Business Specialist CFP | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser
The dangers from Council Amalgamation are complex and interrelated. At the highest level there is the role of local governments and their constitutional status, at the lowest level is the myriad of ways we relate to them and our suburb. As with any complex matter it’s valuable to consider the elements of the problem separately.
The WA Constitution says that the legislature (Parliament; by passing law) has the power to constitute local governments. However, despite the Liberal Party having a majority in both houses, Parliament has refused to consider changes to the law sought by the Barnett Government that would allow it to re-constitute metropolitan local governments.
The Government of the day answers to the people, as do local governments, it is very significant for a WA Government to attempt to circumvent the law. Respect for the law and the ultimate sovereignty of the people is a fundamental, it…
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