Freo's View

WHY BAN DEVELOPERS FROM LOCAL COUNCILS?

 

From The Australian

 

The news that the NSW government is drafting amendments to the legislation to ban property developers, real estate agents, and their associates from being elected to local councils is rather outrageous and most likely unconstitutional. No surprise though that there are people in WA who believe we should introduce it here as well

Since when did these professions become illegal activities and make those professionals not proper enough to stand for local government, and why should we stop there? Maybe make architects and builders also the enemies of the community and ban them as well, or anyone who migrated, people from foreign cultures, people who are not blonde and blue-eyed, or just anyone we disagree with.

Real estate agents and developers have the same human rights to vote and be elected as everyone else in our country. As far as I know even outlawed bikies could be elected on local councils or other forms of government.

It is rather remarkable that a government wants to ban those people who invest in developing our communities, because governments have neither the means nor the commitment to build new urban infill and outer suburbs, so why should those who do that not be part of the decision making?

Fremantle had two solid Councillors in Bill Massey and John Alberti, who both are real estate agents, and from my observation neither of them ever abused that position for personal gain. Councillors have the duty to declare a conflict of interest and are excused from participating in the debate and voting when they do so, so there is no reason to ban the professions the NSW government wants to exclude.

It is extremely dangerous to start banning law-abiding people from being elected to government. It is fascism really.

Roel Loopers

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