State Govt ‘No’ on referendum

DESPITE the majority of Federal Parliamentarians, of both sides of politics, supporting the Local Government Amendment Bill, Victoria’s Coalition government has come out strongly opposing the yes case in September’s Referendum.

Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan said the Federal government had cut $307,935 from Commonwealth grants to Wellington Shire Council in 2013-14, while spending $55 million on the referendum to include local government in the constitution.

Meanwhile Eastern Victoria MLC Philip Davis has claimed the Federal government has corrupted the process of constitutional change with the allocation of resources ahead of the referendum.

He said the Federal Government had given $10.5 million to the Australian Local Government Association for the “yes” case, while the “no” case had been given $500,000.

For details read Friday’s Gippsland Times.