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Author Gibson, Graeme

Title Beyond fear and loathing : local politics at work / Graeme Gibson
Published Huskisson, N.S.W. : More Than Just Talk, 2012


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 MELB  320.809447 Gib/Bfa  AVAILABLE
Description iv, 207 pages : illustrations, maps, facsimiles ; 23 cm
regular print
Contents No place like home -- Unlovely and unloved -- The local storm in a teacup -- Building -- Peaking -- Falling -- And we mean to go on and on and on and on -- Photographs and newspaper extracts -- It all ends in tears -- Making it up as you go along -- And so to the campaign -- Love and respect
Summary This is a story of local politics and community activism. It's a true story, as objective as I can make it from my personal point of view, and I do have a point of view on the state of local democracy and the role of citizens in the decisions that affect them. More than just the local council, it's about a community and conflict fostered within a ruling mentality of divide and conquer. The story is one of disillusionment, disregard for fairness and civility, and the struggle for change. The story is specific to a location but it is universal. It is of a certain time-frame but it is timeless. Without doubt the events described - the absurd, the comic and the tragic - take place to a greater or lesser extent within the 560 Councils around the country. Self-interest, deal making and Machiavellian scheming are the high dramas of small town everyday life. A positive case for change in the way we do local democracy is presented, with community and council working together in partnership. A practical foundation for that change is outlined
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-206)
Notes Copyright © Graeme Gibson 2012
Subject Community organization -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Huskisson -- History
Democracy -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Huskisson -- History
Local government -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Huskisson -- History
Huskisson (N.S.W.) -- Politics and government -- History
ISBN 0987319604