Vote of no confidence possible
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.”