A wonderful phrase, is it not … “at the discretion …

Comment on Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor by John Bell.

A wonderful phrase, is it not … “at the discretion of an independent committee”… whose members remain nameless … faceless. The nanny state bureaucracy rules in this age of the tyranny of experts behind closed doors.

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Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Interested Darwin Observer. Admittedly, I follow the Alice Council from afar, but the way that the investigation of the complaint against Cr Cocking was conducted is pretty typical across local councils generally everywhere these days.
The blurring of tiered government responsibilities and charter is totally lost on the bulk of ordinary punters.
Councils are now a most powerful source of setting social political policy and forcing it on State governments.
They are frighteningly powerful in inner city electorates.
Jimmy is part of this council-power politicised cuthroat scene.
So he should toughen up, Buttercup, because there is be plenty more where that came from. On all sides.

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Fiscal emergency: Get rid of Ministers, says Opposition
Since Federation the bureacracy has gradually increased its influence on the Parliament, in a way that our Federation founding legislators never envisaged in their wildest dreams.
The NT experience is no different from the other States and Territories.
The staffers and their extension the departments are like poison ivy, climbing and choking the Parliament.
Prune them back and the good pollies will breathe and blossom, making their own decisions.

Alice has hottest day on record
Evelyne, you send a timely message of optimism to Alicians for 2019. It is most welcome, I am sure, to the townspeople as the Deniers v Alarmists heat up in the Great Climate Change Debate. My money is on the Deniers.

Alice has hottest day on record
Uh! Oh! Climate Change! Head for the hills!

Suddenly everyone is talking about 1Territory
@ Evelyne Roullet: Let’s face it. Bob Collins had a significant self interest in making that comment as a pollie representing the NT.
Was Bob and his fellow pollies’ failure to see things going downhill, even all those years ago, perhaps part of the long-entrenched problem that led to the sorry state of affairs now?

Suddenly everyone is talking about 1Territory
@Bob Beadman. That is a comment worth thought. But that was a long time ago – in a different world. Agree with you that Canberra is La La Land. However, the local pollies have had plenty of opportinities, only to blow it big time. In today’s environment, Territory administration surely can be effectively controlled by locals delivering vital services to give Territorians a good quality of life, do you think?

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