Topic archives: local government

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

October 24, 2016

Council robo-calls ... fairy bread for breakfast ... how Derryn Hinch got elected ...

Dummy spit over Greens’ bizarre council preference deals

October 21, 2016 2

Greens candidates for Darebin Council are directing voters to preference other Greens higher than themselves, writes Crikey intern Rachel Robertson. And an independent candidate says that's not on.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

October 7, 2016

Brandis shares plebsicite deets ... hipsters sabotage Border Force ... inverse hedgehogs shamed ...

Mayne: can Robert Doyle pull a CloMo?

October 7, 2016 1

It's a Liberal-Green contest for Melbourne Council, but will Robert Doyle be able to keep his majority?

Failed attempt to oust Clover pushes us closer to populism

September 12, 2016 17

The failure of the latest attempt to dislodge Clover Moore from the City of Sydney mayoralty illustrates how big business is driving resentment against itself.

Councillors OK (in SA)

June 16, 2016 1

The loophole that gives SA councillors safe harbour from Section 44.

Can Shorten pull it off on July 2? Not if Queensland is any guide

March 21, 2016 3

If the Queensland election is a preview of the federal election, Labor should be quaking in its boots.

Will council mergers prove Mike Baird’s undoing?

Will council mergers prove Mike Baird’s undoing?

October 26, 2015 5

Mike Baird is the most popular premier in Australia -- but will the bloom be off the rose when he forces councils to amalgamate?

Mayne: as councils resist transparency reforms, time for state govts to step up

September 10, 2015 3

Defining transparency is easy. It's enacting it that's the problem.

Mayne: are firies and council staff earning too much?

Mayne: are firies and council staff earning too much?

July 27, 2015 7

If you want to trim the fat of local government, start by looking at how much public service providers, like firefighters, get paid.

Keeping Up With The Hockeys and other Hunter’s Hill problems

June 12, 2015

Crikey readers discuss life in Hunter's Hill and other issues of the day.

Labor giving in to Baird’s mega-council amalgamation

Labor giving in to Baird’s mega-council amalgamation

June 5, 2015 1

Labor seems to be backing away from its staunch opposition to the council mergers plan.

Baird’s Machiavellian ‘super-council’ plan leaves ratepayers to foot the bill

May 15, 2015 5

When it comes to merging local councils, Mike Baird has learned from Jeff Kennett's mistakes. He just needs to hope NSW ratepayers won't notice this change mostly benefits corporate interests.

Mayne offers cash for submissions scandal on City of Melbourne’s annual actions

April 17, 2015

If you can think of any new initiatives the City of Melbourne should launch in 2015-16, come along next Tuesday and make your pitch, pocketing $20 for your efforts.

Mayne: tabloid beat-ups discourage local govt transparency

Mayne: tabloid beat-ups discourage local govt transparency

April 13, 2015 2

It's time the daily rags stopped their contrived beat-ups of local councils. Instead, they should be focusing on a productive reform agenda to improve transparency.

Sydney voting changes not the ICAC distraction Baird was hoping for

Sydney voting changes not the ICAC distraction Baird was hoping for

September 10, 2014 9

NSW Premier Mike Baird's plans to bring City of Sydney in line with City of Melbourne haven't quite worked out.

Think global, act local: the role for councils in climate change

Think global, act local: the role for councils in climate change

January 30, 2014 5

State and local governments are going it alone on climate change. Australian councils are starting to follow, write ANU researcher Dr Matthew Rimmer and climate campaigner Charlotte Wood.

Time to embrace Australia’s colourful mayors

Time to embrace Australia’s colourful mayors

November 26, 2013 3

Not all Australian politicians are ex-lawyers and union hacks. Freelance journalist Henry Belot takes a look at some of the more interesting characters in local government.

What now for a referendum on local government recognition?

What now for a referendum on local government recognition?

August 8, 2013 3

With the change in election date, the referendum on local government will not be put to the punters. And public policy and governance expert Stephen Bartos says Kevin Rudd should thank his lucky stars for that.

Govt massaging the truth on local government referendum

Govt massaging the truth on local government referendum

May 21, 2013 6

The Gillard government is pressing ahead with its referendum on local government; a draft amendment was issued last week. But is it being straight with the public on what the change would actually mean?