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Handling of Fremantle’s ‘tent city’ highlights hypocritical stance of government

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Since being elected, our government has been reviewing the Local Government Act, and over that entire period, it has been heading towards reducing its constitutional obligation to maintain a system of democratically elected local governments.

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The minister said in Parliament on June 25, 2020: “What has become very apparent to me having been the Minister for Local Government for the last three and a half years is that I do not have powers because local governments are autonomous bodies”.

The promised local government green bill had not appeared so the government commissioned a panel of “experts” to advise it on the directions for a new act.

In August 2020, that expert panel said: “Under the Local Government Act 1995 local…



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