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Local Council Articles

S&P had duty of care: councils

TWELVE local councils will allege in a landmark trial this year that ratings agency Standard & Poor's intended its ratings of "labyrinthine" financial products to be relied upon by local government authorities, contributing to a duty of care on its part.

Private eye: council has power to act

A PRIVATE investigator paid to engage in sexual acts at illegal brothels said local councils had the power to close down illegal operators, but some chose not to.

Not-so local government

MORE than a year ago, when Lake Macquarie City councillor Arnold Tammekand announced he was moving to Alice Springs, many ratepayers expressed surprise at his decision to stay on the council. Requesting six months to "see how things worked out", Cr Tammekand suggested he might not stay in the Northern Territory..read more

The local council hot potato

IS IT any wonder the first policy proposal of real merit from NSW Labor in this election campaign comes from a minister breaking ranks with the official party line? David Borger, the minister for roads and Western Sydney, argues that Sydney's 41 local councils be merged into six, a topic..read more

Minister steps out to back council mergers

BREAKING ranks with the Keneally government, a senior minister has called for the Sydney metropolitan area's 41 local councils to be merged into six.