Well the broad outline of the changes has been announced, and it’s looks pretty ugly for both sustainability and community involvement, so no surprises there.
On the plus side, firstly and this is a huge plus given National’s behaviour last year, the changes will go to Select Committee. Last year’s arrogant undemocratic practice of major changes without public consultation might, hopefully, be over. That said whether the committeeÂ will listen to the public remains a pretty big question.
Second good news, again genuinely good, according to the Greens’ analysis the ludicrous loophole allowing the Crown to breach consent conditions and preventing Councils from stopping them looks like it will go.
Other than thatâ€¦ it looks like we’re trading community voices and a sustainable future for a chance to pave our way out of a global recession.
P.S. As usual the best analysis is over at No Right Turn