Backing for power to sack councillors
New legislation that would give the local government minister powers to suspend or remove individual councillors was tabled in State Parliament last Wednesday, with the City of Rockingham supporting its introduction.
The Local Government Amendment (Suspension and Dismissal) Bill 2018 would give the minister suspension powers under a range of conditions, including if a councillor was charged with an offence and convicted.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the City supported its introduction. “According to the explanatory memorandum for the Bill, the processes to determine a suspension or dismissal and the source of advice to the minister recommending such action appear to be fair and satisfactory, so the City supports its introduction,” he said.
City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said while the City’s council had not considered the new Bill formally, she believed it would be generally supported.
“I believe the Bill will receive widespread support and is something which is long awaited by the sector,” Ms Adams said. “Councils are often reprimanded as a whole by the actions of an individual or small group of recalcitrant councillors.”
Local Government Minister David Templeman moved to quell concerns the legislation could be used for political purposes.