The following comments are by Randwick City Greens Councillor Murray Matson
To the readership of the Southern Courier newspaper.
I read with sadness Councillor Noel D’Souza’s anti-feminist comments towards my colleague Randwick Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey in yesterday’s Southern Courier.
…Councillor D’Souza sent an email to the Southern Courier criticising feminism as a “relentless political advocacy group pushing for special privileges for women”. (Southern Courier page 9, 31st July 2018)
I voted for Councillor D’Souza to become mayor himself in 2015 and 2016 and we worked well together. But in 2017 I told him that I would be supporting Lindsay’s bid to become Randwick’s only second ever female mayor. Our relationship then deteriorated rapidly.
I have been mayor twice myself and I know it is emotionally difficult to give it up. Lindsay will find it so too.
But Noel has not come to terms with it and he is letting the resentment eat him up.
He regularly sends emails around to fellow Councillors in which he expresses resentment towards me, Lindsay and our party the Greens.
He claims that the Council is being badly run since he left the job.
This is blatantly unfair towards Lindsay Shurey who has done a great job on issues such as the marriage equality ballot. Her presiding over Council meetings is fair and objective.
Councillor Noel D’Souza himself actually voted FOR the very budgetary measures including the loan that he irrationally now attacks Mayor Lindsay Shurey for.
Check out page 6 of the Council minutes of the 26th June 2018. Noel voted with me and the Mayor. Whenever I vote for something I always own the resolution ever afterwards. By not doing so Noel has now the lost the respect of his fellow Councillors who know what he actually said and did in that meeting.
I find it appalling that a man who I voted for twice to be mayor is now expressing such a misogynist attack on a female mayor. Randwick now has four female Councillors and many diligent female staff working at all levels. I do believe that Noel’s printed comments have damaged the reputation of Randwick Council as an equal opportunity body. Those comments send a completely wrong not-welcome message to any woman seeking a career at Randwick.
I call on my old friend to repudiate his quotes and to work on rebuilding his relationship with his fellow Councillors.
Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson