Greens Senator and local government spokesperson Lee Rhiannon, in a speech to Federal Parliament celebrating 20 years of Greens representation on local councils, has highlighted Newcastle and Marrickville as home to the party's first elected Councillors in 1991.
Senator Rhiannon's speech to the Senate on Tuesday 20 September can be found here.
Greens Senator and local government spokesperson Lee Rhiannon today called on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to express clear support for recognition of local government in the Constitution, or risk the proposal being defeated by voters in a referendum as happened when the Liberal Party opposed the idea in 1974 and 1988 (‘Constitutional call over councils’).
Working to achieve recognition of local governments in the Australian constitution.
Local government is an essential part of our democracy, allowing decisions to be made at the level closest to the people concerned. Local governments are in a good position to identify and respond to the needs of their community.
The Greens are committed to achieving recognition of local governments in the Australian constitution. This would provide funding security for local councils to continue to deliver the services that people expect and deserve. The Greens are working to increasing Financial Assistance Grants. We are opposed to any further cuts to local government funding.
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