By Stephen Mayne

There was a very strong reaction to Friday’s call for submissions for our forthcoming comprehensive list
of councillor and mayor misadventures over the past 20 years. We’re
already pushing 20 names and here are ten of the new entries. Keep them
coming to [email protected]

John Abi-saab: former Mayor of Wauchope and Mayor of Hastings who
lost a National Party preselection contest in Oxley then popped up on
Strathfield council, which was rocked in 2004 by allegations which triggered an
ICAC inquiry over alleged payments by local property developers. Abi-saab was accused
by ICAC of an elaborate blackmail plot to become mayor.

Frank
Arkell:
former Lord Mayor of Wollongong and ALP MP who resigned in disgrace
after paedophilia accusations and was eventually brutally
murdered.

George Droutsas: The ALP mayor in the City of Whitehorse and Bracks
government staffer was accused
of running dummy candidates in the 2005 election but was cleared of any
wrongdoing despite one candidate professing not to know they were running
until contacted by a local newspaper.

David Jones: the Bendigo mayor’s partner, Sheree
Robertson, was fined $1500 in January for lighting a fire on their property when
fire restrictions were in place.

Charles Matthews: the Randwick
City Councillor received a bathroom vanity from a developer after providing some
assistance on a development application. ICAC produced this report in 1995
but he remains on council to this day.

David
Saunderson:
ALP councillor in Geelong who is under
investigation
for failing to disclose developer donations.

Dean Sherriff: suspended as a Banyule councillor in Melbourne last year
after a road rage incident.

Alfred Tsang: Former
Strathfield mayor who in 2004 was filmed accepting cash from a local developer
who offered $200,000 for assistance with a local car park project. ICAC recommended
six people be charged and Tsang was eventually convicted.

David
Vendy:
the major of Ballarat was charged with one count of assaulting Frank
Campbell, an attendee at the proposed Learmonth saleyards panel hearing, in
March 2006.

John Wilmott: the Shoalhaven councillor tipped a bowl
of tomato sauce
over fellow Liberal councillor Gareth Ward during a council meeting after
disagreements about development codes and spelling.

Peter Fray

Get your first 12 weeks of Crikey for $12.

Without subscribers, Crikey can’t do what it does. Fortunately, our support base is growing.

Every day, Crikey aims to bring new and challenging insights into politics, business, national affairs, media and society. We lift up the rocks that other news media largely ignore. Without your support, more of those rocks – and the secrets beneath them — will remain lodged in the dirt.

Join today and get your first 12 weeks of Crikey for just $12.

 

Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey

JOIN NOW