Greensparty council candidate in Victoria’s Surf Coast Shire Torquay Ward journalist and roller-derby enthusiast Eve Fisher has surfed into dangerous waters, prompting an industrial scandal after intemperate and ill-considered remarks in her desperate bid to be elected. She has foreshadowed deep Campbell Newman-style cuts to jobs and services at the council and has even refused to rule out wage cuts for council staff. Naturally, she has not proposed a reduction in the amount of ratepayer loot received by councillors.
The union is unimpressed with her antics:
The Australian Services Union is appalled at reports that Greens party council candidates canvassed job and wage cuts at a Surf Coast Shire candidate’s forum last night.
ASU Secretary Brian Parkinson said that reports of Torquay ward Greens candidate Eve Fisher calling for a “dirty great audit of council employees” were particularly alarming given that she then refused to rule out job or wage cuts.
“Our members are often stretched well beyond what could be considered reasonable and as members of local communities themselves often go the extra yard to serve their local communities. To have a candidate from a self-described progressive political party follow this path and treat our members as political cannon fodder is unacceptable.”
“I have had reports that Fisher was specifically asked by a member of the audience to rule out job or wage cuts and she would not. This is improper and given that any unilateral wage cuts would be illegal, this action from a member of a registered political party seeking to hold office is unacceptable.”
“I call on State Greens Leader Greg Barber to show that the difference between conservatism and conservationism is more than a few letters of the alphabet. He must act to ensure members of his party do not attempt to gain council positions by denigrating workers and I call on him to discipline his candidates in the Surf Coast and any others thinking of doing the same.”
“I find it particularly disturbing that only after the ballot papers in the Surf Coast Shire have already been mailed out do we here of council candidates looking to chop jobs and conditions. This is classic State Liberal-style politics and we don’t want or need it in Victorian local government.”