Editorial - Thursday, October 24: Pollies passing the buck

HOW many times in the past 12 months have you read about a politician kicking a problem upstairs?

"This is a state issue," they say

"This is a federal issue," or "a council issue," or better yet "this is an issue for the department".

And this would be fine. I am all for hearing from the people with the solutions and having the best people answer questions. But when it comes time to announce funding, state, federal and local politicians cannot wait to grab some credit.

There has scarcely been a project in the Valley in the past year where we haven't had to talk about dual funding or even the triple whammy - "state, federal and local government funding will be used to replace the toilet seat".

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner dredged the depths of this sort of nonsense when he stood at the front of Chris Gulaptis's office on Prince St and announced some toilets and campsites in the upper reaches of the Clarence River, near Copmanhurst. The State Government's participation entailed getting paid about $250,000 by the council to plan the project.

Politicians at all levels would do well to remember they're employed to bring simplicity to an increasingly complex system and to step in and solve problems bureaucrats cannot address.

Lachlan Thompson



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