Fast Buck$, Coorabell
When you address Council during public access, the elected councillors are allowed to ask you questions afterwards – but only on the subject raised during your submission.
Thus after Paul Jones delivered his views about the bypass it wasn’t legitimate for councillor Michael Lyon to ambush him on the subject of the federal election, yet the mayor did nothing to shut him down.
Councillor Lyon in effect ‘accused’ (if that is the right word) Mr Jones of being behind a poster that asked the quite mild and quite legitimate question ‘who is this person?’ Why so upset?
Interestingly, this was the first time I’ve observed Councillor Lyon being passionate on any subject at all, which probably goes some way to answering the question on the poster.
I’ve always regarded him as the usual inert substance from a political point of view; certainly I’ve seen little in terms of leadership or initiative that might justify his upgrading to federal parliament.
Apparently Michael believes that being a member of the Greens for five minutes, followed by five minutes as a councillor, is sufficient qualification for anyone identified as a Green regardless of actual performance.
For me the brand here is only a guide – often a misleading guide; it’s the product itself that counts.