Click this link for the Professor Brian Dollery | 2GB podcast.
Key points in the podcast include:
- No evidence of lower costs, or more efficiencies or financial viability from amalgamation – no relationship between size and financial viability
- Dollery mentions the ridiculous story that to save the village it is necessary to destroy the village.
- Bigger government is not necessarily better – lots of evidence from around the world.
- The minister Paul Toole has not released any materials that support the case for amalgamation – no cost benefit analysis provided.
- Why weren’t the amalgamations that were conducted in 2004 examined to see what effects they had. It is amazing that these amalgamations were not examined.
- Alan refers to platitudes being used to justify amalgamation such as amalgamations are necessary for ‘ Sydney to become a global city’, and then makes the point that London (LGA is made up of 32 boroughs) and LA (15 councils) have multiple councils.
- At the end of the interview Jones mentions that Pittwater was de-amalgamated in the 1990s and now the proposal is to amalgamate Warringah and Manly with Pittwater against the wishes of the people.
- Dollery looked at a model of what would happen in a merger of these three councils and there was no change – no benefits.
- Merging councils is expensive – cost in Qld was around $8M for each merger. Rate payers will be the people covering the costs