Monash Council has introduced measures to improve the functioning of Council meetings. However many believe that Council meetings are now more like a school classroom. “If people behave like children and act in an unprofessional way, they can expect to be treated like children. I make no apologies for that. I was elected Mayor a few weeks ago to fix our dysfunctional meetings and I am determined to do that” stated Mayor Geoff Lake – Hands on heads improves Monash Council meeting.
Councillors are now required to place two hands on their head if they wish to raise a point of order. I wonder what will be next? A time-out corner?
Now Mayor Geoff Lake wants an audit of councillor attendances at Council meetings. “This is because I have become alarmed at the attendance record of some councillors and, in particular, the approach that some councillors are taking in either providing no prior apology when they are absent from a Council meeting or providing unreasonable or insufficient notice of a planned extended absence” said Mayor Geoff Lake – Statement from Mayor Geoff Lake.
Even Monash Ratepayers believe that Monash Council is the School from Hell! Monash Ratepayers Inc Article Snippet:
Monash Council: The School from Hell
The ridiculing and gagging standing order for controlling council meetings is not enough for Mayor Lake. He now wants roll calling to be his new black in councillors’ conduct management. Tracking councillors’ attendance is his next level up in bastardising the LG Act’s code of conduct guidelines, of course conveniently through exercising his Mayoralty position. Source: https://monashratepayers.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/monash-council-the-school-from-hell/
I wonder what else will be added to meetings? Perhaps we should provide some suggestions. Here are some!
- Line up quietly to be marched into meeting room by Mayor Geoff Lake
- Councillors who do not come to meetings prepared will have detention!
- Three strikes – Clean up duty!
Instead of Monash Council spending $10,000 to monitor meetings, funds should be used to implement recording of meetings, to give more people access to meetings. It will also ensure a more transparent Council. Recording/Streaming Council Meetings Benefits Disabled Constituents.
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