This is the personal blog of Ian Ker, who was Councillor for the South Ward of the Town of Vincent from 1995 to 2009. I have been a resident of this area since 1985. This blog was originally conceived as a way of letting residents of Vincent know what I have been doing and sharing thoughts on important issues. I can now use it to sound off about things that concern me.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dadour Provision Safe - For Now - But Minister Calls It Anti-Democratic

In a stunning piece of linguistic gymnastics, the WA Minister for Local Government, Tony Simpson, has labelled the Dadour provision of the Local Government Act as being 'contrary to the principle of democratic local government'.

At the same time, he has introduced legislation on his so-called local government reform that leaves this provision intact - presumably on the basis that attempting to remove it would be too unpopular to succeed. In other words, most people want to retain it - sounds like democracy to me.

The threat of an attempt to remove the Dadour provision is still there - but not until next year, it seems.

Interestingly, at the time of writing this blog (5pm) there is no media release on the Minister's website.

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