It’s good that IPART has put our Administrator Mark 3 back in his box (IPART tells Council what is appropriate, Pelican Post September 2).
It is outrageous that Hart is able to call a meeting with IPART to push his rate-change agenda and encouraging that IPART’s response was to point out how “inappropriate it was for Council to try to influence IPART when the full Tribunal was not present”.
As I have said many times, it is not Hart’s responsibility to try to set rates three years ahead when he won’t even be here then and when we shall have an elected Council again, as the proper body to be making this kind of decision.
IPART has made its decision and Hart’s job now is to carry that decision forward over the next year or so that he will be in charge.
We all owe a debt of gratitude to Jude Roxburgh without whose efforts this behind-the-scenes meeting would have undoubtedly remained secret.
One wonders how many other such meetings have taken place without ratepayers ever being aware of them.
It is bad enough that loans are taken out in our name and we are not allowed to know the details and that our public land is sold and we aren’t even entitled to know the selling price but, at least, we know this is being done.
How far can we head into the Deep State where we find out nothing but the superficial floss that the Administrator deigns to inform us about in his weekly column.
Email, Sep 5
Bruce Hyland, Woy Woy