Roger Seccombe, Bangalow
While I hesitate to agree with former Greens councillor Duncan Dey (Echo March 27), I must concede that, this time, he is right.
Having council committee members with a pecuniary interest in a decsion is a recipe for disaster – unless you are a neoliberal who believes in ‘develop at all costs’.
To ‘allow a council committee member who has a pecuniary interest in a matter with which the council is concerned to be present at a meeting of the committee, (let alone) to take part in the consideration or discussion of the matter and to (more importantly) vote on the matter’ is in line with the objectives of our state government: destroy the Shire.
As Cr Lyon says, ‘We can include… more onerous provisions.’ They must be included – to save (or at least slow down the lowering of) standards.
If ‘clauses 5.29, 6.13 and 6.14 “endorse corruption”’ this is also consistent with the premier’s neoliberalism.
Similarly, ‘ill-defined definitions applying to words such as unethical’ weaken any effective opposition to unethical components.