QLD set to sack council
Queensland is moving forward with new legislation that will let it sack the entire Ipswich council.
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe wants to rid the city of 15 former councillors and staff charged with 75 corruption charges and related offences.
The minister says that for real cultural change to happen, the entire council must go.
“I believe there will be some innocent people damaged out of this process, as there has been already,” he told reporters.
“They've been put in a bad situation, an unprecedented situation, and we need to resolve that and take the opportunity to move the city forward.”
After the cull, administrators are expected to run the council until the next elections in 2020.
“I believe that the depth of cultural change that is needed within the council ... needs an administrator to be there for some length of time,” Mr Hinchcliffe said.
Ipswich councillor Paul Tully branded the minister's move undemocratic.
“The minister can say there are innocents who will be hurt, but that's more than a glib statement, there are 10 of us against whom there are no accusations,” he said.
All 10 existing councillors can recontest their positions in 2020.