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Every day, on Twitter, on Facebook, I hear of yet another imposition on “The Taxpayer”. This poor person is being forced to give up cash that has been earned from the sweat of their brow to support a lifestyle the rest of us expect. This taxpayer is truly a martyr to us all…or should that […]

Myth making for a progressive conservative

Posted: March 19, 2017 by admin in Uncategorized

Hi A lot of political messaging is about building strong and believable myths that people are prepared to stand behind and promote. I think this is particularly so for people who want to conserve what they see as valuable in their community, and in their understanding of what makes their country worth defending. So  what […]

A review of  Get Up, Stand Up Uniting populists. Energizing the defeated, and battling the corporate elite  Like many around the world at the minute I am watching the events unfolding in London and the rest of the UK loathing the senseless violence and greed that is being put on show. Along with that feeling […]

Background Prior to 2003 several changes were made to the Local Government Regulations concerning the types of investments that local councils were permitted to accept into their investment portfolios.   In general it was only normal bank accounts, term deposits and Government bonds that were designated as approved.    It is said that because of the pressure […]

Everyday democracy

Posted: August 9, 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

Democracy is something that we take for granted, but like all good things we need to work at it to keep it functioning well.  Wollongong residents got a clear idea of what happens when democracy is allowed to falter, with the revelations of the ICAC enquiry earlier this year, and the subsequent sacking of the […]

As I watch one the most lacklustre, disappointing federal elections I’ve ever experienced, I’m very tempted to just throw up my hands and give up. But instead of just moaning about what is happening, I thought it would be interesting to look at what would make a truly democratic Australia. Here are some of my […]

The Victorian Council of Port Fairy has had a residential devolopment refused on the grounds that it could be affected by rises in sea levels as a result of climate change in the future. The decision, which was made by an advisory committee to the Victorian State Government, is made on the basis that the […]

After a break, mainly to do with finding myself employed again, I’ve decided to update the Peoples Council for 2010. Now there is a People’s Council twitter which is on the left sidebar, and I now also have a facebook presence!  You can go to the facebook  site by clicking here. I’ll be doing some […]

Council meeting 20 October 2009

Posted: October 19, 2009 by admin in Uncategorized

Hello again. After a bit of a break, I’m back in harness and below are my picks for the October meeting of the Council. There is nothing particularly juicy in the agenda, although there has obviously been some work done with the Moruya airport on their leasing issues. You can see the report here,  and […]

This is a presentation I am planning to make at the Council meeting on 25 August. I’d welcome any feed back on what I had to say. Breaking down silos: Developing a partnership between Council and the Community Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about this important topic today.  At the staff […]