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Posted in city of fremantle, state government, western australia by freoview on September 17, 2016

Interesting to hear that Tony Simpson, Minister for Local Government, resigned from WA Parliament today, citing lack of leadership and policy.

This is the minister who properly messed up the local government reform and left local councils with tens of thousands of dollars in costs.

Councils wasted a year and a half on getting legal and other advise on amalgamations and boundary reform, and attended dozens of meetings, but at the end it came to nothing because the minister and his Premier were too gutless to see it through.

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  1. Ian Ker said, on September 17, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Not sure, in retrospect, how much of the local government so-called reform (aka forced amalgamation) fiasco was Simpson being malicious and how much his simply being unable to stand up to Barnett. Certainly the fatuous and false ‘economies of scale’ argument came from Col’s half-baked economics – I commented more than once that he must have attended the lecture on economies of scale but skipped the next one on diseconomies of scale.
    Simpson was the scapegoat for Col’s ignorance and intransigence..
    Simpson, of course, cannot be held blameless, even so, as he should have stood up to Col – that was the time to resign – but, in fairness, he was too new a minister for resignation to have had much effect.
    Simpson has performed much better and more consistently in his other portfolios of Community Services, Seniors and Volunteering, and Youth but these are not high profile ones and he has got little public recognition from them.

  2. bigjulie said, on September 17, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    The people vote it down because they did not want it.

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