Comment: Has minority drowned out majority?

Comment: I CAN'T help but feel Change Commission got it wrong.

Its report detailing its reasoning for rejecting Bundaberg Regional Council's request to abolish divisions says it was not persuaded that support for change was strong enough.

That may be so but a divided council remains problematic.

Even the commission's own independent survey showed a majority of respondents supported the change.

The main gist of the arguments for and against divisions are simple.

Those in favour generally believe in local areas having a representative to act as a touchstone for residents, while those against believe that all the people in a council area should be able to have their say about all councillors elected.

The latter is the most democratic model.

It means the best candidates can be chosen from one pool and increases accountability and competitiveness in those elected.

I agree with Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman that a vocal minority has been able to drown out the will of the majority on this issue.



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