Council law gags free speech

LIKE one of your Toodyay councillors, I have been accused and found in breach of Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007, specifically, item 7(1)b, “making improper use of the office of council member to cause a detriment to the local government or any other person”.

I believe this regulation is often used to silence and intimidate elected members whose ability to question and bring to light maladministration and misconduct should be protected, not be stifled.

Election to public office should bring greater freedom of speech, more right to question things and discuss issues, not less.

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Cr Michael Southwell
(Shire of Capel) Gelorup