Eastern Suburbs Sydney
No Dual Role
After the unsuccessful attempt to STOP the Sydney City Council's DA for a concrete cycle way on Bourke St we are painfully aware of how destructive a dual role holder (the same person being BOTH Mayor and State Member) is to our system of governance.
We are convinced that had there been a separate individual as MP, Bourke St and its trees and parking would be saved.
The MP would have assisted us with representations and, as the reasons for building the 2-way concrete channel were flawed, a better system would have been negotiated.
The Member could have assisted us with publicity and a private members statement made under parliamentary privilege.
With a dual holder MP we were refused assistance.
Dual roles create a conflict of duties and time constraints mean not all duties of each role are performed.
Dual roles are banned in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.
The NSW Government may act to ban dual roles in NSW if there is majority public support for it.
We urge you to complete the attached form and send it:
Dual Roles Discussion Paper Division of Local Government Locked Bag 3015 NOWRA NSW 2541
Or by fax: 02-44284199
Submissions must be lodged by 31 January 2012.
More info is on a website set up by a neighbour local group
NO DUAL ROLE at
No Dual Role, PO Box 1513 Potts Point NSW 2011