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IN THE FAITH: Danny Nalliah emerges as key player in Dandenong council

dannynalliah Colourful pastor Danny Nalliah has emerged as a "man of influence" in the Greater Dandenong council according to close supporters.

The head of the Assemblies of God affiliated Catch the Fire ministry has reportedly played an active role in the election of a significant number of councillors in Dandenong and aims to expand his family values agenda in Melbourne’s south-east.

Those known for praising Danny Nalliah in public settings include former mayor and Councillor Maria Sampey who gratefully accepted the crucial support of Nalliah and his many supporters at last year’s municipal election. A number of other councillors enjoy Nalliah’s support and according to a Nalliah ally "have not been afraid to show their allegiance despite potential criticism from atheists in the media."

"Nalliah isn’t like one of those slightly left-wing Uniting Church ministers who like to separate God from everything else in life. Dan believes faith should play a part in all aspects of our lives, in every level of government and in everything. If you believe God is everywhere, it makes sense at that level," one informed source explained to VEXNEWS.

The councillors backed by Nalliah and his supporters haven’t always pleased him, as he is a proud advocate of Israel, small government and family values.

Recently a number of Christian backed councillors and others voted in favour of a highly controversial 35 per cent pay rise, way in excess of the Consumer Price Index. It incurred the wrath of local media and angry ratepayers.

Local sources insist the pastor thought the increase was excessive and could bring the council into public disgrace.

Local councillors across Victoria have been voting consistently to increase their own pay. While in many cases their interstate colleagues are paid much more, some believe that the allowance and perks should be abolished completely alongside a diminution of political control of town planning and allowing smaller, more grassroots councils to be formed in accordance with the wishes of local communities.

One source close to Dandenong churches told VEXNEWS "We support people with good values, who we trust. That doesn’t mean we’ll always agree but we think the council and the community as a whole is much better off for our input. Dandenong needs an alternative to party politics on council. The Liberals aren’t strong in our area so we do what we can. And when the opportunity arises, we work with Labor too."

When asked whether he’d consider a tilt at public office via Family First or another vehicle, his backer explained "Danny is a man of influence in our local community, it doesn’t make him a politician though. He doesn’t need to be."

Nalliah played a crucial role in galvanising support for the election of Family First Senator and former Knox councillor Steve Fielding who will be recontesting his position at the next federal election and who will  be strongly relying on Nalliah again.

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  1. It is good to see that Holding has some competition in stacking the Council out that way!

    Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009, 10:00
  2. The last time Holding said Jesus was when he got sacked from the Police ministry

    Posted by scarlet pimpernel | July 10, 2009, 10:03
  3. God is everywhere hey?

    Creating imaginary friends is best left to five year olds spending eight hours a day in an ABC learning centre, whilst mum completes honours in 14th century herbal chinese medicine.

    Posted by Reds are better in bed | July 10, 2009, 10:32
  4. Bring on the Big O this is what you call undue infliuene its not a church its a bloody council. Come on Dick do somthing about this. Imagaine if someone from the local mosque was doing this my god they would move heaven and earth.

    Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009, 10:42
  5. Danny Nalliah is the lowest and vilest scum on earth he deserves a severe kicking.

    Posted by anon | July 10, 2009, 11:51
  6. you dont mix politics and religion its a big no no thats just wrong

    Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009, 12:20
  7. maria sampey has got to be the dummest person on this planet

    Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009, 15:33
  8. sorry typo dumbest

    Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2009, 15:34
  9. ***he is a proud advocate of Israel, small government and family values***

    That’s great. Go, Danny! You’re just what this country needs.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | July 10, 2009, 15:38
  10. He is a shameless Elmer Gantry who preaches racism. Friends of Israel and proponents of family values might have a closer look at what this demagogic fruitcake really stands for!

    Posted by Jimmy Swaggart | July 10, 2009, 16:54
  11. Someone should tell the SDA about mixing religion politics!

    Posted by Raise the level of debate | July 10, 2009, 17:28
  12. I’m vury wurried about Dunny Nulliah

    Posted by Murray from New Zealand | July 10, 2009, 23:59
  13. Not mix politics & religion? The IRA, DLP, Taliban, Family First, etc seem not to have heard it’s verboten.

    Posted by Cancerous Cell | July 11, 2009, 1:43
  14. Hey, thats guy runs my local convenience store!

    Posted by clipposaurus | July 11, 2009, 10:29
  15. He’s the Darkie that runs Heidleberg Kababs.

    Posted by anon | July 11, 2009, 12:08
  16. someone should tell christine campbell not to mix relgion and politics

    Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2009, 14:52
  17. With a rampant Danny Nalliah smiting all before him is it possible that Danny is the reincarnation of a gentleman that walked this earth many many years ago?

    Posted by Rudd Happens | July 11, 2009, 16:16
  18. Maria, txt me to be touched by god. Would be hot.

    Posted by RDR | July 12, 2009, 1:37
  19. Danny sounds like an SDA ally

    Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2009, 20:37
  20. No wonder that this council appears stuffed, in more ways than one. has anyone contacted Georgie boy Browuer about all this? Sounds like another Seitz and Council corruption potentiality

    Posted by Sam Spsato | July 18, 2009, 12:26
  21. let’s guess who these other councillors are: donovan and herring?
    according to the propoganda and supporters on the day, it certainly looked like the christian right rent-a-crowd.

    Posted by anon | July 29, 2009, 14:57
  22. Rev Nalliah congratulated the OC on winning the inaugural Walkley Blog Award.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2009, 23:54
  23. Posted by anon | August 6, 2009, 15:15

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