The Gillard GreenLabor Govt is putting up this referendum question re recognising local councils in the constitution – at the same time as the Federal election. Ostensibly because some High Court decision might, note might make it difficult for the Federal Govt to give money to councils. Wow – I am sleepless at night over that.
I notice over at Catallaxy – Another poison pill for Australian federalism, and how to avoid it – marvellous take from Dr Julie Novak
I will be voting NO.
My simple reasons are -
 The current system has worked for 110 years – I see no need for change – just not an issue.
 The Gillard GreenLabor Govt is arguably the worst Federal Govt in our history – so why trust anything they propose.
 They would not be proposing this if it was not beneficial to Labor constituencies in some way – we are suffering five to six years of that – safer to just vote NO.
 I am wary of unintended consequences – the instant this becomes law there will be silver-tongued lawyers all over it, not to mention the High Court and nobody knows what new nonsense will start affecting our lives.
 Personally I would prefer it if councils cut back on their ever expanding empire building and wasting of our money and were confined more to just fixing roads, collecting rubbish, working hard to reduce rates.
 I am not impressed that the coalition are supporting a yes vote, there is a lot wrong with their policies too.
 The only important issue at the next Federal election is voting GreenLabor OUT of power.
Looking forward to readers having their say.