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When did the public VOTE on whether or not WE wanted CCOs?

http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/govt-accepts-labour-amendment-super-city-bill-124046

My comment follows:

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Govt accepts Labour amendment to super city bill
NZPA | Wednesday June 2, 2010 – 07:52pm

The Government has accepted a Labour Party amendment to the bill that sets up Auckland’s new super city council.

It will force Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to hold at least two public meetings a year.

Labour’s local government spokesman George Hawkins put up the amendment tonight while Parliament was debating the committee stage of the Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill.

The amendment also gives ratepayers the right to address CCOs.

“CCOs will be incredibly powerful organisations under the new council structure and without this amendment Aucklanders would have had no ability to influence their decision-making,” Mr Hawkins said.
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When did the public VOTE on whether or not WE wanted CCOs?

“It will force Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to hold at least two public meetings a year.

The amendment also gives ratepayers the right to address CCOs.”

Sorry folks, but these amendments are effectively meaningless window-dressing – attempting to give some form of democratic veneer to the corporate takeover of the Auckland region through CCOs.

Citizens and ratepayers from Rodney to Papakura had no binding poll (vote) on whether or not we wanted our existing Councils abolished and replaced with the $UPERCITY Auckland Council, with 75% of Council functions under the control of unelected business appointees, running corporate-modelled CCOs.

Citizens and ratepayers from Rodney to Papakura had no binding poll (vote) on whether we wanted CCOs in the first place.

There has never been any ‘cost-benefit’ analysis of CCOs which confirms the ‘cost-effectiveness of CCO model for the majority of citizens and ratepayers.

(This is why we need an Auckland regional RATES REVOLT!
NO SAY – NO PAY! )

I have been forcibly removed by security guards from the Auckland Town Hall, at the last three consecutive monthly meetings of Auckland City Council on the instructions of Mayor John Banks – after following lawful due process in applying for those speaking rights.

Let me thus assure you that having the lawful right to address to address Councils or Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs), does not mean that ‘right’ will be upheld in practice.

I can’t remember the exact number of times out of 22 arrests – that I have ‘stood on my hindlegs’ and taken speaking rights, after having them (unlawfully) denied.

(It is 21 -1 to me in Court).

The point being that just because you have a lawful democratic right – doesn’t mean that it will be upheld in practice.

Ask Mayor John Banks – who used to make such a big deal on his Radio Pacific show about supporting ‘battlers’.

yeah – whatever………………

Sorry Michelle – you can jam your spin machine on ‘turbo’ – but the facts and documentary evidence prove that John Banks has not changed – end of story.

For more information – check out https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

waterpressure@gmail.com

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June 3, 2010 - Posted by | Stop the $uper City

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