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Councils welcome new complaints system

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Councils welcome new complaints system

Local councils have welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s plans to overhaul the system that manages complaints against sitting councillors but will insist the new proposals deserve careful scrutiny.

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam said it was heartening that the Government has accepted many of the recommendations of the independent Councillor Complaints Review.

Mr Hallam said the LGAQ accepted the thrust of the proposed changes and, indeed, argued for many of them. The issue had also been debated as the subject of several resolutions at LGAQ annual conferences, he said.

'But we want to make sure on behalf of our member councils that the detailed legislation giving effect to these reforms is the best it can be,' he said.

'We will reserve final support for the changes until we are satisfied of that but I’m pleased these reforms are likely to mean less time and resources wasted on dealing with unfounded or frivolous complaints.'

Among the Government’s proposed reforms are the appointment of an Independent Assessor to consider all complaints against councillors as well as a mandatory Code of Conduct.

Mr Hallam said the LGAQ agreed with the Government that it was important to ensure public confidence in the councillor complaints system.

'Every council in Queensland has an interest in ensuring the sector has the highest standards of integrity and accountability,' he said.

Go here to see the Independent Councillor Complaints Review Panel Report: 'Councillor Complains Review: A fair, effective and efficient framework'. January 2017..

Go here to see the Independent Councillor Complaints Review Panel Report : 'Councillor Complaints Review : A fair, effective and efficient framework', government response, July 2017

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