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