Hold the line against forced council amalgamations

Julie Matheson


Forced amalgamations is a jigsaw puzzle with moving pieces.  The NationalsWA have withdrawn support, leaving just a three Liberal member majority holding the line on forced council amalgamations.  Thank you NationalsWA.

Mr Barnett made his announcement yesterday on forced amalgamations but is not holding all the pieces of the puzzle.  The council pieces of Perth, Vincent, Nedlands, Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, and Peppermint Grove don’t fit the family photograph he was thinking of.  And there’s the matter of Burswood in five year’s time.

Other pieces of the puzzle include:

  1. Legal action by Subiaco, South Perth, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Mr Ian Ker is due to be heard next month on the invalid process used by the Minister for Local Government.
  2. Mr Barnett’s Capital City Act
  3. Who will break ranks and withdraw support for forced amalgamations?

There’s not much to say on the legal action until it comes before the courts…

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