06 February 2018
Agenda item 6.6a Update on the Status of the investigation into allegations regarding the Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle AC and related matters.
Submission from Cr Coral Ross, National President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association.
I would like to address the Committee
Acting Lord Mayor and Councillors, I thank you for the opportunity to speak. I am the National President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association.
My submission relates to the Councillors Code of Conduct.
As the Management Report to this item states, Councils can review and amend The Councillor Code of Conduct at any time. The Councillor Code of Conduct can also cover items not specified in the Local Government Act.
Will the City of Melbourne Councillors review its current Councillor Code of Conduct so that:
(a) complaints by Councillors against the Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor would go to an independent person rather than the Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor as the Code currently prescribes and
(b) following the internal referral process that an independent person, such as the Minister, rather than councillors decide on any possible sanctions and
© add a clause to the Melbourne City Councillors Code specifically relating to harassment, physical and sexual?