I read Rose Wanchap’s letter in the Echo letters page online and all I have to say is, what a load of self-serving malarky!
Rose was elected on the Greens ticket and now she has resigned the party she should also resign her spot on council and be subject to a by-election on the basis of her new-found independent status. Otherwsie she is in council under false pretences. Anyone with a skerrick of principle and confidence in their place in the local political sphere would do the same.
It was obviously a mistake for the Greens to approach her as a candidate in the fist place as she does not fully embrace Greens policies. While she waffles on about social justice and sustainability she continues to profit handsomely from her profession as a real estate agent.
She then goes on to tell us how wonderful she is by publicly stating she gave money from her commissions to new home buyers. I guess if real estate agents did not charge such hefty commissions in the first place housing would be even more affordable in Australia. Coupled with the extortionate fees solicitors charge for minimal work and the other administrative fees from councils approvals regime etc the prices of homes in this country could well and truly be brought down. But the middlemen parasites in the food chain always want their pound of flesh it seems. This is what happens when you have deregulated markets and the anything goes philosophy of the “ greed Is good” brigade.
So Rose do the right thing. Stand down.
M Mizzi Ocean Shores