As well as tracking colourful councillors, Crikey is also examining
whole councils who have been sacked over the years. Excluding Jeff
Kennett’s sacking of all 210 Victorian councils in 1993-94, here are seven names to kick-start this list:

Cockburn: sacked by the Court Government in June 2000, a $1.8
million inquiry found 66 incidents of unlawful activity involving eight
councillors.

Glen Eira: Liberal council in Melbourne’s southern suburbs that
was sacked by the Bracks government in 2004-05 after ridiculous
in-fighting.

Melbourne City Council: sacked by the Bracks Government in 2000 amid claims of bullying and
harassment, travel rorts and expenses fraud.

Nillumbik:
the council in Melbourne’s north east was
sacked in October 1998 by the Kennett Government after infighting and
taking a strong anti-development stance.

Maitland: this Hunter Valley council was sacked by
the Carr Government in 1997 after an inquiry revealed some councillors
had drawn up “hit lists” of those in rival factions.

Tweed Shire Council: sacked in 2005 over developer donations and control over certain councillors.

Wanneroo: began
as a secret police inquiry into a corrupt council but then turned into
a $5 million Royal Commission which even featured on Four Corners.

Another five councillor misadventures

John Kenny: charged
with having sex with a 15-year-old whom he picked up on a chat line, but
stayed on Randwick City Council so his vote could be used to keep the
Green/Liberal coalition together.

Maryann Lindsay: elected to Hobsons Bay Council as an
Independent while a member of the ALP. A local Community group, Hobsons
Bay Community First, claimed she was really a dummy candidate for ALP
candidate Peter Undy. The Municipal Electoral Tribunal, after a four
day hearing, decided there was not enough evidence to unseat her, but
she was definitely the dummy candidate who ended up winning.

Brad Matheson: Hobsons Bay Mayor, former high profile president of
the Municipal Association of Victoria and right wing ALP member was
forced to resign after The Age revealed he
wrote letters under fake names supporting new electoral boundaries
for Hobsons Bay.

Phuong Ngo:
the Fairfax councillor in Sydney was given leave of absence and continued to receive his
councillor’s salary when facing charges over the murder of Cabramatta MP John Newman in the mid-1990s.

Dick
Prendergast:
the Moyne councillor was charged with assault
and recklessly causing injury, after a
fight with the Council’s planning
director, Greg Anders, and will appear in court in August

Check out the rest of the names here and keep the entries coming to [email protected]

Peter Fray

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