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How unstable could local politics become when an elected council becomes hung?

If party politicians join independents on the cross-bench, would developments wanted by the public be more or less likely to be approved?

‘Presumed Dead’ is a novel by Martin Knox set in a fictional council chamber within the Westminster system. Corruption at the big end of town is suspected when Jane Kenwood, a feisty councillor, disappears.

Will my vote in the BCC election matter?

On 28 March 2020, Brisbane and 77 councils across Queensland had local government elections. Councils’ political processes under the Westminster System are described in a crime fiction novel ‘Presumed Dead’ by Martin Knox. Read this exciting story to find out how local government works — and fails.

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Could this book change how you vote for political parties? 

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A person becomes mature when their character and integrity stabilise. National maturity could have similar precepts. Racial maturity could be absence of racism as a facet of national character, aggregated somehow for all members of the population. The election of Barack Obama, a person of colour, to be President of the United States of America from 2009 to 2017, was a milestone in the nation’s maturity following the ending of slavery with passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. His appointment demonstrated Kant’s Categorical Imperative: people should act as they would want people to act towards all other people, viz: Without racial prejudice.
Is it possible that the Black Lives Matter protests, consequential to the Obama experience, have been fuelled by unfulfilled expectations of even more racial maturity?
In 2020, Australia’s indigenous population is 3.3% and one in four Aboriginal people are in custody. For an indigenous person to become president of an Australian Republic, more racial maturity would be required. In my speculative fiction novel The Grass is Always Browner, set in Australia 250 years in the future, the British monarchy has been displaced by an Aboriginal dynasty in the core of government. The nation would then have achieved the racial milestone the USA has already achieved.
My concern is inclusion of all races, rather than to change governments.

Are city councils too small for political competition?

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.

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