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councillor doesn't declare developer donation

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this clown get's busted for not declaring a donation from a developer and his punishment is not having to work for 2 months but getting full pay!

A South-East Queensland councillor may be suspended for backing a controversial island resort project without declaring he had received a donation from the developer.

But Redland City councillor John Burns yesterday dismissed his failure to disclose the $5000 campaign contribution as a misunderstanding and branded the external investigators "boofheads".

He said he had not been paying attention to campaign donations because he "didn't give a damn about the election" as he thought voters were going to turf him out.

Cr Burns is the second South-East Queensland local government member to land in hot water this week, with the Moreton Bay mayor calling for an investigation into councillor Chris Whiting over allegedly "misleading" budget comments. The donations investigation centres on Cr Burns's support for a so-called eco-resort development on Russell Island, which initially included plans for four-storey buildings and was opposed by some locals.

Cr Burns received an electoral gift from the developer, Gary Rose, in December 2007, according to a report presented to a Redland City Council committee meeting this week.

Cr Burns moved a motion to support the project, while adjusting some of the conditions recommended by council officers, at a development assessment meeting in January 2008 without declaring the donation.

The following month he won support from fellow councillors to change the conditions again but also failed to put his interest on the record.

Councillors have voted to suspend Cr Burns from attending all council meetings for two months, as a punishment for breaching the Local Government Act and the councillor code of conduct.

The council is set to formalise the decision at a general meeting next week.

Cr Burns told brisbanetimes.com.au yesterday he was not aware of the money going into his election campaign fund.

"It was in 2008, just before the election, and Gary Rose didn't actually make the donation, we found out, it was through his mother's company, and I didn't even know about it," he said.

"Gary Rose didn't give me the the money, his mother did, it's just my wife put his name on [the campaign fund declaration]."

Cr Burns lost the March 2008 election as predicted but won another seat in the council in a by-election a year later.

Before long he was calling for all of the councillors to be dismissed after accusing the council of favouritism by approving the then-deputy mayor's development application.

"This time last year I came into there ranting and raving about sacking them all. Naturally if I made a mistake I was going to pay," he said.

He said he would cop the two-month ban on the chin, but slammed the external review panel that looked into the issue for recommending he lose benefits during his suspension.

"These boofheads that investigated it said, 'You're going to lose all your entitlements and not get paid' - that's an illegal ruling," he said.

"They can suspend me from meetings, that's it."

Redland Mayor Melva Hobson said the council had backed the recommendations from the external investigators, except the proposal to revoke benefits such as travel allowances because the council did not have the power to do so.

Cr Hobson said councillors must declare relevant donations at council meetings to ensure transparency.

"It's a fundamental tenet from my perspective of being a councillor that you declare material personal interest - it goes without saying," she said.

While Cr Hobson would not comment on Cr Burns's criticism of the investigators, she said the veteran councillor had been given an opportunity to make comments to the panel and failed to do so.

There is no suggestion of any inappropriate conduct by Mr Rose.

He could not be reached for comment last night.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/sinbinned-councillor-slams-boofhead-investigators-20100722-10msw.html

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Fugging outrage.

But no surprise.

his sense of outrage on being busted rubs salt into the wound.

you have to wonder how many donations that are made by a third party are never declared or discovered?

sounds like redlands council is a real gravy train. 'mate, we all do it, just make sure you declare it so you don't get in trouble and we all know how to vote on that application'

Before long he was calling for all of the councillors to be dismissed after accusing the council of favouritism by approving the then-deputy mayor's development application.

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Don't hate the player, hate the game. If he hadn't made use of the law they would have no reason to fix the law. The real problem is when a loophole continues to remain in existence.

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Don't hate the player, hate the game. If he hadn't made use of the law they would have no reason to fix the law. The real problem is when a loophole continues to remain in existence.

Which law and which loophole? I read that he broke the rules and got a very mild slap on the wrist (some would call it maybe a --inside voice again but this time before posting--).

Maybe I missed the loophole bit.

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The loophole that allowed them to suspend him but not suspend his remuneration.

Oh right. I think that is quite common, you can't stop paying someone and still keep them employed.

I wonder how a council does go about firing someone. I assume they have a process.

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Oh right. I think that is quite common, you can't stop paying someone and still keep them employed.

I wonder how a council does go about firing someone. I assume they have a process.

they're elected officials you can't fire them. just ask gough.

i wonder under what circumstances councillors can be fired and who does it? anyone know

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i wonder under what circumstances councillors can be fired and who does it? anyone know

Brimbank Council in Melbourne got sacked in 2009 and I think another one a few years before, here's a news article link, I think the minister for local government can sack them. Other states may have the same laws,

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The Gold Coast's deputy mayor remained in a council meeting on Tuesday and voted on three developments after receiving donations from consultants to those developments in her 2016 election campaign.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/gold-coasts-deputy-mayor-votes-on-her-donors-developments-20170201-gu2v5m.html

 

 

How is this remotely seen as ok? 

I've sat on a few boards. The slightest sniff of conflict and I have excused myself from voting and left the room for the vote. 

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1 hour ago, zaph said:

How is this remotely seen as ok? 

I've sat on a few boards. The slightest sniff of conflict and I have excused myself from voting and left the room for the vote. 

You need to start wearing white shoes so that you can understand! :)

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On 02/02/2017 at 3:12 PM, zaph said:

How is this remotely seen as ok? 

I've sat on a few boards. The slightest sniff of conflict and I have excused myself from voting and left the room for the vote. 

Ahh! But that would reveal your integrity zaph. Some people it seems don't have any, or simply don't care.

I was always under the impression you were required to excuse yourself as well. I'm not aware of too many people though being convicted for a "conflict of interest". It is usually the after affects (corruption charges) which make for better court cases. I wonder if the deputy mayor is on a commission if the developers get their desired result?

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