DISCLAIMER: The following comments are the personal comments of Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson
I have just got hold of the original email that independent Councillor and former Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza sent to the Southern Courier.
It sparked the published storey of this week in which Councillor D’Souza is attributed with anti-feminist comments targeting Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey who replaced him as the face of the eastern Sydney Council.
It actually reads far more misogynistic than his comments in the published article do. It displays such an intense paranoia towards assertive women that it makes you wonder at the psychological motivations of the writer.
When you read it you have to remind yourself that this was sent out by a former Mayor of Randwick City Council who first held office in 2015 and not 1975. It is Donald Trump style weirdness.
You have to feel for current Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey . I knew she would catch something of a backlash being only the second-ever female Mayor of Randwick – and a Green one at that. But this has actually shaken me. I had no idea that one of my fellow male Councillors was so far out of touch with modern political attitudes. I voted twice for this guy to be Mayor. What was I thinking?
Amazingly Councillor D’Souza finishes the email by calling for Randwick Council to be “more accepting and inclusive of all” with apparently no sense of irony or self awarnes. Then he closes this email to a professional female journalist with the words: “Warm regards”.
Randwick City Greens Councillor Murray Matson