion.
This was a motion which gave councillors an opportunity to go well beyond ‘roads, rates and rubbish’ but apparently we have at least two councillors who believe these are the beginning and end of their role and are happy to say so.
Jenny Coman, Bangalow

 


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