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Dismissal of Ipswich City Council

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Cornelia Turni
47 Blackall Street

Total Signatures - 1096

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 5/04/2018

Closing Date: 10/06/2018

Tabled Date: 12/06/2018

Responded By: Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP on 12/07/2018

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draw to the attention of the House that they have lost confidence in the capacity of the Ipswich City Council (ICC) to perform its responsibilities and believe that the executives/elected officials have seriously or continuously breached the local government principles of: acting under and in accordance with the law; acting honestly, impartially and be seen to do so; and acting fairly with due regard to the rights and interests of the public and of public and government officials. The ICC has also failed to exercise its public duties conscientiously with due care and skills at an acceptable level, and failed to be scrupulous in the use of public property and information and failed to be prudent in their management of public resources. ICC Councillors and staff have violated local government principles of transparent, effective process and decision making in the public interest; sustainable development, management of assets, infrastructure and delivery of services; and democratic representation, social inclusion, meaningful community engagement; good governance and ethical, legal behaviour.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to call on the Minister for Local Government, Stirling Hinchcliffe, to exercise his power under the Local Government Act 2009 Section 123 and dissolve the Ipswich City Council and appoint an interim administrator to act in place of the councillors until the conclusion of a fresh election of councillors and a forensic accountant appointed to scrutinise all contracts and the finances since 1998.