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Glamorgan Spring Bay Council - Integrity Commission Report

27 November 2018
Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for LOCAL GOVERNMENT, Mr GUTWEIN 

Councillor Michael Kent from Glamorgan Spring Bay Council is sitting on an 
Integrity Commission report into potentially dodgy council processes he 
was intimately involved in overseeing when he was the previous mayor. 
Councillor Kent has kept the Integrity Commission report under wraps since 
August, refusing to table it to the previous council. Now he will not 
hand it over to the new mayor. Do you agree these actions reveal his deep 
contempt for the independent Integrity Commission and all good governance 
processes? Do you share the Glamorgan Spring Bay community's alarm that a 
sitting councillor publicly continues to do whatever he can to obfuscate, 
undermine and ignore the Integrity Commission's findings? 

The report allegedly details corrupted processes, with staff gaming the 
council's resources for personal advantage. You ordered an investigation 
into that council in 2015 because of a raft of improper processes. The 
former mayor, Mr Kent, clearly has not learnt contrition and does not 
appear to give a fig for the integrity of the new council. Will you step 
in and table this Integrity Commission report to parliament and end the 
ludicrous situation of a washed-up ex-mayor holding his ratepayers in 
contempt?

ANSWER

Madam Speaker, I thank the member for that question. It is an 
extraordinary question and an attack on an individual under parliamentary 
privilege. As is right and proper, I do not have a copy of the report. I 
have not seen a copy of the report. Any matters of the Integrity 
Commission and Councillor Kent is a matter between him and the Integrity 
Commission.

This again demonstrates that the Greens are prepared to trash process. If 
I had a copy of the report and I was aware of what it in it, you would be 
claiming I should not have it, that it is not the appropriate process. I 
caution the Greens on utilising parliamentary privilege to attempt to 
trash the reputation of an individual in our community for their own 
political gain. That it all that is occurring here. 

I want to be very clear on this: any matter between Councillor Kent and 
the Integrity Commission is a matter between him and the Integrity 
Commission. It is not for me to reach in, nor would it be proper for me 
to be aware of what is in that report.