My Local Council Has Lost the Plot

No kerb and gutter in Gunning, but we have drag queen readings for kids.

One great thing about Australia’s Federation is its system of checks and balances. In addition to a Westminster-style separation of powers (between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary), we also have the Washington-style division of powers (between the national government, the states, and local councils). Our ‘Washminster’ arrangements help guard against what Alexis de Tocqueville referred to as the ‘tyranny of the majority’. When it works, it works well. But increasingly, local governments are neglecting their primary roles and focusing on issues beyond their ambit.

Here is my latest article in The Spectator Australia's Flat White, "Local councils are becoming fiefdoms obsessed with identity politics".