Regarding the recent Mayoral prayer breakfast hosted by our Lord Mayor and his deputy and paid for by the ratepayers of Port Stephens, I would like to suggest that our elected representatives might care to look up the definition of “representative”.
I would also suggest that they familiarize themselves with the Local Government Act 1993 – Section 8 (Council Charter) which contains, among other things, the following guidelines;
• to exercise its functions in a manner that is consistent with and actively promotes the principles of multiculturalism
• to exercise its functions in a manner that is consistent with and promotes social justice principles of equity, access, participation and rights
In light of these recommendations I look forward to the next mayoral prayer breakfast having a representative sample of Atheists, Muslims, Hindus, Scientologists and Jedi Knights.