ROBO­COP PA­TROLS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

HER­MANN Vorster, nick­named Robo­cop by res­i­dents for his ef­forts in fight­ing hoons, this week be­came the first coun­cil­lor to dob in a ri­val un­der new anti-cor­rup­tion laws.

We all learned that dur­ing a devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for a Voda­fone tele­phone tower, Wil­liam Owen-Jones had shares in Tel­stra. He saw no ma­jor con­flict and stayed in the cham­ber.

Some col­leagues see it as a cheap shot against a coun­cil­lor who is one of five in the coun­cil dog­house and not part of Mayor Tom Tate’s lead­er­ship group.

“He could have ap­proached Wil­liam be­fore­hand (out­side the cham­ber),” a coun­cil in­sider says.

“They just want to make out these laws are un­work­able. They want to make it ap­pear like bad leg­isla­tive re­form. He (Cr Vorster) chose to pon­tif­i­cate and make a big thing out of it.”

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