Lynching at Albury City: The Missing Motion?

A photo of proposed Mayoral Minute. During the meeting Id scrawed meeting closed to indicate the second part was not considered.

A photo of proposed Mayoral Minute. During the meeting I'd scrawed "meeting closed" to indicate the second part was not considered.

After tonight’s Council meeting, Paul Wareham’s supporters were a bit upset, and it wasn’t just because the rest of council was out to lynch their darling. The agenda had promised that Mayor Stuart Baker would move a Mayoral Minute containing two parts, the first read:

That council:

a. has full considered the Code of Conduct Committee report and finds that Cr Paul Wareham did breach Clause 5.1 of the Albury Code of Conduct which requires Councillors to avoid conduct that is improper or unethical in that he did on Monday, 26 May 2008, at a public meeting of Council falsely and irresponsibly state that Council officers had been, inter alia, “deceitful and dishonest in their dealings with the public in relation to the development application process in respect of part of Fromholtz Park, South Albury for a child care centre” when he did not have reasonable grounds for making the statement

This part of the motion was read out, debated, and passed without alteration in a vote of 7 to 1. But what happened to the second part?

That council: …

b. requests Cr Paul Wareham and Cr Amanda Duncan-Strelec abide by the Code of Conduct to treat each other with courtesy and respect.

A simple request, and notably absent. During the meeting Cr Duncan-Strelec did little to conceal, and everything to subtly convey, her overt loathing for Paul Wareham and ” a small vocal lobby group”. Duncan-Strelec went on to describe both Paul Wareham and Save Fromholtz Park as “liars”, having “lied” and “continuing to mislead”.

Oh well, there’s no point in asking them to play nicely when they have no intention of doing so.

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