Holiday letting causes a lot of problems locally and is clearly illegal. Instead of trying to stop the practice or force the state government to act, the Greens councillors are bending over backwards to find a way to make it legal, oblivious to the fact that a form of their current precinct ruminations was decisively knocked back by the state government years ago. They are wasting a lot of ratepayers’ resources on trying to appear as though they are doing something, when all their efforts are doomed to failure.
Then there’s the question of so-called ‘street-camping’. The Greens know perfectly well that sleeping in your car is not illegal, having obtained clear legal advice to that effect, yet not only have they lobbied the state government to change the law but they routinely bullshit visitors with ‘targeting street-campers’ electronic signs. Jan Barham, to her eternal shame, once actually came out and said what the local burghers think: these people don’t spend any money here.
Well in 1967 I came to Byron on a road trip from Melbourne with my girlfriend, sleeping in a car on the way to save money.
We had a right to be on any Australian public road at the time, not necessarily in a state of consciousness, and that right remains. I don’t know where the local bourgeoisie get the idea from that they own all the public space in the shire and are entitled to exact tribute from those who enter.
Nor do I understand the morality behind those warning signs that constitute a willful and knowing lie.
If that is not sufficient to demonstrate that the Greens are the unthinking captives of the local privileged class consider Cr Dey’s naive motion last council meeting opposing the granting of a takeaway liquor licence to Aldi.
Expressly acting on the prompting of local Liquor Accord members (otherwise known as the Booze Barons’ Cartel), Cr Dey came out arguing that Aldi would lower the cost of getting drunk – and therefore contribute (in some unspecified way) to alcohol violence.
What about those who merely want to more cheaply have a tipple, a celebratory drink, a toast, a nightcap? Aldi closes at 6.30pm; its stocklist is mainly of unfashionable brands that aren’t promoted in any way, and at the Lismore branch of Aldi every customer I’ve seen while buying booze there is over 40 and is clearly poor.
It’s just as well there are the odd credible Greens representing in Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania, isn’t it? I despair of the locals.
Fast Buck$, Coorabell