March 2017

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NEW MALCOLM, SAME OLD LAW BREAKING

Bandicoot is quite impressed by PM Turnbull’s new feistiness, his florid waving of fists in the air during Question Time and his confident arms-akimbo pumped-up hydro power proclamations of leadership up in the mountains where…


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SPECULATION OVER VANISHING VICSMART REPORT

EXCLUSIVE A vital planning report on VicSmart that councillors agreed on 27 February would be discussed at the Tuesday 14 March meeting was missing from the shire agenda that was published on Wednesday 8 March….


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A JOB FOR THE QUEENS OF TARTERY

Bandicoot is transfixed, rooted to the spot, almost struck dumb at the latest intellectual furore sweeping Melbourne. Not just Melbourne; it is spilling on to the Mornington Peninsula, where one finds the occasional traffic lights…


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MAKE COUNCILLOR EXPENSES TRANSPARENT

The decision to publish councillors’ expenses on the shire website is to be heartily commended – so long as the postings are open and transparent, frequent, and detailed. What is the point of making them…


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PLANNING SCHEME STRIPS YOUR RIGHTS

How would you define a “minor” building project? A garden shed? A carport, perhaps? A paling fence? You would almost certainly be thinking of some small project, for which you would dread seeking council approval….