democracy


Direct democracy ‘our only hope’

Forum – Not content with loading ratepayers with massive rate increases, the Administrator now wants to force a 34 per cent hike in water rates on suffering residents (CCN312). The…


The wonders of democracy

Forum – I’d be surprised if one per cent of readers understood the Administrator’s “explanation” of the Council’s $175 million deficit (“Solving restricted funds mystery a challenge for inquiry”, PP…




Whither our democratic rights?

Forum – With the appointment of a new Administrator for Central Coast Council, I am concerned that this unelected individual will make decisions and enter into long term contracts that…





Democracy is under threat

[Forum] Your various excellent publications in May have contained several references to changes in the planning regime governing developments on the Central Coast. I am concerned that the voice of…



Our democracy is not democracy at all

[Forum] Peter Bayley (Forum edition 213) claims that proportional representation party list often leads to unstable coalitions. That is incorrect. He claims this based on the examples of Italy and…