Bill taken out of dis­clo­sure rules

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

SU­BI­ACO coun­cil­lors last month amended a mo­tion call­ing on elected mem­bers to dis­close gifts and travel on­line by eras­ing any men­tion of the City of Perth Bill.

“I don’t want to give the Bill any cre­dence at all,” Cr Scott Ar­buckle said.

Cr Lyn­ley Hewett’s orig­i­nal elected mem­ber’s mo­tion di­rected chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett to im­ple­ment changes to the dis­clo­sure of gifts and travel con­tri­bu­tions “as pro­posed in the City of Perth Bill”.

“The words I used were from the Town of Clare­mont’s ap­proved mo­tion and they didn’t seem to have a prob­lem with it,” Cr Hewett said.

But Cr Mur­ray Rowe amended the word­ing to “as de­fined by the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 1995”, and the sub­stan­tive mo­tion was car­ried 8-3.

“This gets it out of the way and then it’s our ini­tia­tive,” Cr Rowe said.

Cr Mal­colm Mum­mery said the on­line reg­is­ter seemed like “flawed logic”.

“I think it was put up by the Vin­cent Mayor (at the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral meet­ing in Au­gust) for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons,” he said.

Cr Mark Burns said he agreed that if a coun­cil­lor were to hide a gift, then con­nec­tion to the in­ter­net would not stop them.

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