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December 4, 2021

Byron council candidates ‘Faustian deal with the devil’

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The naivety, or worse still, the desperation for power has clustered the independents Lyon, Clarke, and Swivel in a Faustian deal with the devil within. They are all preference flowing to the candidate who represents a major party that is still wedded to coal mining, fracking, and dabbles in the nuclear industry. It reminds me of the amoral attitudes in past state and federal elections throwing up a candidate with a miniscule primary vote not really known in the electorate and often with a misleading name.

Remember the ‘preference whisperer’ Glen Drury who made money out of stroking the egos of aspiring ‘minnows’ – it seems we have a similar situation. Has Mark Swivel swapped preferences with the ALP before his Independent fellow travellers? If so, it has the distinct odour of ALP head office tactics.

The Greens have preferenced for the community and environment, happily placing Cate Coorey’s team at the top of our list.

Only one of the three might make it to mayor, and their backstop is the ALP whose record, under Paul Spooner, has been development oriented. Preferencing the ALP before The Greens is a risk to the community, environment that they are collectively willing to take.

Ian Cohen, Broken Head, Byron Council Greens candidate


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7 COMMENTS

  1. Ian Cohen / Has been a Warrior / & Lived in Byron Bay since Time began in this ” overdeveloped ” Village …So Go the GREENS with Duncan Dey / & Team ! Not as corrupt as past Locals ! May the Hydrologists Win …
    because the Developers of Development are about to receive a very big Tsunami !

  2. The ‘Anyone but DUNCAN ‘ preference swap has really upset the Dark Greens , hasn’t it ?

    Oh Dear.

    GOOD .

    Nothing in the Green’s past record OR their current offering of Candidates , together with the total lack of Vision or Policies would encourage any thinking person to vote Green in Byron .

  3. Remember the greens selected in the past real estate agents who then sold them out. Not good vetting. They remind me of Monty python attacking similar groups but ignoring their actual antagonists.

    • The Greed Luddites haven’t done too well this time either .

      Invisible Duncan & the letter writer on one side .

      Sarah on the other.

      Cheese and chalk at opposite ends of the Party and only Sarah deserves to be elected .

      At least she is not a disaster waiting to happen for Byron .

  4. I had the privilege of recently attending a session with Prof Jennifer Hocking, biographer of the late great Gough Whitlam and responsible for Australia’s access to “the palace letters”. She shared her standout impressions of Gough including how insistent he was on the importance of being in office and the impotence of opposition. He should have known, leading Labor out of the wilderness after more than twenty years. What a reforming zeal we saw then, but also a display of the powerful influences that can be brought to bear to deny Labor its true mandate.

    “A major party that is still wedded to coal mining, fracking, and dabbles in the nuclear industry” now who could this be? The Labor party certainly has its Joel Fitzgibbons factions, but it’s also instructive to see the likes of Joel at odds with most of the caucus and leadership. To imply that Labor does not have a reform agenda in many areas, including climate action, housing and tax reform is part of the successful tactics that sees Labor successfully wedged between the LNP and the Greens, and in danger of being out of office forever. Federally and state level, I suspect this suits the Greens just fine as they see Labor as enemy no 1 – the party with whom they are in the fiercest competition for votes – evidenced by Greens rarely targeting sitting LNP members come election time.

    To ignore the line that Labor has to walk to have any hope of achieving office is nativity to the political realties of the national scene – to deny a difference between the major parties is disingenuous. Major reform can be achieved only from office and, as the great man himself said: “Only the impotent are pure”.

    I seem to recall a pile-on of correspondence to these pages when Labor federally announced it would not pursue its badly communicated tax reform policies of last election – all very low fruit and very opportune with a local election looming.

    I hope you get on Council, Ian – you’ll certainly be in my top nine of a below-the-line vote. I’d love to see your values, intelligence and forthrightness take on the BS that has confounded some from the past with less confidence. But I’d suggest that the Greens shouldn’t be surprised when others adopt political tactics too.

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