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These are the key reasons Councils apparently exist.

That is what the law says, at least.

So, you will excuse me that I am frustrated that more than ever we are seeing global conflicts being debated in our council chambers and sides being taken.

Many in our communities feel less safe because these debated motions are toxic.

They do not deliver peace and order. Rather, they deliver the opposite.

These motions simply amplify tensions and incite division.

Council Watch believes that everyone has the right to feel safe and that everyone impacted by any global conflict has the right to be supported equally by their local council and elected councillors. Council organisations must NEVER take sides.

Whilst my own Council has had the good sense to avoid these debates, several Councils nearby have not, and this has resulted in some community members being targeted, spat at, sworn at, receiving death threats, and feeling very scared. We do not want anyone to feel this way. Local Councils have a responsibility to ensure we all feel safe, no matter our race, religion, ethnicity, language, or cultural identity.

We have identified eight (8) Melbourne Councils where we think this issue is of most impact right now. We need your help.

Can you please spare a minute to sign our petition?

We would really appreciate it. Our petition simply asks those Councils to ensure they do all they can to keep people feeling safe and welcome by implementing a few ideas that will help everyone.


The Council Watch Team.

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When we are watching humans being massacred, our government contributing finances, and we have a large Palestinian community in Melbourne, these issues do impact us.

The more people take a stand against genocide, the better. Councils are voices of the community and when the community calls for government representation, then it’s fantastic to see it done at local levels.

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A large Jewish community as well. Unfortunately clowns like this have their heads in the sand when it comes to Israeli women and children brutally raped and murdered.


People are so fed up with the state and federal governments not working in the best interests of the people. This has led to members of the community trying to convince their local councillors to stand up for them instead. However, when it comes to war I agree that it is not the councils place to take sides or even get involved at all.

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30 to help save lives (copout)!!

We have 40 zones in our area already and 'double' high speed humps in so many streets, it's a joke. No community consensus and so called law makers are catering to their own whims!!

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