Morons call 'badly worded'
TWEED Shire deputy mayor Phil Youngblutt has admitted comments in which he described many voters as morons were 'perhaps badly worded'.
Instead he has moved to clarify the comments, saying they reflected his concern that not everyone who votes does so in an informed manner.
Cr Youngblutt's remarks to the Tweed Daily News 10 days ago were picked up by national media and sparked outrage on the Tweed.
In a carefully-worded statement, Cr Youngblutt said he wanted to take the opportunity to clarify the comments by providing the context in which my statements were made.
They came about during a discussion on whether the Tweed should have a popularly-elected mayor, in the wake of last month's selection of both the mayor and deputy in draws of names from a cardboard box following tied voting.
“Unfortunately, the most popular elected councillor does not always mean the best-qualified councillor to run an organisation of this size and complexity,” he said.
“Therefore, I believe the best practice is the current one, whereby the elected representatives consider the strengths of their fellow councillors and select the best contender for the position of mayor and deputy mayor.”