Council recognition in Constitution will reduce freedoms

Environmental Award Winner Ashby.
Letter to the editor 

Leon Ashby. 
SA Senate Candidate for NO CARBON TAX Climate Sceptics
 9/7/13

Dear Sir / Madam

Re:   Council recognition in Constitution will reduce freedoms

The coming referendum (regarding Council recognition in the constitution), I believe is a subtle attempt to increase centralised Federal government control. It will allow the federal Government to bypass state powers. Since councils run many services from airports, garbage collection and dumps etc.

 If the Yes vote wins, councils would be put under greater pressure to jump through more hoops to secure funds just to maintain these services. This is more interference we don`t need. If anything we should go in the reverse direction.

In my view Federal and State governments instead should assist the grass roots community make decisions, then help fund those decisions - not be a dictator as they constantly are.

 When Kevin Rudd gave out funds to schools in his stimulus four years ago, some schools had the freedom to negotiate deals on what they spent the funds. By doing this they achieved up to four times better value for money outcomes than those with less freedom. Since some federal funding seems necessary for councils, schools and other institutions, I believe funds allocated on a consistent criteria e.g. per ratepayer or per student etc. is going to be the way to get better outcomes. 

Changing our constitution is not. 

Leon Ashby

NO CARBON TAX Climate Sceptics Senate Candidate

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