Telling statement

THIS is outrageous: part of the latest Metropolitan Local Government Reform Update reads, ‘Sixteen local governments are now working together in groups of 2 or 3 on the initial planning for the start of the new local government authorities from July 1 next year’.

Who said the decisions aren’t already made? This statement presupposes that they are.

The minister told local governments to start working together and now the department states they are doing so ‘for the start of the new local government authorities’.

The Local Government Advisory Board hasn’t made any decisions yet and we are assured that it is the one that will.

The statement in the reform update shows that what the minister wants, the minister will get.