Posted by: Chasy | 20/04/2011

Quick thoughts on Marrickville

Firstly, Marrickville Council is the sister city of Bethlehem. While local government doesn’t usually go in for foreign policy, they do have a connection to the issue. For a summary of the original policy, see here. Not exactly an impartial site, but it does explain, in plain English, what the boycott meant.

Whether you think that the boycott of products from Israel is the right stance for local government to take or not is irrelevant. Local governments, sporting bodies and community groups take stands, make boycotts, create charters and move legislation on issues that have a local, national and international focus all the time. They do this because they are making it clear what they stand for as an organisation.

People have been blathering on about whether the boycott represents the local constituents. Considering the Marrickville Council area is 78% Hipster*, you can be sure it is of concern to the local residents and would most likely support the boycott – if they had bloody heard of it before the election.

Speaking of that – the only reason this came up was because Labor made a big deal of it before the state election, where Carmel Tebbutt was likely to lose to Greens candidate, and current mayor, Fiona Byrne. She didn’t, in the end. Knowing my local area, I am not, in anyway, saying this beat up had anything to do with Byrne not succeeding. The loss was due to the older residents of Marrickville and Dulwich Hill prefering to vote for the same party they have done for the last 40 years, and were too frightened of voting for the Greenies and their drugs. Regardless, the large majority of residents in Marrickville, Newtown, Camperdown or St Peters had no idea Marrickville Council had made such a stand, and were blissfully unaware until the papers told them so.

Think this sounds fanciful? If you actually lived in Marrickville, you’d understand.

I am quite obviously disappointed that the boycott was quashed, so I am not impartial either. I believe it was important for the council to make their position on violence in Palestine and their right to self-determination clear, if they saw fit. Of course, they could have said nothing at all. It’s entirely up to them, as a council, what they decide they represent. If they residents don’t like it, they can protest, or use their vote against them at the following election. That’s what democracy is all about.

Which leads me to my final point – the majority of nay-sayers and protests came from people who have nothing to do with the council. There was no need for federal or state government to get involved in local government policy. In short, you don’t live in Marrickville, so you should have kept your big noses out of it.

*May not be an actual statistic

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Responses

  1. Here! Here!

    • Cheers!

  2. Are you saying I have a big nose?

    • I… Um…

      WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING ON TWITTER?

      • Don’t change the subject!


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