It bars Cr. Gledhill, in part, from being present at council briefings, interacting with council officers, and appearing in Kingston Your City, including having a ward column printed in the magazine.
The motion was moved by Cr West, seconded by Cr Oxley and carried by the majority of councillors – all of them being members, or aligned with the Australian Labor Party.
“The motion clearly falls short of any test of governance and seeks to basically shut down and constrain the legitimate and democratic rights of Cr Gledhill,” Ms. Peulich said.
Ms Peulich said that this motion improperly uses the position of council to deny the rights of a person to be involved in political activities, a core component of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
“Action needs to be taken to make sure that the rights of individuals to be involved in the democratic process and to continue representing constituents are protected,” Ms. Peulich said.
“It is an improper use of Labor's majority hold on Kingston especially as both the mover and seconder have been candidates in last year's election contest, delivering preferences to Labor. At the time, Cr West did not apply the same standards to herself,” Ms Peulich said.
Mrs. Peulich said that the rules that apply are widely understood and observed by Councilors who nominate as candidates once the writs are issued.
“It seems that that the gang of 5 on the Kingston Council has become a branch of the Labor party. This is not their role and it is an improper use of their positions. That is why I now call on the Minister for Local Government to immediately investigate this very serious matter,” Ms. Peulich said.
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