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Bagnall no ‘yes minister’

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It is a cause for celebration that Tweed Shire mayor Gary Bagnall is not a ‘business-as-usual’ man. In fact, in his personal life he is a very successful ethical businessman. His views at times differ from the status quo approach of other councillors and staff. I think this is a good thing.

The mayor is not there to be a rubber stamp for ‘business-as-usual’ ideology and should display a degree of independence. Society is continually having to think outside the square to deal with ever-changing challenges. The last thing we need is a ‘yes minister’ style mayor. If mayor Bagnall’s views are different, why shouldn’t he write his own media releases rather than having to correct others who pre-empt his views? How else are we going to find out what his views really are?

David Norris, Pottsville


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  1. We have a free media, we hope, to write what Mayor Bagnall’s view are.
    The free media was very free on writing about Mayor Barry Longland’s views.
    So we can at least expect a balanced view of Mayor Bagnall’s views from our media according to ethics for free.
    We are all paying rates and all of us don’t want our rates to increase in a free media or for the media to decrease in writing about the mayor just because we are riding a different horse in this race.

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