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Roundup: After you've voted on same-sex marriage ...
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Cast your vote in the Flat Chat poll on whether or not our strata committees should speak on our behalf.

It’s interesting watching the discussions over same sex marriage and seeing who is coming out against or in favour.

My gym had an idiotic exchange on its Facebook page this week when some moron posted that if (when?) same-sex marriage is legalised, men will have to be allowed into the women’s changing rooms.

There are two remarkable revelations in all this.  The first is that some idiots believed this utter tosh and were ready to go to the barricades over it. The other is that I go to the gym.

Sadly, all the predictions that all a plebiscite would do would be to delay the inevitable while bringing our collective bias, ignorance and nastiness to the surface are being proved right on a daily basis.

Even so, it’s interesting when bodies that don’t, on the face of it, seem to have anything to do with the core debate take sides, one way or another.

Qantas and the NRL have both nailed their rainbow colours to the mast and, whatever side you take in the discussion, you can be forgiven for wondering exactly what their motivation is.

Which leads us to the hot Flat Chat topic of the week, should our strata committees be expected or even allowed to present their opinions on our behalf?

We're not talking about gender equality but much more fundamental issues like street lighting and planning applications.  One school of thought says it’s not in the Act so they should keep their opinions to themselves.

But another body of opinion holds that someone has to speak for the investor owners and those who can’t speak for themselves – and silence from a strata committee speaks volumes on issues that affect residents.

You can read the discussions here.

And then come back and vote in the first Flat Chat Poll we have had for many, many years.

Click on your preferred answer then click on vote.  You can only vote once.

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I lobbied on behalf of our committee to stop the school across the road using a leaf blower every weekday morning from 7:00am to 8:45am. I also encouraged other residents to write. It took over a year but we were finally successful.

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Every person should speak & vote for themselves on EVERY issue, relating to strata matters & everything else.

Anyone on a Strata Committee who even thinks he/she has the right to vote for other owners, especially when it comes to non-strata matters such as the same sex marriage debate, clearly is a control freak who needs to get himself/herself to both a psychologist & a psychiatrist.

People who do not have the mental capacity to speak/vote for themselves, have legal guardians - either the NSW Guardian & Trustee or a relative.

When other people who do have the mental capacity to speak/vote for themselves cannot be available to vote on a strata matter, they appoint either a proxy or give someone a formal Power of Attorney document (which is usually registered).

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Every person should speak & vote for themselves on EVERY issue, relating to strata matters & everything else.

So you would call a general meeting every time there needed to be a decision on whether or not to spend money to fix the lift, or repair a water leak, or ask someone to move their car out of visitor parking, or stop playing loud music all day and night?

And when someone just wanted approval for minor renovations such as putting in a new kitchen, you'd want a general meeting for that too?

Ironically, if you actually did that, pretty soon only the committee members would turn up ... so what then?

People who do not have the mental capacity to speak/vote for themselves, have legal guardians - either the NSW Guardian & Trustee or a relative.

Yeah ... apart from those who aren't so great with the reading and writing ... or feel uncertain about expressing themselves publicly ... or didn't even get the  notice from the council because their tenants didn't pass it on ... or don't realise that they are allowed to express an opinion ... or think there's no point, either because someone else will do it or nobody listens anyway.

Get real or get off the Forum.

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