Are bears better at dancing than debating? Presumed Dead is a book that shows what can go wrong in a Westminster System council ruled by partisan duopoly when it supposed to consider approval of development of a megacasino. It takes an independent councillor who is elected mayor to inaugurate a non-partisan council. This is a political crime thriller that exposes weaknesses familiar in town hall politics, with entertaining drama and a positive perspective.
This novel story shows how political processes in Alexandra City, Southland, shape the urban environment and city living. They are not a pretty picture. Candidacy, campaigning, elections, debates, rhetoric, voting, partisan manoeuvring and development approvals are seldom transparent and not always fair. Corruption is suspected and Dr Phillip Keane, a forensic scientist conducts a meticulous reconstruction. Read how an independent woman politician is able to restore true democracy.
Presumed Dead is a novel about a fictional crime when an Australian city council is considering development of a casino resort. The story reveals how Westminster System politicians are inherently corrupt when their party is not seeking the public good. When a non-partisan mayor is elected, she safeguards the city’s fragile democracy.