06 August 2013
Local Government Referendum Postponed
A REFERENDUM that was to be held at the same time as the federal election has been postponed. The referendum would have given electors the opportuniy to amend the Australian Constitution to enable financial recognition to Loal Government. Unfortunately, given the final passage of the necessary legislation on June 14th the referendum could not be held before Sept 14th, the day that Julia Gillard intended to hold the election. Direct federal funding that currently exists has delivered safer roads, upgraded public amenities and better playgrounds and parks. What next? In theory the referendum now must be held with 6 months of the June 14th date. However, I'll bet the politicians will find away of stopping this from happening once again.