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Who has the real power in council?

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I see that Basil Cameron claims the support of former councillors Christofferson, Hosken and Ermacora.

That’s funny; in more than four years of attending council meetings I only ever saw Hugh Ermacora there once – and that was only for debate on one particular item, the other two not at all. On what basis then do these people purport that Cr Cameron’s done a good job?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: unless you attend council meetings and observe who says what you really have little idea of who’s meritorious and who’s full of shit.

Let me go one further and say that I attended council meetings more than any other member of the public, yet for the first three years I didn’t notice that GM Graeme Faulkner was conducting parallel council meetings disguised as the Strategic Planning Committee, sessions of which I didn’t attend. These sessions purported to have the power to pass things that had nothing to do with strategic planning. In other words even one as assiduous as I’ve been can’t notice everything of significance.

As a supposed lawyer Basil Cameron should have opposed this farce on procedural grounds but instead went along with it quietly so as not to offend the staff or the right wing (same thing), presumably in the vain hope that he might gain a few conservative votes thereby.

As for Di Woods, I wonder where she got the idea that by law she’s not allowed to disclose the identity of her benefactors until after the election? Nonsense of course; the fact that she believes it merely underlines her naivety and her willingness to be somebody else’s obedient puppet. Even The Australian’s front-page promotion of her in last Friday’s issue – out of all the other council areas and issues – suggests that Rupert Murdoch sees political value in having a local reversal of the Greens’ fortunes, which he can then portray as a turning of the tide, I suppose.

 

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  1. The right have always done their thing behind closed doors because they know of they got out the people would revolt. As it is now with Wikileaks they have nowhere to hide anymore so their duplicity and subterfuge is hung out out like washing for all to see. The pity is that most of it is dirty washing which despite going though numerous spin cycles simple cannot be made white and clean again.

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