Not so much a se­cret bal­lot ... as a *!&%*$^! bal­lot

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IT's been less than a month af­ter the in­ner east­ern Adelaide com­mu­nity voted in a new Nor­wood, Payne­ham & St Peters Coun­cil and Mayor Robert Bria, pic­tured, has al­ready pulled out the big stick to dis­ci­pline his charges.

Last Mon­day night, a NP&SP elected mem­ber wrote some­thing Off the Record can only as­sume was highly of­fens- ive about an­other col­league on a bal­lot pa­per as the coun­cil looked to fill a com­mit­tee po­si­tion.

Bria can­celled the count dead in its tracks af­ter read­ing the note.

“It's an un­ac­cept­able bal­lot,” he said, clearly fum­ing.

“The process should be treated with the re­spect it de­serves... very dis­ap­point­ing.”

A few days later he was still pretty an­gry, telling Off the Record: “They de­lib­er­ately sab­o­taged a bal­lot. It was a very, very self­ish act. I'm very un­im­pressed, it's sad and dis­ap­point­ing. I can­not un­der­stand why they would re­sort to that be­hav­iour, there is no need for that. I was ab­so­lutely fu­ri­ous; it's an ex­treme level of self­ish­ness and un­pro­fes­sion­al­ism, which shows dis­re­spect for col­leagues and the process.”

Sadly, he wouldn’t elab­o­rate on which coun­cil­lor was in­volved or what was said.

Things didn’t im­prove af­ter Bria’s in­ter­ven­tion. When a re­cast­ing of bal­lots was called, the coun­cil ran out of bal­lot pa­pers. Let's hope it's a mi­nor blip for the new NP&SP.

- BEN CAMERON

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