Local councillors could face longer suspensions, fines in review of code of conduct

Below is an extract by Jake McCallum NewsLocal State Political Reporter | The Daily Telegraph

Councillors could face harsh new penalties for behaving badly on ratepayers dime under a review of code of conduct laws. See how they could be punished.

Councillors behaving badly, beware — you could be slapped with tougher new sanctions including extended pay freezes and suspension from office over code of conduct breaches under a proposal by Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock.

On Friday, the Minister released the councillor accountability consultation paper, which calls for feedback on a series of changes proposed for dealing with complaints.

Ms Hancock told NewsLocal her “number one goal” would be to address lengthy review times of alleged breaches.

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