As Liberal Democrats, we believe that government is at its best when it is closest to the people it represents. As such, we believe that, wherever possible, government activities should be decentralised to the State level to allow the benefits of governmental competition, policy experimentation and individual choice.
Local government is a creation of State government, and is regulated as such in each individual state. Like all other arms of government, we believe it should tax and regulate as lightly as possible, providing necessary services, such as roads, sewerage, street lighting, and refuse collection, but avoiding wherever possible impositions into areas of personal freedom and the choice of the individual.
Here in Western Australia, all Local Government bylaws have to be ratified by Parliament, and the Liberal Democrats WA are committed to holding our Councils and Shires to account wherever and whenever possible.