Vote of no con­fi­dence pos­si­ble

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

COCK­BURN coun­cil will hold a spe­cial meet­ing on Wed­nes­day to con­sider a mo­tion of no­con­fi­dence against Deputy Mayor Lee-Anne Smith.

The meet­ing no­tice also in­cludes two as­so­ci­ated points that the coun­cil could vote on – whether Cr Smith should be suspended from rep­re­sent­ing the coun­cil on spec­i­fied stand­ing com­mit­tees, ref­er­ence groups and ex­ter­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions; and whether to re­move her al­lowance for at least six months.

The agenda stated that a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion “could be seen as a sym­bolic mes­sage of dis­ap­proval by coun­cil at the be­havioural stan­dards be­ing demon­strated by any of its mem­bers.”

The no-con­fi­dence mo­tion was put on the agenda by Cen­tral ward coun­cil­lor Chon­telle Sands.

The rea­son for the no­tice is “to send a clear mes­sage of the ex­pec­ta­tions that coun­cil has of the in­di­vid­ual per­form­ing the role of Deputy Mayor and re­in­force that breaches of Code of Con­duct sim­ply will not be tol­er­ated”.

“The re­view pe­riod will also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for Deputy Mayor Smith to demon­strate that these concerns have been ac­knowl­edged.”

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