Polglase takes a shot at inquiry
FORMER Tweed mayor Warren Polglase has hit back at the public inquiry into Tweed Shire Council, accusing Commissioner Maurice Daly of taking a dislike to anyone who stood up to his tactics.
And he has predicted statewide opposition if the NSW government tries to ban former councillors from standing in the next council election.
Mr Polglase said Professor Daly had singled out for criticism anyone who stood up to his inquiry and challenged the process, including the council's own solicitor Tony Smith.
"Daly and his cowboys wanted every one to bow down and kow-tow to them," Mr Polglase said yesterday.
"I believe what Tony Smith did was to act on behalf of the council and he took on the inquiry ... and I don't think Daly liked it one little bit."
Mr Polglase, who has been working as a relieving manager at the Kirra Beach Hotel Motel, said he also expected political opponents to use any ban on former councillors standing again to smear him if he chose to further his political career in the future.
He tipped the NSW Local Government and Shires Association would challenge any move to ban ex-councillors from standing again because they had not been found guilty of any offence.
With other councils facing inquiries, he warned such a move would set an alarming precedent.
"There has no proof of any wrong-doing," he said.
"It would be like a penalty served on you and you haven't been proved guilty."
Cr Polglase also questioned how former councillor Max Boyd could continue as one of the council's administrators if he was banned from standing for election.
"Max would have to stand down," he said.