It means you can ask them any question you have been dying to know the answer to for the past four years. (I have some suggestions of questions you can ask below and would love to hear some more from our readers).
This willingness to meet the public is is also quite surprising because one thing the Liberal bloc haven't wanted to do in council chambers is listen to some parts of our community. In fact they have been so antagonistic to certain members of the community that they have steamrollered the Independents and voted on at least five separate occasions during 2015 and 2016 to refuse to let a member of the public have a two minute extension to their public address in the council in chambers. This by itself is almost unheard of in the history of our council.
But the same bloc went even further and also voted to expel two members of the public from the council chambers during a meeting in October 2015.
Politicians with more savvy might have let the public have their say and let the storm blow itself out. Instead this lot stoked community anger even further by refusing to even let these people be heard.
But now, as an election approaches it seems they have changed their mind and set up a table up at the top of the escalators in Narellan Town Centre right in front of the Centre Directory. This means you can wander up to them every day until election time and ask whatever question you like.
I think that is a great idea and to help you along here are a few suggested questions to get you started.
(any further suggestions will be welcomed and added to this list)
Please print these off and take them with you to the Liberal desk.
- Did you pay for this space in Narellan Town Centre or was it a gift or donation?
- If you didn't pay, will you declare the value to the Australian Electoral Commission?
- If you did pay, where are you getting the money for the Camden-wide glossy mail-outs, flyers, posters and this desk on expensive Narellan Town Centre floor space that are all part of your campaign?
- About Greg Wright, the previous Camden Council General Manager that the Liberal candidates chose to sack - Why did you decide to override the Independents and sack him in a meeting closed to the public ad then never explain what he had done wrong?
- Why did the council cease advertising for a period of time with the Camden Narellan Advertiser and put all its advertisements just into the Macarthur Chronicle?
- Why did the Liberals decide to break off all contact with Camden Chamber of Commerce? Does this mean you don't support local businesses?
- Why did the Liberal councillors use their majority position to vote that a request be sent to the Australian Electoral Commission not change the boundaries of the Federal Seat of Macarthur? Did it have anything to do with the fact that the boundary shift would have changed the seat from a notional Liberal seat to a Labor seat? Does such a vote represent what is best for the community or for your party?
- Why did you vote to improve safety along the town centre section of Argyle Rd that only had 12 accidents over a four year period but not the roads around Narellan Town Centre that had 19 accidents or even the section of Argyle Road between Macarthur Road and Edward Street that had 27 accidents over exactly the same period?
- Where do you draw the line between urban development and maintaining the character of the area both in terms of the green areas and its historical values?
- Why is Penny Fischer no longer part of the Liberal Party ticket going for council election this time?
- There have been recent claims reported in the media that the Liberal Party bloc broke a gentlemen's agreement between the major parties that they would not politicise Camden Council. Why did the Liberals decide to break this agreement and stand as a bloc in 2012?