Polglase wants new elections



THE NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has backed away from further action on allegations of wrongdoing by sacked Tweed councillors.

However, the independent commission's findings remain secret, even to the councillors named in the investigation.

Former Tweed mayor Warren Polglase yesterday said the lack of action obviously cleared sacked councillors and others criticised after the public inquiry into the council.

He called for fresh elections for Tweed council within six months.

ICAC has sent copies of its findings to both the commissioner of the public inquiry, Professor Maurice Daly, and to the Department of Local Government.

Yesterday calls to Prof Daly's public inquiry office were not returned.

Tweed council's chief administrator Garry Payne, who is the department's director general, said he would talk to ICAC officials about releasing the findings.

Mr Polglase said ICAC had clearly been unable to find any wrongdoing by any of the sacked 11 councillors despite "a thorough investigation".

"Consequently the councillors in my opinion have been cleared of anything," he said.

However Mr Polglase slammed Commissioner Daly for not forwarding on the advice from ICAC to those affected.

"You would have thought it was appropriate we would get some advice of the report," he said.

"He should now be man enough to come forward and say various bodies have cleared councillors and members of the public."



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