Chitty comment chopped
THE JULY issue of the Toodyay Community Newsletter included Shire Deputy President Therese Chitty’s column, in which she describes her views on “a few paragraphs from the WALGA guidelines that may help those in the community understand what is expected of our elected members use of Social media”.Read more
The last paragraph from those guidelines states: “If you have concerns about the way in which your Local Government is being run or the behaviour of another elected Member or an Employee, there are proper ways to report these. Posting on social media is not the (blank space).”
Whatever Cr Chitty intended to follow in that paragraph didn’t make it into print.
Was it censored by another party?
Anyway, her concluding statement (following), says it all:
“What about my right to freedom of speech?
“The common law recognises an individual right to freedom of expression. For Elected Members, this right is subject to limitations imposed by the Rules of Conduct.”
This correspondent feels strongly that freedom of speech “subject to limitations” is not freedom of speech at all.
It is a pity the Deputy President didn’t make that point herself.