Responding to comments made by Mark McGowan during a visit to Cockburn by the State Labor leader last Wednesday, in which he claimed the Jandakot MP had gone missing in action, Mr Francis said he backed a move to cut councils.
‘My position is that I support value for money and that’s what you’ll get by cutting the number of councils from 30 to 15,’ he said.
‘A lot of these CEOs are earning more than the Premier, so there will be savings there. Plus there will be less marketing departments and less restrictions for small businesses.
‘It is ridiculous to have 30 councils and I absolutely support the value of amalgamation.’
Mr Francis took aim at Cockburn Council for contributing $75,000 to the Cockburn Community Steering Committee.
‘I take offence to my ratepayer money being used for a misleading campaign against reform. It’s petty politics,’ he said.
‘In saying that, I encourage all residents to put in a submission. It’s only the start of the process ” it’s a draft and it’s not set in stone.’
Mr McGowan said Mr Francis should be taking up the case on behalf of residents.