Councillor Belinda McNeven says discussing a State Government policy was part of her job, not a political move.
Councillor Belinda McNeven says discussing a State Government policy was part of her job, not a political move. File

McNeven denies pushing Labor Party

DEFENDING her decision to use the Fraser Coast council chamber to praise the Queensland Government for a new preamble to the Qld constitution, deputy mayor Belinda McNeven yesterday said she was only doing her job.

“We need to be discussing policy matters, especially something as important as the Qld constitution.

“I make no apology for bringing it to people’s attention. That’s my responsibility, to bring it to the attention of people who are affected.”

Ms McNeven was responding to ratepayer Tony Pope, an interested observer at Wednesday’s council meeting.

“I am absolutely appalled at her political statement and the lack of objection from the floor,” he said in a comment emailed to Ms McNeven and her council colleagues.

“Surely this was out of order. I was, and still am, firmly in the belief that the council is non-political and is not the place to bring up an individual’s political beliefs.”

In her reply to Mr Pope, the deputy mayor sad she did not believe it was out of order.

“I’m sure if it had been this would have been rectified.”

Ms McNeven, who could be Labor’s Hinkler candidate in this year’s federal election, applauded the Labor government for the new preamble introduced last month which acknowledges the significant contribution made by indigenous people to modern Qld.

“I don’t know how you can talk about a policy decision without it being political.

“We are a room full of politicians.

“There are members of the ALP and the LNP in that room.

“This is policy decision being brought forward by a government that affects us.

“It’s our job.”



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