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LOCAL COUNCILS WANT AUSTRALIA DAY CHANGE

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2017

The decision by the Australian Local Government Association, which represents 560 local councils, to lobby the Commonwealth to change the date of Australia Day away from January 26 is a clear indication that the City of Fremantle’s decision to no longer have firework and celebrations on Australia Day was not a lunatic decision by some lefty socialists, but good and sensitive leadership that is now debated all around the country.

January 26, the arrival of the First Fleet in Botany Bay, Sydney, is seen as an insensitive date to celebrate Australia by many of our indigenous people, who regard the day as Invasion Day.

ALGA will at their July meeting decide what action to take, so stay tuned.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on June 22, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I am all for local government reform but how do we change tha apathy of voters? Bigger councils does not mean more people will vote at local government elections, so that problem will remain unless voting is being made compulsory.

    it is beyond me that so many people whinge about their councils bit not participate in their democratic right to vote.

    I have an open mind about most things because I don’t fear change at all.

    Roel

  2. Lionel said, on June 22, 2017 at 8:02 am

    The polls have been done by Mcnair and Survey Sampling International. You can pull your blinkers on and ignore them if you want but they are representative of public sentiment.

    “Less than 30 per cent of voters vote at local council elections, so dies that mean the elections are not valid?”

    No it doesn’t mean they aren’t valid as there is no mandatory voting, however it does mean they aren’t representative and further illustrates why we need local government reform.

  3. freoview said, on June 22, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Not sure what polls you mean. If you mean the ones put up by newspapers or TV stations, they are not relevant.

    We vote for our Councillors and then they make decisions for the four elected years, as we do we state and federal governments, amd yes, not everyone is going to agree with what our representatives vote for.

    Roel

  4. freoview said, on June 22, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Less than 30 per cent of voters vote at local council elections, so dies that mean the elections are not valid?

    Roel

  5. freoview said, on June 22, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Most likely everyone voted but the majority of councils did not attend. One can onlycout the vtes of those who attend and care to vote, as is the case in all elections.
    Local government gets under 30 per cent of voters caring to vote, which is so disappointing.

    Roel

  6. Lionel said, on June 21, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    No comment?

    What about the fact that “only 126 delegates from the 560 councils represented at the meeting in Canberra voted on the motion, which was passed by the slimmest of margins with 64 in favour and 62 against.”

  7. Cheryl said, on June 21, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    According to WA Today.com.au (21 June 2017) ‘In a narrow vote at the annual National General Assembly of the Australian Local Government Association, delegates approved a motion for councils to consider ways to lobby the federal government to switch the date from January 26.

    Only 126 delegates from the 560 councils represented at the meeting in Canberra voted on the motion, which was passed by the slimmest of margins with 64 in favour and 62 against.’

    This result could hardly be seen as an overwhelming majority decision. What a pity that not all of the 560 delegates chose to vote and represent their constituents.

  8. Lionel said, on June 21, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Nothing wrong with talking about it. What do you think about councils (who are meant to represent the electorate) voting to change a national holiday when all polls show 80% of people don’t want the date to change?

  9. freoview said, on June 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Everything in politics is controversial but that does not mean we should not debate it. If we did ignore things some find hard to talk about Aboriginal people might still not have voting rights.

    Roel

  10. Lionel said, on June 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    It is a lunatic decision by the PC brigade, all this illustrates is how far that mindset goes and how urgently we need local government reform.

    Changing the date is very devisive, and if it is ever successful (it won’t be because federal politicians know what the public opinion is in this) all it will do is create a day of contention. Depending on which poll you look at, 80-90% of Australians don’t want this.


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