Feb 22, 2013

Decision time for PM’s promise on council referendum vote

The Prime Minister faces a decision on whether to put local government recognition to a referendum. The Municipal Association of Victoria is currently hosting the debate.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

A hotly contested election is underway for board control of the Municipal Association of Victoria and the biggest issue for the 79 delegates from member councils is what to do with Julia Gillard’s promise to hold a referendum on constitutional recognition of local government.

Incumbent MAV president Bill McArthur along with key Liberal supporter Geoff Gough are currently in Canberra attending a two-day Australian Local Government Association board meeting where ALGA’s referendum position will be finalised. Timing is extremely tight as federal cabinet is expected to announce its final decision on whether to proceed with the referendum in March.

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3 thoughts on “Decision time for PM’s promise on council referendum vote

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx for this report, but I don’t understand why any supporter of local government would oppose their constitutional recognition except for the basest of partisan motives.

    Can’t the Australian Government fund local councils directly already as corporations following he Workchoices decision?

  2. Twomey Chris

    Wasn’t that a promise they made to the Greens (…which I guess means its out the window now with the agreement)?

    Surely thats a relevant fact Stephen…

  3. Edward James

    Stephen Mayne I perceive this as a third tier of government distraction! Ratepayers /voters like me may trust you personally, but formalizing the activities of local council when so many of them are more like parasites on our backs. I do not thInk so! BTW We Australians are the ones who fund everything. Governments fund nothing! Edward James

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