LOCAL GOVERNMENT —
ELECTED MEMBERS — EMPLOYER INFLUENCE
674. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the
Leader of the House representing the Minister for Local Government:
provision is there in statute, policy or practice to deal with a circumstance
in which an elected member of a local government, who is also in paid
employment, deals with a matter before council in a manner that is influenced
by the opinion of his or her employer?
provision is there in statute, policy or practice to deal with such a circumstance
if the influence of the employer extends to a threat to the elected member,
whether direct, implied or anticipated, that they risk losing their employment
if that employee does not act in accordance with the employer's wishes?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
Local Government Act 1995, part 5, division 6, ''Disclosure of financial
interests'', sets out the disclosure of financial interests in matters
affecting local government decisions, including financial interests, proximity
interests, indirect interests, impartiality interests, interests not requiring
disclosure and exemptions granted by the minister.
The member's question is not
clear. If he were to provide specific details, the minister would be prepared
to consider further. Any threat made by an employer to an employee related to
their employment should be reported to the appropriate authorities.