Editorial: New rules good for openness

Editorial: TUESDAY'S decision by Gympie Regional Council to record the votes of all councillors on all decisions is a positive move.

For too long voters have not known, unless a division was called, what the majority of councillors stood for.

Too often councillors just go with the flow and don't voice their opinions on crucial public decisions.

In the old system if a decision was passed unanimously there was no way of checking or knowing where the majority of councillors stood on the issue.

If asked after the meeting, by constituents, councillors, worried about repercussions, could say anything.

Now at least their vote will be recorded in the minutes for all to see.

The move will give voters more insight into the thinking of elected representatives, making us more informed when it comes time to vote.

I would like to see the council go one step further and have councillors debate, more often, in an open meeting each decision made.

Gympie Times


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