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Fast Buck$, Coorabell

Simon Richardson has always hated public questions that might embarrass the GM and his staff, which is why for a while he contrived to get rid of public questions.

In the past we only struck this in uneducated conservatives who often have an automatic respect for professionals wearing a white collar. ‘Such a polite, smooth-talking fellah would never, ever…’

At the last Council meeting Simon indicated that he intends to further restrict public questions; questions that were lengthened by the addition of the word ‘and’ would in future not be allowed, he said.

Clearly this is aimed at my questions, which usually seek to explore various aspects of an issue by posing a list of related sub-questions. Simon obviously sees this as a form of ‘cheating’, but he has nothing to say about whether staff ‘cheat’ by fudging their answers or by refusing to publish those non-answers in the

agenda as required under the Code of Meeting Practice.

The Code of Practice specifies ‘one’ question per person, per meeting; it has nothing to say about how ‘one’ is to be defined, or whether the mayor has the power to cut the question at the first opportunity.

I look forward to seeing just how silly Simon is prepared to be. On the otherhand, I might just organise 20 people to ask one simple question each.

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