RACV's Not So Secret Agenda

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Just days after submitting their budget recommendations that include building the EWL toll road, RACV has now changed its constitution to stop local government councillors from running for board elections.

Although supposedly designed to keep RACV “independent and free from political influence,” the constitutional amendments look more like a carefully crafted plan to lock out public transport advocates who got dangerously close to winning a seat on the RACV board last year.

The board elections, which are open to all members, is one of the few ways ordinary 'service' members can influence RACV policy and have their say.

As a result of the new restrictions, members will no longer be able to vote for PT activists that are also councillors, instead having to choose from a list of ‘industry’ insiders.

RACV have also legislated to reduce the number of general elections held, apparently to reduce costs. Under the new model, elections will only be held every second year as opposed to every year, giving members even fewer chances to have their say on the crucial policy. 

RACV continues to portray itself as a voice for the people, using its large membership base of over 2 million to push its road-first agenda at the expense of better public transport.

What RACV know but are keen to bury is the simple fact that no modern city has solved its traffic woes through more road infrastructure alone.

In fact, only strategic investment in public transport can make a city work – environmentally, socially and economically.

What’s encouraging is more and more RACV members get this, and are looking to direct their votes to progressive candidates.

Instead of passing new laws that make it more difficult for prominent public transport advocates to stand for election, RACV would do well to get behind public transport as a real solution to Victoria’s traffic crisis.

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