SNIPPET FROM MONASH COUNCIL MEETING! IS THIS AN APOLOGY FROM MAYOR GEOFF LAKE?

Did you miss the recent Monash Council   meeting? Response to article? Is this an apology?

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There was an article in the Herald sun on 22 April 2014 stating that Monash mayor Geoff Lake provided a “tongue-in-cheek” response to Ratepayers Victoria president Jack Davis after Mr after Mr Davis questioned the legitimacy of local government.  Click on link to article:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/letters-to-ratepayers-chief-labelled-disgraceful/story-fni0fit3-1226892547786?sv=48dd6678059fdf66fecd567019cd153#.U1dPb0jnpXM.facebook

I read the article and find it quite astounding that Mayor Lake responded to a concerned citizen in this way. This is not the first time that Mayor Lake has behaved inappropriately.

http://www.news.com.au/national/kevin-rudds-star-victorian-recruit-geoff-lakes-abuse-of-wheelchair-bound-woman-revealed/story-fnho52ip-1226694514695

Has the Monash Mayor breached the code of conduct principles? Here are the code of conduct principles. What do you think? 

http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/council/documents/CouncillorsCodeofConductSep2013.pdf

councillors code of conductWould love to hear any comments or feedback from the community. Do you think Monash Council should have disciplined Mayor Geoff Lake for his actions?

 

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3 thoughts on “SNIPPET FROM MONASH COUNCIL MEETING! IS THIS AN APOLOGY FROM MAYOR GEOFF LAKE?”

  1. After asking people about the specifics of the matter, Councillors wanted to raise an internal conduct issue and as such, there is no avenue for any public member to ask for a conduct panel investigation into the matter. I heard that Jack Davies lodged an official complaint and the Deputy Mayor, after consulting with the Mayor and others, did not want to take this matter further and responded to Jack Davies that such communication style would not occur again, however with no sorry mentioned.

    If you look at the in-house conduct principles, definitely there is breach of conduct. As we all now, this Council has a bad and long reputation of conduct that favors disrespecting people, especially the elders, and allowing conflicts of interest and hiding information to be appropriate to suit Councillors as when and where needed in matters concerning decision making and community engagement. With such incident, especially about the ringleader Mayor, it is no wonder that the public continues to view that Monash Council fosters a culture of disrespect, lying and hiding disclosure, is party politics driven and governs with no real interests of the community at heart.

    So has the Mayor breached the code of conduct – the answer is YES, but with his accomplice Councillors, he gets away with the breach, because he is the ringleader and is given the power to do whatever he wants as a Mayor. This is the past to present leadership culture of Monash Council!

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  2. I was astounded when I read the article in the Herald Sun. The Mayor and Councillors are our elected representatives and as such should conduct themselves in a professional manner. Whatever they think of a constituent or the constituent’s behaviour is irrelevant. Every constituent has the right to ask a question and to receive a considered response. I am pleased to say that some Monash Councillors have a very professional approach to their roles but unfortunately, what I for one consider to be unprofessional conduct by the Mayor, reflects on them.

    We all need to consider these issues at election time and vote for Councillors who take their roles seriously and treat constituents with respect.

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