by Jim O’Toole, Townsville bureau
A star chamber for recalcitrant local government councillors and mayors was legislated in 2018 by Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to prevent the voice of grass roots democracy being heard.
Regional councils have been reduced to rubber stamps for the government of the day or more importantly beholden to the dictates of their unelected Chief Executive Officer.
Many CEO’s are simply the mouthpiece of the ruling government and have been installed under the Local Government Act to control councils and to ensure they stay within the current political narrative.
Elected councilors have virtually no say and can be overruled by the state government at any time.
Originally designed by the corrupt former Labor Premier, Peter Beattie, the Local Government Act 2009 was introduced by his successor Anna Bligh. The act stripped regional and city councils of being able to represent the wishes of ratepayers and placed councils under the strict supervision of the ruling government..
In order to keep elected councillors as an expensive irrelevancy and to keep their mouths shut, in 2018 Premier Palaszczuk introduced the Office of the Independent Assessor.
This organisation functions as a star chamber which can censor or sack a councillor or mayor who criticises the government or any of its policies.
A recent example was when Barcaldine Regional Council Mayor Sean Dillon made a career-ending statement that he didn’t want the vaccine rollout to go wrong.
It proves how touchy the precious Premier is about her genocidal program of the mRNA jab being forced upon the Queensland population.
Mayor Dillon was charged with “potential misconduct” after raising concerns about the Central West Hospital and the health service’s planned vaccination rollout.
It was alleged that Cr Dillon made comments “that could be considered as detrimental to public confidence in a health service provider.”
During discussions at a public council meeting Cr Dillon raised concerns his entire western community could not be vaccinated in the few days allocated.
Here we have a Mayor actually supporting the deadly shots yet the dogmatic ventriloquist dummy for the Labor government has crucified a potential ally.
The Local Government Association, to its credit has supported the berated Mayor and vowed to take the case all the way to the High Court.
The OIA is terrifying councillors and mayors who have found it wise to get any intended public comments vetted by their CEO’s before uttering the time of day.
Perhaps Ms Florian, as a former investigator of the Office of the Health Ombudsman should use her talents in prosecuting all the health department officials and doctors who have knowingly inoculated more than a million patients with a dangerous mRNA spike protein toxin, including the politicians who supported it.
The communist state has well and truly engulfed Queensland as we have seen with mobile hit squads of retired police about to raid pubs and coffee shops grabbing unvaccinated patrons after December 17.
We await in earnest for the SS hitmen to pick on the wrong group in a pub.
What will it take for regional councils to push back against the spreading tyranny of the Queensland Labor Party and their masters, the communists of the United Nations?