Mayor Damien Ryan, a Labor man to his bootstraps, showed …

Comment on Motion carried for former Prime Minister, Jacinta Price to pay for council party by John Bell.

Mayor Damien Ryan, a Labor man to his bootstraps, showed his integrity and his political goodwill when he saw no reason to continue the motion.
Mayor Ryan was saying OK, the incorrect thing was done here but let’s not continue the animosity.
It is not to the credit of those councillors who insisted on pursuing this motion. The point had been made. The private citizen’s payment should have ended the matter.
But no, petty point scoring was insisted upon.
Mayor Damo, you showed your mettle. Councillors, you have not covered yourselves in glory.

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Motion carried for former Prime Minister, Jacinta Price to pay for council party
@ Whatacrock. Must admit, your comment on Chamberlain and appeasement of Hitler was drawing a rather obvious reference to council members trying to appease “make it all go away”.
Otherwise, why make the reference at all?
Another unfortunate comment relating to WW2 was made recently by a Member of Federal Parliament. Not necessary at all.
Now that this motion about political interference in council affairs has been passed, I imagine all future political involvement in council affairs will be a no-go zone. So Peace, bro.
This whole issue has been thrashed to death, don’t you think?.


Motion carried for former Prime Minister, Jacinta Price to pay for council party
@ Whatacrock. It is difficult to keep a straight face and enter into serious discussion with an unidentifiable Whatacrock comment writer who can draw comparisons between Alice Council naughty types and the world changing actions of British WW 2 leaders / appeasers.
Then again, we always did tend to think the world revolved around us Alicians when we were younger. Guess things never change.


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