Calling for the abolition of elected empire building local governments.

Calling for the abolition of elected empire building local governments.

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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It is time to abolish/restructure the ridiculous “local governments”.

Local politicians are totally unnecessary, are aloof, mostly ignorant of their essential tasks (collecting Rubbish, maintaining local Roads, local facilities), are prone to corruption by Land Developpers, are pushy of irrelevant issues, and are often wasteful of tax money.

Presently local elected governments just try to extort money from residents to build their own empires. They pledge their loyalty not to the residents but to green ideology, to open border ideology that are all issues of State and National politics. Local governments need not to exist and should all be replaced by administrative officials of State Governments. While they are not yet abolished, it is now time to MANDATE that every of their yearly budgets needs approval by direct popular voting (over the internet) from residents.

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[2]. The Grass GESTAPO Is Out of Control: 30K in Fines and Potential Foreclosure for a Too-Long Lawn, by Dagny Taggart

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[3]. Council spending: Staff wages blow out council spending costs …, Sunday Herald Sun. May 12, 2018 9:00pm, https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/staff-costs-blow-out-by-500m-and-take-bigger-share-of-councils-spending/news-story/911e5c5c1c363fc569b48538deb79cc7

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[9]. https://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/104219388/council-tried-to-keep-multimilliondollar-christchurch-town-hall-budget-blowout-quiet

[10]. https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201861321/auckland-council-criticised-from-within-over-budget-blowout

[11]. https://www.zdnet.com/article/brisbane-lord-mayor-blasts-technologyone-for-au60m-contract-blowout/

[11b]. https://www.smh.com.au/technology/brisbane-city-council-it-contract-faces-potential-60-million-blowout-20170125-gtygbh.html

[11c]. https://www.cio.com.au/article/613210/brisbane-city-council-tech-project-faces-possible-60m-blow-out/

[11d]. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/news/what-melbourne-councillors-claim-as-expenses-funded-by-ratepayers/news-story/4c1fc9a3f4611f7d9e969ec0694ae4d6
[12]. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north-west/maribyrnong-councillor-sarah-carter-spends-100-a-week-on-phone-bill/news-story/e1313c18dc6f1746dd6ec42db658abf7
[13]. https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/government-spending-on-consultants-blows-out-by-250m-auditor-20171222-h09bso.html

[14]. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4874478/cornish-council-75000-poldark-pasties/

[15]. https://www.consultancy.uk/news/13514/st-albans-council-spends-12-million-on-consultants

[16]. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1210682/Haringey-council-spent-24m-consultants-failing-save-Baby-P.html

[17]. https://thestandard.org.nz/auckland-council-it-blowout-guest-post/

[18]. https://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/97201238/consultant-costs-drive-34-million-christchurch-city-council-overspend-on-personnel

[19]. https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/104922841/Govt-blames-public-servant-cap-for-blowout-in-consultant-costs-to-550m-a-year

[20]. https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/8300-research-trip-for-arch-called-the-springvale-asian-gateway/news-story/513d52517dc3ea8a1d734e8e9e553fe5

[21]. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-city-council-budget-2017-spending-rates-bonanza-replacing-roads-with-parks-and-malls-20170504-gvyl0u.html

[22]. https://vexnews.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/no-comment-melbourne-greedy-greens-party-councillor-stonewalls-over-junkets/

[23]. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/we-pay-for-more-than-1-million-council-junkets/news-story/4cbbaf2652d30269bcc1c2267ec7bfe8

[24]. https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5234712/mayor-wants-permit-to-fly-on-asia-junket-to-help-create-jobs/

[25]. https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5552345/debate-over-lake-councils-35000-international-study-tour/

[26]. https://www.smh.com.au/national/no-junkets-lord-mayor-packs-his-bags-for-trips-20091102-htgu.html

[27]. https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/council-should-consider-taking-taxpayers-japan-tri/3148138/

[28]. https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/council-reveals-destination-fifth-overseas-trip/3175149/

[29]. Council defends overseas ‘junkets’
http://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-chronicle8992/20140212/281908771038726

[30]. https://www.couriermail.com.au/queensland-ratepayers-forking-out-for-councillors-global-junkets/news-story/f4a4782b76dba20228631b433a8b02ea

[31]. VICTORIAN councils are splashing ratepayers’ money on overseas “junkets” instead of focusing on local issues, https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/melbourne-councils-under-fire-for-asia-junket-spending/news-story/bc7ec9b5b63991dc43f1cc09a0bcdd44

[32]. https://fremantlereform.com/council-cof/cost-of-fremantle-mayors-rate-payer-funded-junket-doubles/

[33]. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-19/queensland-council-recycling-dump-to-start-nationwide-reaction/9673370

[34]. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbournes-most-secretive-council-under-fire-20160622-gpp36m.html

[35]. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6172283/Council-Melbourne-staff-spent-330-000-taxpayer-funds-trips-year.html

[36]. https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5234712/mayor-wants-permit-to-fly-on-asia-junket-to-help-create-jobs/

[37]. https://fremantlereform.com/council-cof/councils-costly-world-tour-for-rubbish-junkets-continues/

[38]. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north-west/marriage-equality-moreland-council-flies-rainbow-flag/news-story/334d4b8073f79d045a27ace7e93920e0

[39]. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/more-stupid-council-waste/news-story/620156e34af89e0299a6e8675cf35134

[40]. https://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/news/commuter-bus-trial

[41]. https://www.opendemocracy.net/neweconomics/why-has-the-government-just-banned-councils-from-running-their-own-buses/

[42]. https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/nsw-councils-to-disclose-full-cost-of-sister-city-trips-in-travel-junket-crackdown/news-story/5e36c4d99a56f89c55d3672c190f7032

Added after 2019 Jan 21:

Council representatives do NOT want to represent constituents.

[44]. https://aceworldnews.wordpress.com/2019/01/26/harrow-flats-new-apartment-block-given-go-ahead-despite-locals-objections/

[45]. https://www.change.org/p/maribyrnong-city-council-review-reduce-maribyrnong-councils-outrageous-rates-expenditure

“It is time that the City Of Maribyrnong put a hold on all non-urgent spending and undertook a whole of Council review of projects, expenditure (one off and ongoing), head count and to actively look for cost savings to reduce the financial burden on all ratepayers.”

[46]. https://www.ratepayersvictoria.com.au/

“There are over 3 million ratepayers in Victoria.
it’s time they were properly represented…We lobby councils to be transparent and share all information possible with ratepayers. We seek to end the “secrecy” within many council operations. We demand less “confidential business” and more scrutiny of all council decisions, spending and outcomes”

[47]. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north-west/maribyrnong-councillor-sarah-carter-spends-100-a-week-on-phone-bill/news-story/e1313c18dc6f1746dd6ec42db658abf7

“There is a general problem in Victorian councils on how they are spending…”

[48]. What has happened to average rates and charges? https://www.esc.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/lg-outcomes-maribyrnongccfactsheet-20190520.pdf

[49]. Melbourne councils spending big on international travel …,
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/highflying-melbourne-councils-are-spending-big-on-international-travel/news-story/7bc6cf8a9e63ed1e8f9f45996bda1683

The City of Casey, covering the outer southeastern suburbs, is one council to have caught the travel bug, spending $55,000 in jaunts to New York and China this year alone.

[50]. Maribyrnong Council Rate 20% Jump 2012 – Home owning, https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1982393

Maribyrnong Council is completely inept, a motlier crew you’d struggle to find in a day’s march. There has been a massive increase in the number of apartments and town houses in the last 5 years or so and Highpoint continues to expand, so rate revenue surely must have grown considerably, yet rates are through the roof and services have been cut.

[51]. Blundering tradies forget to install ramps on new … https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7080571/Blundering-tradies-forget-install-ramps-new-driveways.html

The local council in Footscray, Melbourne asked the tradesmen to build new driveways. But they forgot to lower the curb to allow cars to drive smoothly on to the road.

[52]. https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/its-not-state-government-we-should-abolish-sydneys-councils-should-go-20170105-gtm8lg.html

the risk for corruption is probably much greater at the local level, where scrutiny is scant and developers are circling, than in federal politics. ​

The benefit to having elected representatives is that they can be pulled into line by the public….But this seldom happens in council life, and when it does, it usually concerns a swimming pool.

It’s worth asking whether the council chambers could be substituted with a Swiss-like system that allows the public to challenge decisions if enough residents sign petitions opposing them.

[53]. https://www.yellowvest.org.au/blog/lets-celebrate-australia-day-and-the-abolition-of-local-government.html

Debbie Robinson explains why we must get rid of the third and most obsolete level of government. Local councils are increasingly abused by divisive fringe groups and social justice warriors as political kindergartens, to the detriment of ratepayers and the wider community.

[54]. https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/designing-australia-from-scratch-abolish-state-or-local-governments/news-story/d145b9aa371ea06a81b2afdf4619333a

There is nothing councils do which could not be done by the private sector or hived off to the states under an expanded planning, environment, transport and community services department.

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