Power fires off complaint to clear his name

By YVONNE McLEAN

GOLD Coast Deputy Mayor David Power's official complaint on the Crime and Misconduct's findings following its long investigative inquiry over the conduct of some candidates in the 2004 council election, was lodged in defence of his integrity and on legal advice.

Cr Power's complaint, seeking a review of the CMC findings, was lodged last week with the commission's parliamentary committee.

According to the deputy mayor there is sufficient evidence to indicate bias on the commission's part.

Cr Power particularly referred to the conclusion of CMC chairman Robert Needham that the 2004 poll had been corrupted by deceit and that the Gold Coast appeared to be a "wonderland".

"There were references in the chairman's report to the Tweed Shire Council (dismissed by the NSW Government because of links to developers) yet the Queensland Local Government Association's independent crime committee found the Gold Coast Council had done nothing wrong according the Act," Cr Power said.

Cr Power with Cr Grant Pforr and four others including candidates associated with the 2004 election were recommended for prosecution by Mr Needham for supplying alleged misinformation on their election returns.

"I have a determination to clear my name of any wrongdoing and the public should know that," Cr Power said.

There was some irony in the timing of the deputy mayor's complaint to the parliamentary committee.

It was lodged barely two days prior to the visit to the council by the Local Government Minister Desley Boyle.

In response to some public unrest, the minister has made it clear the CMC findings contained no grounds for the council's dismissal.



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