Clearing a name
By PETER CATON
DEVELOPER, solicitor and son of one of the sacked Tweed Shire councillors, Paul Brinsmead, has has started legal action to clear his name following criticism by the Daly Inquiry into the council early last year.
Mr Brinsmead, a director of the Tweed Coast development firm Resort Corp, and son of former pro-development councillor Bob Brinsmead, has commenced the action in the New South Wales Supreme Court against NSW Local Government Minister Kerry Hickey.
Mr Brinsmead has also elected to bring action against inquiry commissioner Professor Maurice Daly.
According to Mr Brinsmead, the action would seek an order that the report of the inquiry, so far as it relates to himself, be struck from the public record and is a nullity, because the inquiry failed to afford him procedural fairness or natural justice.
Mr Brinsmead said he believed other major identities in the development and tourism industry, who were also "wrongfully damaged", had been stirred into action.
He said he had "no doubt they would be pursuing their own remedies".
"I maintain that Maurice Daly made wrongful, highly damaging and unsupported allegations against me," he said.
"Including that I suborned witnesses and deliberately lied," he said.
Mr Brinsmead said Prof Daly had come to these conclusions without evidence supporting them, and in circumstances where his testimony has never been challenged.
"As the allegations were never put to me in the process of the inquiry, I was denied the opportunity to correct the mistaken assumption of the inquiry," he said.
Mr Brinsmead said he had every intention of seeing this legal process through to the end.
"I hope to rightly restore my hardearned good standing and reputation," he said.