Mayor hit with dissent motions in heated debate

TWO DISSENT motions against the rulings of City of Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale marked a heated debate about the inequality suffered by Ryde’s indigenous community.

The Dissent Motions during the last council meeting were put by Deputy Mayor Dr Peter Kim (ALP) and Clr Jordan Lane (Lib) after Dr Kim put an unsuccessful motion for a detailed citywide study into specific areas of inequality experienced by the estimated 450 local residents who identify as being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Dr Kim’s Dissent Motion was against what he perceived to be the Mayor’s refusal to give him adequate time to speak and deliberate.
Councillor Lane’s motion was against a Mayoral ruling that his amendment seeking an ”assessment” on the issues faced by local indigenous people was out of order because it was similar to Dr Kim’s defeated motion seeking a ”report” on the situation.
Councillor Lane accused the Mayor of ”steamrolling” democracy to ensure council meetings are efficient, a charge the Mayor denied.
“I believe he (Clr Lane) made a motion similar to the one that has been lost and this merry-go-round needs to stop,” he said.
A motion put by Clr Penny Pedersen that the City of Ryde commits to the Uluru Statement was carried by six votes to five but Clr Trenton Brown argued that Ryde’s reconciliation process is being failed by a lack of data.
“What applies in Broken Hill doesn’t apply in Putney,” he said.
Director Customer and Community Services Angela Jones Blayney said the questions and issues raised by Dr Kim can be explored by indigenous people through Ryde’s Reconciliation Action Plan’s working party.
“The most important part of the Plan is that it is led by indigenous people themselves,” Mayor Laxale said.
The Greens Clr Christopher Gordon also argued that the working party is the correct forum to ‘consider and process’ sensitive information about Aboriginal people.