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Statement by Michael Byrne - President of the East Liverpool Progress Association
I am no political careerist, more a catalyst. I am 69 years of age living in Sydney's southwest around Liverpool. I have broad experience in local civic engagement and community development - leadership and/or founder role in the East Liverpool Progress Association, Moorebank Community Association (closed), Liverpool Boating Association ( now Chipping Norton Sailing Club), Garie Surf Life Saving Club - active lifesaver (2000 to 2010) : President 2007-2010, Australian Antigonish Cooperative Development Limited... occupationally engaged in IT Services since 1968. President Technology Advancement Group - a national body of IT business systems consultants.
I recognise the general malaise of politics across what is called "the West".
What has "gone west" is the sense of public service in the political caste. That has morphed into political careerism which puts "Party Power First". Self-interest reigns as the key motivator in politics.
This social cancer has leaked into the public service - long gone is the spirit of frank and fearless advice.
This is evidenced in the experience of East Liverpool, and beyond, with the advancement of the Moorebank Intermodal Freight Terminal (MIFT).
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