Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Councillors Play Hard Ball; Proposal to Tweak Standing Orders Leads to Footy Barbs

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Councillors Play Hard Ball; Proposal to Tweak Standing Orders Leads to Footy Barbs

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BARBS were traded during the October ordinary council meeting, with the mayor and a divisional councillor firing footy pot-shots at one another in what was a lively debate.

Division Two Councillor Tim Dwyer brought forward a motion last Thursday to scrap the process of councillors raising their hands to speak, but rather, requiring councillors to stand to their feet to talk.

Cr Dwyer said he believed it would create greater transparency, would enable more topical discussion and livelier debate, as well as removing chances of error or the chances of the presiding chair to miss an obscure hand being raised, enabling the Mayor or chairperson to better focus on the discussion at hand.

It was a seemingly dry start to what soon became a comical exchange, as Mayor Mark Jamieson said he felt there was an element of theatre to Cr Dwyer's proposal, explained in part by the fact Cr Dwyer had been a "back" when he played rugby league.

Cr Dwyer fired back, rolling out a list of positions he'd played, including a number in the forwards and backs, halfback the only position he'd been unable to fill thus far. …

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