City to expand under ‘power of persuasion’

THE power of persuasion will convince other parties to pass a bill to expand Perth’s boundaries, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says.
It will be introduced in the first sitting week of parliament next year and will outline the city’s new boundaries under the state government’s contentious forced council amalgamations.
While the western edge of the City of Perth is yet to be finalised, the area will absorb the entire City of Vincent, the University of Western Australia, Kings Park and the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre.
The Nationals, Labor and the Greens have voiced opposition to the mergers, which will slash the number of metropolitan councils from 30 to 16.
But the premier remains confident the plan will be supported by the time the bill is put to the upper house.
“I don’t think it will be blocked — I think it will get through,” Mr Barnett told reporters on Tuesday.
“On merit, it should pass. There may be some suggestions of minor changes and we’re amenable to that.
“Power of persuasion — just watch us.”
Originally published as City to expand under ‘power of persuasion’

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